Kia introducing bi-fuel gasoline-LPG Picanto in Europe

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Responding to growing customer demand in Europe for small cars with low running costs and low emissions, Kia is introducing a bi-fuel gasoline-LPG model to its Picanto small car range. Picanto LPG is powered by a special version of Kia’s three-cylinder 1.0-liter Kappa engine which produces 67 ps (66 hp, 49 kW) and 90 N·m (66 lb-ft) of torque. Drivers can switch from gasoline to LPG (and vice-versa) by pressing a button on the dashboard. Picanto Click to enlarge.

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JATO: electrified vehicles 13% of new car reg in Europe in January 2020; electrified vehicles only growth-driver

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They posted a record in volume and market share due to increasing incentives for consumers, greater awareness about the benefits of electrified vehicles, and the growing concern about diesel and gasoline cars, JATO said. Among the big markets, electrified vehicles counted for almost 19% in France, 14% in the UK, 12% in Spain, 10% in Germany and 8% in Italy.

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Tesla Model 3 Europe’s best-selling pure EV in February in its first full month on the market

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This was due to an 8% increase in registrations in Germany, which helped to offset double-digit falls in Italy, France, Spain and the UK. Volkswagen led the model rankings with the Golf, which saw a decline in its gasoline registrations (-18%), but an increase in its diesel registrations (+8%). It was the best performing SUV in Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and the second best in Germany, Croatia, Denmark and Italy.

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Fisker Recruits First US Dealers for PHEVs; Appoints First Distributors for Europe

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Fisker Automotive has appointed two distributors: for southern Europe, GP Supercars in Merano, Italy represented by CEO Gianfranco Pizzuto; and in northern Europe, Nellemann Group in Copenhagen, Denmark, represented by CEO Jac Nellemann. Nellemann is one of Europe’s oldest auto distributors, with ties going back to Nash and Morris, and at present time Kia, Jaguar and Aston Martin.

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