OPTIMA PLUG-IN HYBRID WINS LARGE FAMILY CAR SEGMENT IN NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS 2016
The all-new Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and the all-new Kia Niro have received credit at the Next Green Car awards 2016. Praised for their environmentally-friendly values and focus on green energy, the two models are helping the Korean manufacturer to achieve its aim of reducing average CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.
The Optima (PHEV) was announced as the winner of the large family car category whilst 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."
The Optima (PHEV) boasts some impressive statistics; a range of up to 33 miles in all-electric mode means many regular urban commuter runs can be undertaken with no tailpipe emissions. Furthermore, a CO2 figure of just 37g/km means company car users pay just 7 per cent benefit-in-kind taxation in 2016-17.