22 Aug '16, 5pm

Kia Mild Hybrid Could be Scuttled, a Result of Dieselgate Fallout

Kia Mild Hybrid Could be Scuttled, a Result of Dieselgate Fallout

Korean automaker Kia is considering putting aside its planned diesel-engine mild hybrid program as emissions regulations become tighter and Volkswagen’s Dieselgate has heightened scrutiny of diesel engines. Albert Biermann, Kia’s performance development chief, told British publication Autocar it’s becoming more difficult to support the development of the more costly diesel engine as emissions regulations become increasingly tougher. “The research project is still going on,” Biermann told Autocar , “but the cost of electric motors and batteries in a hybrid is already significant. The question is whether it is really necessary to throw in a more expensive diesel engine.” The project was introduced with the Optima T-Hybrid concept shown at the 2014 Paris motor show. The mild hybrid system combined Optima’s 134 horsepower 1.7-liter four-cylinder CRDi turbodiesel engine with a ...

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