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Kia mulls diesel engines for US market

Kia Motors America (KMA) has said that converging emissions standards between Europe and the USA post-Euro 6 could pave the way for the introduction of diesel powertrains to its models Stateside. Euro 6 cuts the permitted NOx emissions from a diesel passenger car by more than half, to 80mg/km.

“In Europe, diesel is the number one powertrain for Sportage and Sorento," said Orth Hedrick, KMA's VP of product planning. "We looked at bringing it over here but we were faced with the cost of a whole new aftertreatment system for the USA. [Common regulations] will help us as we’ll be able to develop one system worldwide.

"Right now, there’s enough of a difference that we require two different aftertreatment systems, which is very expensive, and for us to field a diesel here – much as we’d like to – would be a giant undertaking," he added. "The German manufacturers have done very well with diesel but it’s also a giant subsidy. They’ve incurred huge costs that they haven’t passed on to the consumers. We’re hopeful for the 2017-2018 timeframe that we'll have a better shot at bringing diesel technology to market.”

KMA has widened its powertrain portfolio in 2014 with the launch in February of the 5-liter, V8-powered K900 luxury sedan. Hedrick said that a gasoline V6 will be considered for this vehicle in the future. Meanwhile the Soul EV will be launched later this year with Lithium polymer battery technology, joining the Optima Hybrid in the Kia range. Hedrick confirmed that Kia is working on a plug-in hybrid vehicle for future introduction but it is not clear when the car will be formally announced.

17 July 2014


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