Kia wins four ‘red dot’ awards for its compact models
- New Kia pro_cee’d receives the ‘Best of the Best’ award
- ‘Winner’ awards go to the Kia cee’d, the cee’d Sportswagon and the new Kia Carens
(SEOUL) March 12, 2013 – Kia’s design team has won four prestigious ‘red dot’ design awards, including a ‘Best of the Best’ distinction for the new Kia pro_cee’d in the product design category. The Kia cee’d five-door, cee’d Sportswagon and Carens compact MPV models collected ‘Winner’ awards.
Along with the iF product design award in November 2012, this is the second prize won by the Kia pro_cee’d before the new model goes on sale later this month. The four 2013 awards bring the total number of Kia’s red dot wins to 10 since 2009. Kia’s Soul, Venga, Sportage compact SUV and D-segment Kia Optima sedan – the latter was awarded the coveted ‘Best of the Best’ prize – were followed last year by awards for the five-door Kia Rio B-segment hatch and the A-segment Kia Picanto.
“We are very proud of the ‘red dots’ that have been awarded to all of the cee’d family, along with the new Carens. And we are especially enthusiastic about the ‘Best of the Best’ award for the Kia pro_cee’d because, after the Kia Optima, yet another of our vehicles has received the highest honours from the jury,” says Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation.
“The fact that our most important compact models have won four prizes is a great acknowledgement of the work of our international design teams. Our cars have now been winning for five years in a row, which once again confirms that we are on the right path with our consistent design strategy.”
red dot award: a seal of quality in product design
The Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia founded the red dot awards programme in 1955, and it is now one of the most prestigious design contests in the world. The internationally acclaimed seal of quality features ‘product design’, ‘communication design’ and ‘design concepts and prototypes’ categories. This year, 1,865 manufacturers from 54 countries submitted 4,662 products. A 37-strong jury judged the products according to nine criteria, including degree of innovation, clarity of function, formal quality and sustainability. The award presentation will be held at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen on 1 July 2013.
The cee’d family and the Carens: attractive choices in the compact class
The cee’d family first launched in Europe in 2007 and is now well-established in the C-segment. The winner of the 2013 red dot ‘Best of the Best’ award, the three-door Kia pro_cee’d, sports a new athletic look that sets it apart from the five-door cee’d model. It is exceptionally well-specified with a high level of equipment as standard and is offered with two diesel (1.4-litre and 1.6-litre) and two petrol (1.4-litre and 1.6-litre) engines, with up to 99kW of power and CO2 emissions from under 100 g/km.
The Kia Carens is a new family-friendly compact MPV that builds on the already excellent functionality and flexibility of its predecessor with a new sleek elegance. In both its five and seven-seat configurations, the new Carens offers an impressive specification as standard, including air conditioning, audio system, multifunctional steering wheel, cruise control and LED daytime running lights. The Carens is available with a choice of two petrol engines (1.6-litre and 2.0-litre) and a 1.7-litre turbo diesel, with performance spanning 99 to 122kW and CO2 emissions from 124 g/km.
Vehicle specifications and standard equipment mentioned in this news release are for models sold in Western Europe.
This highly converted, internationally recognized award is only awarded to a few Kia dealerships in the world.
Here at Toowong Kia we strive for excellence and pride ourselves on giving customers the satisfaction they are being well looked after.
The award have given us great pride in the work we do, knowing that the high standards we hold within our dealership is recognized by Kia.
Australia will be the first and only market outside Europe to take on the new car.
This is exciting news for Kia Motors Australia as it is a whole new level of performance and style.
Though not much information has been passed on in regards to the GT Turbo in regarding when we will get it and how much it will cost, we do know that the car will be powered by the 1.6 GDI engine boosted by a few internal upgrades and a twin-scroll turbocharger to produce a thrilling 150Kw (201hp) and 265Nm of torque which will propel the GT Turbo from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds onto a top speed of 230km/h.
More details and release dates will be provided once they become available.
Scott Douma – New car sales executive – Toowong Kia
Hi my name is Scott Douma and I am one of the new car sales consultants and Toowong Kia. I have driven a large range of cars in my time in the automotive sector and would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the Kia Sportage.
The Kia Sportage came from humble beginings back in 1993 to its arrival on our shores here in Australia back in 1997. The Sportage was one of the original compact SUVs on the market. The third generation has a 20 year history backing up the quailty, drivability and over all customer satisfaction.
