Kia Drives for Entry in Guinness Book of World Records

Kia isn't the only one boasting exemplary fuel efficiency, these days. In an era where fuel efficiency is at the forefront of consumers' minds, all automakers are clamoring to tout their estimated mpg. The trick, however, is to be the one consumers pay attention to.

In their latest effort to garner drivers' attention, Kia has enlisted its 2011 Optima Hybrid on a cross-country road trip, aiming to snag an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for achieving the best fuel economy in a gasoline hybrid car while driving through the America's 48 adjoining states.

The 8,000-mile road trip started on August 26, in Georgia. After proceeding though the country in a clockwise direction, it will commence in South Carolina, 16 days later. On Day 11, the team of drivers, reported, "....Our visit to Chicago also featured our fourth fill-up of the trip. Stopping on the south side of the city we filled up with 22.194 gallons after driving 1,519.4 miles, giving us a calculated 68.46 mpg (U.S.). Yes, you did read that correctly, we drove over 1,500 miles on a single tank of fuel, from Montana to the south side of Chicago."1

The next stop for the Kia Optima Hybrid team was New York City. To read more on their stop in the Big Apple, simply visit the Kia Optima Drive page on Facebook -

There too, you can read more about the car, the route, the team's success and view the image gallery. If you think the 2011 Kia Optima might suit your eco-friendly lifestyle, remember you can always swing by Butte's Mile High Kia.


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