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Kia Optima 2.0l GDI Launched in the US

The success story of South Korean manufacturer Kia in the US has determined the car maker to push for the introduction of more and more models on the local market. That push materialized this week with the introduction of Kia's first turbocharged vehicle in the country, the Optima 2.0l GDI.

The model features a turbocharged engine, which is capable of developing 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of peak torque. The engine will be offered for two of the model's trim levels, the EX and SX and, thanks to the six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic clutchless shifting, promises to bring an estimated fuel consumption level of 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway.

Safety wise, the model entering the US this week brings a wide array of technologies, including ix airbags, front active headrests, side-impact door beams, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist System (BAS) and Hill Assist Control (HAC).

Standard features on the Kia Optima include air-conditioning, electric windows front and rear, CD/Stereo with 6 speakers, keyless-entry with alarm system, mirror LED turn signals, windshield de-icer and folding rear centre armrest with twin cup-holders.

"The 2011 Kia Optima is an example of Kia's commitment to exceptional quality, style, and innovation over the past decade, establishing a new benchmark in an already crowded mid-size sedan segment," said Michael Sprague, Kia vice president, marketing & communications.

"The Optima's first-ever two-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection not only makes the Optima lineup a more compelling choice for consumers, the combination of Kia's transformational design language, standout performance, and best-in-class value hit a sweet spot our competitors in the segment can't match."
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