Two of Kia’s all-new models this year have had recognition for their environmentally-friendly values and focus on green energy. These models are steps towards the Korean manufacturer’s aim to cut its average CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, and now have been praised in the Next Green Car Awards 2016.
The all-new Optima Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) has been announced as the winner of the large family car category. Not only this, but the all-new Niro was commended in the crossover category. This is the first win for Kia from Next Green Car, and second commendation following the Soul EV being nominated in 2014.
Next Green Car state that their mission is “to help car buyers find, compare and buy a greener, more economical car “ and their annual awards are a part of this. In the Next Green Car awards 2016, the shortlisted models vary from city cars, through to large SUVs. Nominated models must be available to buy or order in 2016 and are judged based on their capability, impact on its sector, value for money and suitability for purpose.
A spokesperson from Next Green Car said: "Smooth, spacious, and stylish, the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid offers plenty of kit and a comfortable driving experience. Throw in the plug-in powertrain that has a very handy electric-only range, and the Kia is likely to prove a popular addition to the line-up."
With a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode, the Optima PHEV is able to complete many regular urban commuter runs with no tailpipe emissions, while its CO2 figure of just 37g/km means company car users pay just 7 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2016-17.