Korean Manufacturer Introduces Propane Autogas Sub-Compact

Korea-based automaker Kia has debuted its propane autogas Kia Picanto – a bi-fuel vehicle that will be initially rolled out in Germany, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands.

The LPG Picanto uses Kia's three-cylinder, 1.0-liter Kappa engine, which produces approximately 65 horsepower and 65 ft.-lb. of torque. The vehicle offers about 40.5 mpg and features a 9.25-gallon gasoline tank and 7-gallon LPG tank. Drivers can switch between gasoline to propane by pressing a button on the dashboard.

When it goes on sale later this year, the left-hand-drive Picanto LPG will be the first and only LPG-powered car in the marketplace with a seven-year, 150,000-km warranty, Kia says.

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