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Design competition honours Kia design team

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IMAGE: Peter Schreyer, president and chief designer of Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Group, »


Kia Motors was among the biggest winners at the Automotive Brand Contest 2014, an annual international design competition run by the German Design Council for automotive brands. The independent jury picked Kia as the winner in three categories.

The Kia design team, led by Peter Schreyer, president and chief designer of Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Group, won the ‘Team of the Year’ title for its work across three continents. The Korean automaker has design centres in Korea, California and Germany.

Two prizes were also awarded to Kia vehicles as Provo, a sporty B-segment concept car unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, was named ‘Best of Best’ in the Concepts category, while the second generation of the cult compact SUV, the Kia Soul, was distinguished as ‘Winner’ in the Exterior Volume Brand category. The award presentation took place last week, which opens its doors to the public on October 4.

“Peter Schreyer and his international team have done a grand job over the past few years,” the jury stated, justifying its choice for the special ‘Team of the Year’ award. “In an apparently saturated environment of formal possibilities for the brand, they have come up with a unique brand design that stands out from the crowd and gives it an unmistakable face.”

Peter Schreyer commented, “This triple triumph is a fantastic endorsement of the work done by our design team, who absolutely deserve this success. I am thrilled about the awards and proud of my team.

“The company chief said first-class automobile design doesn’t happen by accident; it’s the product of a continuous process based on passion and attention to detail. And only by striving for a lively exchange of ideas, and by being open to influences from different areas, is it possible to be really creative.

“The most important aspect, however, is team spirit, which can even reduce to nothing the distances between continents. The Kia design team consists of people of roughly 20 nationalities, languages and cultures – and yet every team member brings to the job the same passionate motivation to create something unmistakably Kia,” he said.

The Kia Provo concept stands out with its distinctively sleek, aerodynamic, and muscular design. Developed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the 3.88 meter-long B-segment vehicle is a car built entirely to cater to European tastes, and created to deliver a new interpretation of the DNA of sporting coupés of the past.

The Provo boasts all the advantages of cutting-edge materials and technologies, such as a smart four-wheel drive hybrid powertrain. It combines a Turbo GDI engine producing 204 ps (150 kW) with an electric motor delivering an additional power surge to the rear wheels when required, and also allowing for emissions-free, electric-only motion at low speeds.

For the new Kia Soul this latest title is the third prestigious design award after the ‘IF product design award’ and the ‘red dot award’. The exterior design of the second model generation was created at Kia’s design centre in Irvine, California.

Article Credit: Businessdayonline

Updated 3 Years ago

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