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Kia Forte LPI Hybrid (There is a Car in the Picture too)  (Source: Kia World)
Forte LPI hybrid is the first car to use LG Chem Li-poly batteries

To meet the demand from consumers and the U.S. government, many of the automakers in America are hard at work on hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles like the Chevy Volt. American automakers aren’t the only one working hard on hybrid vehicles and Kia has introduced its hybrid for the Korean market today.

The vehicle is called the Kia Forte LPI hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The Forte LPI HEV uses a 1.6L direct injection engine that develops 114 horsepower and an electric motor that adds an additional 20 HP.

The car uses new LG Chem lithium polymer batteries, which are lighter and smaller than more common nickel-metal hydride batteries in most hybrid vehicles. Chevy's Volt will also use the same type of batteries.

Kia says that the vehicle is capable of 17.2 kilometers per liter of LPG fuel, which is equivalent to 41 MPG in the U.S. according to Kia World. Other features of the car include redesigned front and rear bumpers to differentiate the Forte LPI hybrid form other Kia vehicles. The car also has LED taillights and a Super Vision instrument cluster for its hybrid power train along with a navigation system.

The car is expected to hit the Korean market in August and may be launched in other markets where there is an excellent LPG distribution system -- namely China. The vehicle will not be coming to America, the standard Forte will be all American drivers can purchase.

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Look at those airbags!
By Lord 666 on 3/24/2009 4:15:52 PM , Rating: 3
Girl on the right should be safe in that car.

RE: Look at those airbags!
By FITCamaro on 3/24/09, Rating: 0
RE: Look at those airbags!
By VashHT on 3/24/2009 4:33:56 PM , Rating: 3
Too much plastic, do not want.

RE: Look at those airbags!
By jak3676 on 3/24/2009 4:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
Silicon parts are made for toys?

RE: Look at those airbags!
By acase on 3/24/2009 5:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, those dual airbags will save your life.

RE: Look at those airbags!
By DFranch on 3/25/2009 12:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but I bet they are cost prohibitive.

By therealnickdanger on 3/25/2009 7:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the best things are...

RE: Look at those airbags!
By Spivonious on 3/24/2009 4:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like the back of a Focus met the front of a 240SX.

By inperfectdarkness on 3/24/2009 6:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
looks like a saturn.

RE: Look at those airbags!
By Samus on 3/24/2009 7:39:05 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, it definately looks like an offspring of a focus and a saturn.

RE: Look at those airbags!
By The0ne on 3/24/2009 5:37:18 PM , Rating: 2
Looks the same but design is different, more uniform and streamline. But yeh, my first thought was a focus look alike.

I'm still waiting for the Focus RS to be release here in US :) Have the Impreza and Lancer now. Want the Rally Focus and Peugeot 206 :o

RE: Look at those airbags!
By Insomniator on 3/24/2009 7:17:44 PM , Rating: 3
holy crap I really want 2 of the 3 things in that picture

Need higher res pic...
By daar on 3/24/2009 10:17:25 PM , Rating: 2 analyze the car better...

But seriously, the girl on the right, she's neither the prettiest nor most well endowed Asian girl I've seen but... can't...stop...looking... =[

RE: Need higher res pic...
By mattclary on 3/25/2009 12:31:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'm thinking it's the hair. It really adds a lot, takes a good looking chick and puts her up a notch or two.

By BernardP on 3/25/2009 11:15:07 AM , Rating: 3
Forget the hybrid version which won't be available in North America. The new Forte, coming in a few months, is the car that will allow Kia to become a serious contender in the compact class. To my eyes, it looks better than Corolla/Civic/Mazda3. Mechanical specifications and equipment level are class-leading. Read more about it here:

By bravacentauri83 on 3/25/2009 1:12:30 AM , Rating: 2
...VERY green...

By ali123 on 3/27/2009 4:57:23 AM , Rating: 2
link to the original pic plz!

By smackababy on 3/24/09, Rating: -1
RE: Alernators?
By GeorgeH on 3/24/2009 5:00:59 PM , Rating: 2

They do use the vehicle's kinetic energy as a power source; the energy is reclaimed via regenerative braking. Frictional losses mean that you can't just "get up to speed" but need an engine to maintain speed. Alternators do not give you "free power"; they are parasitic and extract power from the engine's rotation. The "fuel lobby" has nothing to do with any of this - the real culprits are Carnot, Gibbs, and all the other founders of thermodynamics.

RE: Alernators?
By marvdmartian on 3/25/2009 9:36:54 AM , Rating: 2
Seeing it's a Kia, I'm surprised they didn't use the low tech hybrid system. You know, where you wind up a crank until the rubber band inside is tight, and it gives you your first 5 miles for free, without burning any gasoline!

Honestly, put either of those girls in the passenger seat, and I'm pretty sure the driver wouldn't care what sort of economy they were getting. ;)

RE: Alernators?
By teldar on 3/24/2009 6:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
That's like talking about putting a wind turbine on the top of a car to harness the wind power as the car goes forward. (I have actually seen people debate this)
The turbine would cause drag and eat up more power than it would possibly be capable of producing.

RE: Alernators?
By hadifa on 3/24/2009 7:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't you complicating it?

What about harnessing the wind power by putting a mass on top and drive in reverse? Now tell me that can't be done either! ;-)

RE: Alernators?
By teldar on 3/24/2009 8:03:50 PM , Rating: 2
Now that is one fine idea. I wish I had thought of something like that.

RE: Alernators?
By nafhan on 3/25/09, Rating: 0
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