In addition to the previously released Soul urban crossover production version, Kia has just announced three more world premiers at next weeks Paris Motor show. With plans to progressively introduce ‘eco-friendly’ technologies across its model range in 2009 and beyond, Kia will showcase their latest developments which include the Soul Hybrid Concept, cee’d Hybrid Concept and cee’d ‘Idle Stop&Go’.
Kia’s new ISG (Idle Stop&Go) system, which automatically switches the engine off when the car is idling – and on again when traffic moves, will be available on Kia cee’d petrol models from early 2009. Fuel consumption and emissions is reduced by up to 15 percent in typical city driving conditions.
This Soul Hybrid features Kia’s Gamma 1.6-litre petrol engine, mated to a 15 kW, 105 Nm AC synchronised electric motor, Kia’s own CVT (continuously variable transmission), ISG (Idle Stop&Go) and ‘regenerative braking’ to re-charge its power pack. The prototype is designed to achieve a fuel consumption of 57.6 mpg and a CO2 figure of 117 g/km. The Soul Hybrid concept has a panoramic powered folding fabric roof, plus a transparent bonnet and floor, so the new hybrid powertrain and battery pack can be viewed by show visitors.
The Kia cee’d Hybrid like the Soul Hybrid, also uses the 1.6-litre engine and 15 kW electric motor. Environmental performance targets are 58.9 mpg and a CO2 figure of 114 g/km.has been created by Kia R&D to take part in ‘real-world’ test activities in Europe.