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Kia Optima: Fuel Economy At Best

Marketed Around the Globe under Numerous Nameplates: Kia Optima

A mid-size vehicle of four-door Sedan; Kia Optima’s original manufacturers are Kia Motors who have marketed the vehicle globally since 2000 under various banner.

Kia Optima’s first generation cars had mostly been marketed under the banner of Optima, but for European and Canadian markets the name Kia Magnetis was used during the sales in 2002. The second generation vehicle popularized Kia K5 and Kia Lotze under the market of South Korea. Though the name Magnetis became globally popular, some countries like Malaysia and United States still retained Optima. The name Optima has now been flourished in all markets, only the exception being China where the automobile company plans to use the market name of South Korea.

Optima Declared 3rd by Car and Drivers:

In a comparison test conducted by Car and Driver on March 2012, Optima secured the third place out of 6 cars. The first and second were secured by Volkswagen Passat and Honda Accord respectively.

Kia Optima’s third generation has now been granted official entry during Perilli World Challenge. The 2012 season of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park which took place in Canada saw Michael Galati win the first victory by driving the Optima’s audio sponsored Infinity whereas the teammate Mark Wilkins secured the second place.

Photo Gallery of Kia Optima

Technical Characteristics of Kia Optima

Technical Characteristics of 2011 Kia Optima 2.0 Turbo produced by Kia (KR).

Body Type Saloon (sedan) 4 doors / 5 seats
Weight 1535 Kg
Length 4844 mm
Height 1455 mm
Wheelbase 2794 mm
Front Track 1595 mm
Rear Track 1595 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm
Fuel Capacity 70 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment transverse
Drive Wheels Front wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion PAS
Fuel Supply System direct petrol injection
Max Power 278HP (204 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque 365Nm @ 4500 rpm
CO2 Emissions n/a
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 1998 cc
Bore 86 mm
Stroke 86 mm
Cam Design DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders 4 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 4
Total Valves 16
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Aspiration Turbo
Front Brakes VeDi
Rear Brakes Di-S-ABS
Standard Wheels 6? x 17 / 6? x 17
Standard Tyres P215/55 R 17 / P215/55 R 17
Suspension Front I.MS.CS.ARB.
Suspension Rear I.MultiLi.CS.ARB.
Transmission 6 speed automatic
Number of gears 6
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h n/a
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City n/a
Road n/a
Mixt n/a

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