Kia Debuts Cee'd and Soul Hybrid Concepts in Paris

 Kia Debuts Ceed and Soul Hybrid Concepts in Paris
Kia Soul Hybrid Concept

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. 

Source: Kia
Published Sep 26, 2008 7:32 am By Brian Potter

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i dont like kia... but the worst of them all is probably the sportage
Sep 27, 2008 1:05 am
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I have no idea into what niche the Kia Soul falls into, but I'm beginning to like it nevertheless. I must have seen too many horrid cars recently, still trying to conquer my gag-reflex from the VW pickup...
Sep 26, 2008 9:36 pm
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