Optima Hybrid Sets A World Record

How Did the Kia Optima Set a World record?

Recently, two men by the names of Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius, took the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid on a journey through 48 States. On their Journey, they traveled just under 8,000 miles, and through a variety of driving conditions. Whats amazing about this trip? They made the journey using only 5.5 tanks of  Fuel, setting a Guinness World record. Watch the Video below for more information. You can also visit our Kia dealership, serving greater Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, to test drive this or other great Kia models!

7899 miles       5.5 Tanks of Fuel        14 Days

9 Easy Steps to Better Fuel Economy;

Step 1:
Remove all the Unnecessary luggage from your vehicle.
  • Everything that's in your car adds weight.
  • Try Cleaning out your vehicle to help sabe on fuel costs

Step 2: Check Your Tire Pressures Often

  • Making sure that your tires are inflated to the manufacturer suggest amount is very important to saving fuel.
  • Higher tire pressures equals less rolling resistance
  • Remember; Tire Pressures can change based on the temperature of the air

Step 3: Follow the Car in Front of You when In Bad Weather

  • When its raining heavily, follow the car in front of you.
  • Stay in their tracks to reduce the amount of resistance.
  • If there are ruts in the road where water tends to accumulate, ride in between those ruts to decrease resistance.

Step 4: Try to drive when its Warm

  • Cold tires, road, and Engines all lead to less efficiency.
  • This can be during the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Try to drive in the mid day when temperatures are warmer

Step 5: Reduce resistance at High Speeds

  • When driving at higher speeds, keep your windows up to reduce resistance, and be more aerodynamic.
  • Try to use your flow-thru ventilation when possible.

Step 6: Try Not to Stop and Go in Traffic

  • Leave enough room between you and the car in front of you when in traffic
  • Try to keep your car moving at a consistent rate of speed
  • This is much more efficient than stopping an going over and over in traffic.

Step 7: Parking Correctly
  • Back into your parking spot.
  • This will allow for an easy and efficient way of leaving your parking spot when your engine is cold.

Step 8: Pulse and Glide

  • When Driving Your car at higher speeds, simply accelerate to the desired speed, and then let your foot off the gas and glide whenever possible.
  • This will allow the engine to essentially turn off at higher speeds

Step 9: Try to Brake Easily

  • Apply light pressure to the brakes.
  • Braking allows your Hybrids battery to recharge

(1) Guinness World Records® "Lowest fuel consumption driving through all 48 contiguous U.S. states in a gasoline hybrid car."
(2) Optima Hybrid quantities are limited and available only at Hybrid authorized Kia dealers. Contact your local Kia dealer.
(3) 2012 EPA fuel-economy estimates 35 mpg/city and 40 mpg/hwy on 2012 Optima Hybrid. 2013 EPA fuel-economy estimates 27 mpg/city and 35 mpg/hwy on Soul Base model with 1.6L GDI engine. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle's condition.
(4) Class-leading claims for 2012 Optima Hybrid based on comparison of 2012 hybrid midsize sedans as of June 2012. Class-leading claims for 2013 Optima with 2.0L GDI Turbo engine based on comparison of 2012 and available 2013 midsize sedans as of June 2012. Class-leading claims for 2013 Soul with 1.6L GDI engine based on comparison of 2012 and available 2013 compact wagons as of June 2012.


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