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Kia Niro recognized for Guinness record

Hybrid crossover drives from LA to NY using just 4 tanks of gasoline

Published: December 18, 2016, 9:30 PM
Updated: December 22, 2016, 6:34 AM

Kia Niro record setter

Kia’s newest crossover — the hybrid Niro — has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the hybrid to use the lowest amount of fuel on trip from Los Angeles to New York.

Everybody’s calling it a “World Record” but all that means in many of today’s cases is that nobody’s ever attempted it before, as was the case here. Kia also held the “world record” for driving around the connected United States (48 of them) in a hybrid — and Optima Hybrid, actually driven by the same person who set this latest record — only to have it broken in short order by a Honda Insight.

Kia Niro

This latest brush with world recordness was achieved by hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes (who hails from Carlsbad, California), with co-driver Robert Winger (Williamsburg, Virginia). The duo drove from Los Angeles City Hall to New York City Hall — a distance of 5,979.4 km — in the stock Niro EX using just 183.6 litres of unleaded gasoline (just over four full 45-litre fuel tanks).

For those keeping track, that’s a real-world fuel consumption of 3.07 L/100 km. That’s not bad at all, considering the Niro is expected to be rated at about 4.4 L/100 km combined when it reaches showrooms in summer 2017.

“We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s record-breaking performance,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning Kia Motors America. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-world utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record title confirms our achievement.”

The Niro hybrid uses a 103 hp 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine and a 32kW electric motor (fed by a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery). Combined hp is 146, and peak torque is 195 lb-ft. The front-wheel drive car uses 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.