Malaysian automaker Naza – they of the Sutera supermini
and rebadged Kias
- announced it will soon bring the first Malaysian hybrid vehicle
to market, according to The Edge Daily
. The company's Ria (rebadged Kia Carnival) and Citra (rebadged Kia Carens) models will get the hybrid
feature. But don't look under the hoods for a large battery pack, these hybirds aren't HEVs, but dual-fuel option vehicles. The "hybrid" comes from the ability to use both petrol and natural gas
in the vehicle. It took Naza about six months to develop the natural gas technology for the cars, and the company is saying the benefit to consumers will be reduced fuel
costs. Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd will be installing natural gas facilities at 200 of its petrol stations by next year, up from 42 stations today.
Don't worry if you were misled about the definition of hybrid in this story. We first heard about the Naza hybrids from the Electric Drive Transportation Association
, a group not known for promoting natural gas vehicles. I think the word "hybrid" was all they needed to pass along the information.
[Source: The Edge
Daily via EDTA]