Kia to bring electric all-wheel drive Trail’ster to Chicago

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Aligning form and function to conceive a uniquely compelling vehicle for the city-dweller-turned- outdoor-adventurer, Kia Motors America will take the wraps off the rugged Trail’ster e-AWD concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. With its bold design, fully retractable canvas roof and smartly integrated rear electric all-wheel drive system, the turbocharged Trail’ster takes Kia’s iconic Soul to a new level of expression, efficiency and capability.

The Kia Trail’ster concept will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, February 12, at 9 a.m. CT.

Prestigious design award for new Kia Sorento

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  • ‘iF Design Award’ for third-generation Kia Sorento
  • All-new Sorento on sale globally in Q1 2015

Kia Motors continues to reel in awards for its outstanding design. Now the Kia Sorento, the brand’s flagship SUV, has received the prestigious ‘iF Design Award’ for the first time.

The jury of the globally-recognized design awards program honored the third generation of the Sorento, which goes on sale globally in Q1 2015, with an award in the ‘Product’ category. As well as awarding the car for the overall quality of its design, the jury rated the car on criteria such as finish, degree of innovation, environmental impact and safety.

The all-new Kia Sorento is the seventh Kia model to secure an iF Design Award. In every year since 2010, at least one of the coveted awards has been scooped by Kia Motors, with previous winners from the brand including the Kia Venga, Sportage, Optima, Picanto, pro_cee’d and Soul.

“I am very proud of this award for the Kia Sorento because it is recognition of the great advance in quality we have succeeded in achieving in this model,” said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Company.

“The Kia Sorento unites the classic poise of an SUV with a premium look and feel that is particularly tangible in the cabin. It offers the very highest design quality and excellent value for money. This is largely the achievement of our international design teams – which is also why I am so delighted with this award.”

The new Kia Sorento was developed by the Kia design team in Namyang, Korean, assisted by the Kia Design Centers in Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California.

Great versatility, high-tech features and new all-wheel-drive system

The new Kia Sorento is a stylish and practical SUV with exceptional versatility and practicality. The smoother, swept-back profile and deeply sculpted surfaces give the Kia Sorento a lithe, elegant appearance. The spacious interior follows the horizontal lines of the overall design concept and delivers a luxurious look and feel with top-quality materials throughout the cabin.

The new Kia Sorento, which is available with five or seven seats, has a longer wheelbase and provides more passenger room than its predecessor. The luggage area is larger, and thanks to the sliding, 60:40-split seat row it is even more versatile, holding up to 1,732 litres.

The Kia Sorento has a powerful and efficient 200 ps (147 kW) 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, while four-wheel drive versions are fitted with Kia’s new Dynamax™ All-Wheel-Drive system with torque vectoring.

High-tech specifications and a range of premium features, including the 360-degree Around View Monitor and smart parking system make it easy to maneuver and park. Buyers can also choose from the latest safety assistance systems, from lane departure warning to rear cross traffic alert and traffic sign recognition, through to adaptive cruise control.

The iF product design award

Since it was launched in 1953, the annual iF Design Award has become one of the world’s most important prizes for excellence in design. The award has its origins in the ‘Formgerechte Industrieerzeugnisse’ (Good Industrial Design) product shows initiated by the Hannover Messe, and is now one of the world’s largest design competitions.

The iF Design Award is presented in five disciplines. In 2015, companies from 53 countries participated in the iF design awards programme, submitting 4,783 designs. The new Kia Sorento was honored in the ‘Automobiles / Vehicles / Bikes’ category.

The official presentation ceremony for the 2015 iF Design Awards will take place on 27 February 2015 in Munich, during the Munich Creative Business Week. A selection of the winning products will also go on display at the iF design exhibition in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Additionally, all winners can be seen on the iF website, www.ifdesign.de, and can also be viewed on the ‘iF design’ smartphone app.

‘X-Men’ inspired Kia Sorento to debut at the Australian Open 2015

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  • Striking ‘Kia X-Car’ produced in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Fans to guess the X-Men character behind Kia’s latest model on the Kia Facebook page
  • Grand Slam Champion and ‘Superhuman’ Kia brand ambassador Rafael Nadal to unveil the ‘Kia X-Car’ at Australian Open 2015

Kia Motors today announced details of a new collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD and Kia’s sponsorship of the Australian Open 2015.

