- Kia’s newest crossover sets lofty mark of 76.6 mpg driving coast-to-coast from Los Angeles to New York City
- 3715.4 miles and only 4.1 tanks of gas
- New kind of crossover boasts a number of firsts for Kia, including a new, dedicated eco-car platform and a unique hybrid system
Arriving at New York City Hall in downtown Manhattan, the all-new Kia Niro officially received a Guinness World Record® title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the USA from coast to coast (hybrid car). The new record-setting mark is an incredible 76.6 mpg.
“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 EX was driven by Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, California, and co-driver Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Virginia, 3,715.4 miles from Los Angeles City Hall to New York City Hall using only 48.5 gallons or 4.1 tanks of gas. The vehicle was not altered in any way for the attempt.
The Niro, an Urban Crossover Hybrid Vehicle, is the first dedicated Kia hybrid and was conceived to bridge the gap between outstanding fuel economy and compact crossover usefulness. In addition to its athletic and attractive design, the Niro’s long list of features includes: a specially-designed, innovative hybrid system to provide a more dynamic and engaging driving experience; a spacious cabin with lots of room for five occupants and their gear; a full array of advanced driver assistance features available like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Smart Cruise Control.
The new Kia Niro also comes with a 7" touch screen which features Sat-Nav with TomTom, WiFi, reversing camera and the latest in in car connectivity - Apple CarPlay™ (available in 2017) and Android Auto™.
For more on the all-new Niro see here: All-New Kia Niro
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