SEOUL, May 15 (Yonhap) -- Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's second largest carmaker by sales, on Monday launched the country's first plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle model.
The Niro plug-in hybrid can travel up to 840 kilometers -- 40 kilometers on a single charge and 800 km on a combined gasoline-battery drive. The 1.6-liter engine model has 141 horsepower on tap and 27.0 kilogram-force meters of torque, the company said in a statement.
The model is priced at 33 million won and 35 million won (US$29,400-$31,100) depending on features, Kia said.
The carmaker also placed the upgraded version of the Niro conventional gasoline hybrid in the market with a price tag of between 23.55 million won-27.85 million won, it said.
In recent years, local demand for hybrid and electric cars has been on the rise, helped by improvements in nationwide charging infrastructure and reasonable prices for the environmentally friendly vehicles.
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