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Kia launches diesel turbo hybrid optima

Kia, the Korean automotive brand, introduced a diesel-electric turbo hybrid version of it Optima luxury sedan, to the market recently.

Powered by the model's 1.7 litre CRDI turbo-diesel engine, and an electric motor that runs on a 48V lead-carbon battery, the vehicle features a zero-emission stop-start system, and can be driven in electric-only mode at low speeds. "The concept car showcases the extent to which Kia has developed hybrid technology," said Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors (Lanka) Limited, Andrew Perera.

"Although a right-hand drive version is not envisaged, Kia fans in Sri Lanka will be enthusiastic about this development because it could one day benefit other models," he said.

A new belt-driven starter generator replaces the conventional alternator in the Optima diesel hybrid, meaning the engine can restart with virtually no noise or vibration.

The system also allows an innovative electric supercharger for the CRDI engine in addition to the conventional turbocharger, providing improved power and torque at all engine speeds.

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