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    KIA Debuts Its Optima Hybrid, a Lower Priced Gas-Electric Vehicle
    KIA Debuts Its Optima Hybrid, a Lower Priced Gas-Electric Vehicle

    Kia has confirmed that the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, the first Kia hybrid vehicle in the USA, will cost $26,500 for the base model when it hits the market.

    New Optima Hybrid, a lower priced variant of the mid-size Hyundai Sonata, was first unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. It has the same 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine with six speed automatic transmission, and gasoline-electric motor as its kin Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Fuel consumption is estimated 35/40 miles per gallon city/highway. A set of LG Chem lithium polymer batteries completes the Kia Optima Hybrid package.

    The gas-electric vehicle comes with standard features, including rear backup camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button start with smart key, cooling glove box, dual zone automatic temperature control, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and UVO, Kia’s brand new voice-activated infotainment and communication system.

    For an additional $5,000, Kia manufacturer offers the Hybrid Premium Technology Package that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, driver’s seat memory, heated steering wheel and seats, HID headlamps with automatic leveling, a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, an upgraded eight-speaker Infinity audio system.