Kia Motors Goes Greener in the Manufacturing Process


by Carl Drotsky


When the majority of environmentalists speak about cars being "green", only pollution caused by running the vehicle is normally considered. It's more accurate, however, when gauging how eco-friendly a vehicle is to include how much energy is saved during the manufacturing of the vehicle. Yes, fuel conservation is key in whether or not a car can be labeled "green", but with all the cars which are being produced each year, a truly "green" car must be so also in the production processes. Kia Motors is one of the few car companies out there today who truly strives for optimal energy conservation not just while driving but while manufacturing each and every car.

For the last seven years, Kia factories have been aiming to use less water when manufacturing their vehicles, and they have done just that by a remarkable twenty-seven percent. Besides offering one of the purest combustion engines on the globe through the all-new Kia Rio, this car manufacturer has incorporated a unique system in which heat from the production process can be reused; this greatly lowers the volume of toxins which are emitted into the environment per vehicle. Many motor vehicle corporations only do what they have to in order to meet government requirements regarding the environment, but car manufacturer is one of the few who truly goes the distance to reach optimal eco-friendliness.

This car manufacturer has created many features to help its motor vehicles run much more economically. The Intelligent Stop & Go system, for example, actually turns off the engine when the car is motionless at a stop light or in traffic and restarts it immediately when you push the accelerator. Many of Kia's manual transmissions even direct you as you drive when to shift in order to get the best fuel consumption possible. These two features alone will save you at least ten to fifteen percent savings on fuel. Manufacturers have even created an internal system that rates your efficiency as you drive on levels zero to eight. The symbol of a flower actually shows up on your digital dashboard when you reach the highest level of efficiency.

Kia Motors isn't satisfied with its "green" level just yet. By the year 2015, they aim to produce cars that are at least ten percent lighter; this would result in fuel savings of a minimum of three percent which may not sound like much, but times that by how many Kia cars are being driven to see what you come up with! Besides the constant striving for fuel consumption savings, each manufacturing plant does its part to ensure the most eco-friendly manufacturing processes possible. The factory in Georgia, for example, has set up the "Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Environmental Policy Statement" which is basically like a declaration of its commitment to eco-friendliness. Part of that commitment is to do everything in their power to prevent pollution of any kind while preserving the natural resources it takes to produce their vehicles.

The Kia factories in the United States are certainly not the only ones becoming more eco-conscious in their production of motor vehicles. The Slovakian factory was given the International Certificate of Environmental Management for their innovative technology which was strategic in getting the level of poisons released much lower than it had been in previous years. What's more are the Korean factories where a "zero landfill waste" tactic was put in place; this has led to factories recycling more than ninety percent of manufacturing waste. If you've decided to do your part for the environment where your car is concerned, Kia is the way to go in both running capacity as well as the manufacturing procedures.




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