Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Optima Sets New Record

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Optima Sets New Record

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KIA Motors is one of the automotive industry's current fuel economy leaders and today the brand is celebrating the setting of a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid gasoline vehicle, while driving through all 48 adjoining US states.

Drivers Wayne Gerdes from Wadsworth, Illinois, and Chris Bernius from New York City, successfully piloted a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan through a 7899 mile route across America and achieved an incredible average fuel consumption of 64.55mpg US (3.64 l/100 km), beating the car's official EPA highway fuel consumption figure by 61.37%.

Kia's 48 state challenge was completed in 14 days driving an average of 564 miles per day. The Optima Hybrid used just over 5.5 tanks of gasoline to complete the route, recording an average distance of 1418 miles between fill-ups. To comply with Guinness World Record guidelines, the Optima Hybrid had to carry two people and their luggage throughout the journey.

The record attempt was verified by Philip Robertson, Adjudicator at Guinness World Records, who also presented the drivers with their Guinness World Record certificate at an official handover ceremony at Kia Motors' manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia on September 12.

The record set is officially titled aLowest fuel consumption driving through all 48 contiguous US states in a gasoline hybrid cara, which is a new category created by Guinness World Records. In order to qualify for a new record, the Kia Optima Hybrid was required to achieve a minimum of 52.27mpg, which the fuel-sipping Optima Hybrid exceeded by 23%.

After a send-off by local dignitaries and Kia team members on August 26 at Kia's manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, the drivers departed on their epic journey in a clockwise direction, with the two drivers averaging approximately 564 miles per day. They finished their route in the city of Greenville, South Carolina, just over two weeks later on September 9. …

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