The spacious design of the Sportage is fantastic for all applications, from picking the kids up from school to that long needed weekend away. 60/40 split fold rear seats gives up to a massive 1547 litres of boot space in a SUV you can confidently drive in busy city traffic. The option to have a two wheel drive petrol or all wheel drive petrol and diesel option ensures that no matter what you plan on doing in life that there is a Sportage within your budget.
The added safey of front, side and curtain airbags you can know with confidence that you have your family in safe hands. Anti Lock Braking (ABS) and Electronic Stabaility Control (ECS) in conjuction with Kia’s Traction Control System (TCS) improves drivability and active safety to ensure that the car occupants of the car are safe in all situations.
Picture yourself on a day trip, you are standing on the beach over looking the ocean, waves are crashing and you can feel the cooling water between your toes and it washes the warm sand away from under your feet. You have just had a beautiful day of sun, surf and fun with family or friends you don’t want it to end but you turn around and look at the Sportage that took you there and know that next weekend you can do it all again. As you drive back along the hard sand with the crystal clear ocean on one side and beautiful golden sands on the other, it will bring a warm smile to your face.
The buzz of owning Sportage is not only just to have a car to get from A to B but the ability to have an adventure.
With options such as Satalite Navigation and Panoramic Sunroof you can enhance the adventures you could have.
Over all the Sportage is a true adventure machine. Its user friendly interface and its modern sporty looks will place the Sportage as a must have in your garage.
Scott Douma – New car sales executive, Toowong Kia.
Hi my name is Scott Douma and I am one of the new car sales consultants and Toowong Kia. I have driven a large range of cars in my time in the automotive sector and would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the Kia Rio.
Lets face it, the Kia Rio has had a rather good history in Australia. Starting back in the early 2000, the first generation of Kia Rio was popular for its price point and fuel efficiency. Jumping forward to the second generation being released in 2005 the popularity increased with a more sport compact design and getting a nicer finish then its predecessor. Then in 2011 something special happened, Kia released its third generation Rio with design and quality to even make the German put their worry pants on.
With pricing at the sub twenty five thousand mark, with an option for a 5 or 3 door hatch or a 4 door sedan and two engine options, the car will be able to fit into anyone’s price point and carry four fully grown adults in comfort or a family of five.
The sporty lines of the car coupled with either the 1.4L or the bigger more powerful 1.6L four cylinder will get you having fun out on the road without putting you into trouble. The two engine options are available in either a manual or automatic option allowing all ages and driving abilities to drive with confidence and comfort.
The drivability of the car is simply fantastic, you feel safe and secure with road hugging performance. The suspension allows you to drive in comfort but not letting the car roll all over the road. Seating and visibility is perfect with a height adjustable drivers seat and telescopic steering collum.
The safety on this car is class leading with no short cuts taken, it feature everything from ABS braking, traction control, 6 air bags and much much more no wonder this car sails through to a 5 Star ANCAP safety rating.
Overall the third gen Rio is the perfect car for someone looking for second to none value for money, without having the substitute class, sportiness and safety.
Scott Douma – New car sales executive, Toowong Kia.
Hi my name is Scott Douma and I am one of the new car sales consultants and Toowong Kia.
I have driven a large range of cars in my time in the automotive sector and would like to share with you some of my thoughts on the Kia Optima.
The Kia Optima is a wonderfully engineered car in both design and technology. With european styled looks it really is a head turner.
The lines from beginning to end inspire beauty and sportiness. You can just tell that the car will glide through the air with little resistance, which will improve performance, fuel economy and noise.
The interior is ergonomically designed with ease of access without substituting looks. The on steering wheel controls for radio/media as well as cruise and bluetooth makes for a safer drive ensuring the driver doesn’t have to remove there hands from the control of the car.
The seating is perfectly designed for comfort, long or short you will arrive at your destination relaxed and ready for what ever life throws at you. Rear seating is more than adequate with the perfect seat depth for leg support as well and enough giggle room for kids of all sizes to kick around. Boot space in the car is enough to put 2 large suit cases and 2 small bags nicely.
Over all the car is well setup with handling and drivability to rival most cars in its class and a price to beat them all.
Scott Douma – New car sales executive, Toowong Kia.
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