Hyundai, Kia working on fuel-sipping versions of the Elantra, Accent, Forte

Kia Forte Koup

Hyundai is on its way to improve its brand image with the new Genesis Sedan and Coupe; however, the brand has no plans to abandon small-car customers who want affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles. As such, Hyundai and its sister brand Kia have announced that they will launch an extra fuel-efficient range of models for the Hyundai Elantra, Accent and a “fuel-economy package” for the Kia Forte.

Like the Chevrolet Cobalt XFE or the Ford F-150 SFE, Hyundai and Kia will employ relatively simple enhancement to help their cars get an additional mile or two from each gallon of gas.

Updates include a 5-speed automatic over a 4-speed,  tires with lower rolling resistance, electric instead of hydraulic power steering, aerodynamic enhancements and a “smart” alternator that has less drag on the engine.

Hyundai said the vehicles will be a part of the company’s move to meet its goal of 35 mpg average fuel economy for its vehicle fleet by 2015. All three models should be on sale later this summer as 2010 models.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: CARandDRIVER