While Volkswagen Recovers from the Diesel Emissions Scandal, Kia Bets on Diesel with New 48V Mild Hybrid System
Between the Volkswagen Emission Scandal and so many other automakers cooking their emissions figures like an accountant for the Mob, the future of diesel looks bleak. Some automakers are trying to save them while others are starting to venture away from them. After all, electric cars are the future, right? Well, be that as it may, Kia is betting on diesel to stay around a little longer and even claims it can cut emissions by as much as seven percent on the NEDC cycle thanks to a new 48-volt mild-hybrid drivetrain.
Kia unveiled the 2009 Borego SUV at the Detroit Auto Show. This model, that will go on sale this summer, is powered by either a 3.8 liter V6 engine or 4.6 liter V8 DOHC engine that produces more than 300 horsepower. The V8 engine is mated to Kia’s new six-speed automatic transmission.
Also, at the Detroit Auto Show Kia presented a V6 diesel engine, which the company says will be available in the Borrego later in 2010. The engine produces up to 247hp with a torque of 398 lb-ft.
Kia Motors has confirmed that it will add ‘eco’ versions of the Kia cee’d model to its product line-up early in 2009. Based on the green-performance eco_cee’d concept car first shown at last month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the new ‘eco’ versions of Kia cee’d will achieve better fuel consumption, with fewer emissions – while still delivering a lively, spirited drive.