Two new models due in 2011 will have CO2 emissions at less than 100g/km, while the Ceed will also gain a sub-100g/km version.
The next generation Picanto, due next year with both three-door and five-door versions, will have a model emitting just 95g/km.
Meanwhile the next-generation Rio model will be available with a new diesel engine with CO2 emissions expected to be 85g/km.
The reductions will be possible through new engines, improved aerodynamics on the new models and Kia’s ISG stop-start system.
A new variant of the Ceed should be capable of 94/gkm using the ISG system, while Kia is also planning to launch electric versions of the Venga and Soul in future.
Kia is also planning to downsize its engine range, with more powerful and efficient diesel engines starting with the new 1.7 CRDi about to be launched in the Sportage alongside a 1.6 GDi direct injection petrol engine.
More small petrol engines using turbochargers to reach the power outputs provided by today’s normally aspirated engines, but with lower CO2 emissions will follow.
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