Orth Hedrick, Kia Motors of America, took some time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com.
The Kia Optima is Kia’s first hybrid. Now, Kia has a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Where does Kia stand with direct injection and turbocharging?
The new engine goes from 200 horsepower to 274, losing only 2 miles per gallon. How do they do that?
But what about if they were to take a 1-liter 3 cylinder. Wouldn’t that be even better? Could they add a turbocharger to that?
Which cars would get the 1-liter 3-cylinder? What about using lithium-polymer batteries?
What percentage of sales is Kia’s hybrid? Does Kia use CVT?