Clarus 1.8 rated highly in What Car? Green Car Guide
In a recent emissions tests of 83 automobiles currently on sale in the U.K. conducted
by Sweden-based exhaust emissions testing specialist Rototest and the leading auto
monthly What Car?, the 1.8-liter version of the Kia Clarus was rated tops in the family
With the governments in the U.K. and most other European countries planning to soon
implement automobile taxes based on exhaust emissions, this test result is expected
to have a major impact on Credos' awareness and sales throughout the region.
Outperforming vehicles from international automakers including Toyota, Nissan, Opal,
VW, and Peugeot, Clarus' 1.8-liter engine earned an Environment Pollution Index (EPI)
rating of 78 points. Second and third places in the test published in the June edition of
What Car? went to the Mitsubishi Carisma and VW Passat, both with 81 points.
Tests of cars from fellow Korean automaker Hyundai saw the 1.8-liter Lantra and 2.0-liter
Sonata score 8th and 17th respectively in the family car class with EPI ratings of 95 and 127.
The 1.8-liter T8D engine found in Clarus is the first Korean-designed and -developed
engine in its class. Entering production in 1995, this DOHC gasoline engine received the
prestigious Chang Young Shil inventor's award from the Korea Industrial Technology
Association that same year. The results of this exhaust emission test reaffirms the
world-class level of Kia's engine engineering and production technology.
This first What Car? Green Car Guide emissions test program covered vehicles in seven
categories, including multipurpose vehicles, family cars, full-sized cars, and sports cars.
German-made cars took top honors in all but the family car category.
The EPI rating in the tests is a composite index which measures the hydrocarbon (HC),
carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and other pollutants present in vehicle exhaust.
Lower ratings indicate a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly car.