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Kia EcoDynamics at Paris

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Kia has three new low CO2 models on display at the Paris Motor Show, one of which – the Eco cee’d – emits just 94 g/km, although it’s just a concept at this stage.

The Eco cee’d five-door hatchback is a concept car powered by a modified version of Kia’s 90 PS 1.4-litre diesel engine . Changes to improve efficiency include fitting a variable water pump, an alternator with power-saving management system and an over-run decoupling system.

The car also features Kia’s ISG Start/Stop system – which automatically switches off and then restarts the engine when at a halt – along with optimised gear ratios and a large underbody panel to smooth its aerodynamics.

The Eco Venga emits 114 g/km CO2, and this model is due for production later in 2010. The new Eco Venga features Kia’s 1.4-litre, 75 PS diesel engine, plus many of the technologies from the Eco cee’d concept. In addition, low-friction engine oil, special low-torque taper roller bearings in the transmission and low-rolling resistance, high pressure tyres help to reduce CO2 emissions.

The Sportage Mild Hybrid emits 117 g/km CO2, but again it’s currently only a concept. Based on the all-new Sportage compact SUV now on sale across Europe , this model is powered by the new 1.7-litre diesel engine. This engine, which produces 115 PS and 260 Nm of torque, is mated to a 5 kW electric motor with a double layer capacitor. There are also changes which cut aerodynamic drag, brake drag and tyre resistance.