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 |  Aug 30 2011, 6:00 PM

Kia Motors is participating in an 8,000 mile trip with the 2011 Optima Hybrid sedan in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid car.

Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius will drive through 48 states in 16 days. Both drivers are experienced fuel economy drivers and the 2011 Optima Hybrid is bone stock, in accordance to Guinness’ strict rules. The Optima set off from Kia’s plant in West Point, Georgia on August 26 and is scheduled to conclude its drive on September 10 in South Carolina.

“Fuel economy is becoming increasingly important to car buyers all around the world, and the Kia Optima Hybrid is one of our latest models to address this consumer requirement,” Senior Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation Thomas Oh, said.

Currently, the Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid car was set in October 2010 using a Toyota Auris Hybrid. Amazingly, the Toyota covered 307.58 miles while only using 4.53 gallons of fueling, achieving 67.89 mpg.

GALLERY: Kia Optima

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[Source: Left Lane News]

 |  Aug 01 2011, 2:15 PM

According to a woman in South Carolina, when truck nuts are outlawed, only outlaws will have truck nuts.

The Man is holding 65-year old Virginia Tice down with a $445 fine after she put a pair of dangling truck nuts on the back of her Dodge. She was spotted at a convenience store by the chief of police of Bonneau, South Carolina, a state that defines these plastic dangling bits as “indecent vehicle ornaments.” However, Tice isn’t taking this lying down, as most do with a pair of nuts: she’s taking the matter to court with a jury trial.

“She’s such a sweet lady and she just says ‘I don’t want to pay the fine,’” said police chief Franco Fuda (who sounds like he might come from somewhere overseas, like Maryland). “We’ll let a jury decide whether this is really criminal behavior. I don’t want to take away from the importance of free speech, but it’s really comical.”

This isn’t the first time South Carolina has threatened to take truck nuts from the people’s cold, dead hands. The jury will determine whether Tice has violated obscenity laws, or if Fuda is a freedom-hatin’ Commie hell-bent on taking away one’s God-given right to novelty testicular facsimiles.

[Source: Gawker]

 |  May 01 2011, 9:51 PM

Full of crap? Not exactly, but as it turns out BMW‘s Spartansburg, South Carolina plant gets over 37% of its power from methane gas harvested and compressed from a local landfill, which is enough to land it a solid 4th place rating on the EPA’s Top 20 Green Power Partners list.

“BMW Manufacturing is leading the way by using renewable energy sources,” said Elizabeth Craig, a director at the EPA. “Their actions are helping to protect air quality and green our power supply.”

The statistics for the methane power generation program are impressive: BMW claims that it has reduced CO2 emissions by 92,000 tons a year, which also saves the company $5 million in energy costs. The company invested over $12 million into the program since 2003, and it’s paid off by generating 37 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, the highest proportion of green power on the EPA’s top 10 list.

The Spartansburg plant builds the X3, X5 and X6 SUVs, and for at least one of those, the poo analogy is apt.