The partnership with Fox will see the unveiling of a special X-Men-inspired all-new Kia Sorento one week before the first major tennis championship of 2015 – with Kia’s ‘superhuman’ brand ambassador, tennis star Rafael Nadal, revealing the car.

In the run-up to the unveiling of the one-off model, Kia Motors is inviting fans of the X-Men franchise and the Korean car manufacturer to guess which X-Men character has inspired the car’s unique design. Visitors who go to the Kia Motors Facebook page at http://bit.ly/KiaXmen can guess from four iconic X-Men characters: Storm, Wolverine, Mystique and Magneto. Fans guessing correctly will be entered into a prize draw to win a DVD copy of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Kia will release a video on its Facebook page and YouTube in mid-December, showing Rafael Nadal teaming up with the X-Men and taking on the Sentinels – the robotic antagonists from the latest film in the X-Men franchise– who are threatening the Australian Open 2015. To save the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the X-Men and Nadal are helped by a ‘Kia X-Car’, which leads the attack against the Sentinels.

After its unveiling, the ‘Kia X-Car’ will be on show at Melbourne Park throughout the tournament, which takes place from 19 January to 1 February 2015. The car will then be showcased in various international motor shows for the fans.

The all-new Kia Sorento was unveiled to the world earlier this year, boasting a unique blend of style, practicality and technology, and building on the success of the outgoing model. The new model is quieter and more refined than ever before, with a higher quality interior, smoother ride and handling, and a range of new technologies. Already on sale in Korea, the all-new Kia Sorento will go on sale in overseas markets in early 2015 – if it survives its fight with the Sentinels.

To find out more about the unique ‘Kia X-Car’, visit Kia Motors on Facebook: http://bit.ly/KiaXmen.

Trio of GOOD DESIGN awards for latest Kia models

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  • Kia K900, Soul EV and GT4 Stinger honored in ‘Transportation’ category
  • Annual design awards program celebrates design excellence
  • Products judged on design, technology, form, materials, function, efficiency and environmental sensitivity

Kia Motors has received prestigious GOOD DESIGN awards for three of its most recent models, the Kia K900 (known as ‘K9’ or ‘Quoris’ in some countries), Soul EV and GT4 Stinger concept car, in the award program’s ‘Transportation’ category.

Chosen by GOOD DESIGN’s jury of independent design professionals, industry specialists and design media, the three Kia models were evaluated on a range of criteria – innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, energy efficiency and sensitivity to the environment.

Soon-Nam Lee, Vice President of Overseas Marketing at Kia Motors Corporation, commented, “These three GOOD DESIGN awards cap a particularly strong year for the Kia Motors design team, which has picked up a number of prizes for its work on our latest models. The Soul EV and GT4 Stinger are two of the most striking and well-received designs we’ve ever produced, and the K900 appeals for its classic, yet thoroughly modern, styling and contemporary values of luxury. The GOOD DESIGN honors are testament to the team’s consistent design excellence.”

The Kia design team, led since 2006 by Peter Schreyer, has won widespread acclaim for its striking and innovative work, and for contributing to Kia’s substantial global growth in recent years.

Established in 1950, the GOOD DESIGN awards program – organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum – celebrates design excellence across 25 different categories. Designers and manufactures in over 30 nations have won awards for contemporary design, and past recipients of GOOD DESIGN awards include everything from a paperclip to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and NASA spacecraft.

Kia Motors global sales rise 5.9% in 2014

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  • 2,907,757 Kia vehicles sold globally in 2014 for 5.9% year-on-year gain
  • Full-year sales in China, North America, general markets, Korea and Europe post year-on-year growth of 17.5%, 7.0%, 2.1%, 1.6% and -0.1%, respectively
  • Subcompact Rio was top selling Kia vehicle in overseas markets in 2014

Kia Motors Corporation announced today its 2014 full-year global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 2,907,757 units sold. This figure represents a 5.9% cumulative year-on-year increase compared to 2013.

In 2014, Kia posted a year-on-year sale increase in China, North America, general markets* and Korea of 17.5% (678,196 units sold), 7.0% (650,241 units sold), 2.1% (524,345 units sold) and 1.6% (465,200 units sold), respectively. Meanwhile, 2014 sales in Europe* experienced a slight drop of 0.1% (589,775 units sold).

For the month of December 2014, global sales of Kia vehicles grew by 20.7% with all major regions experiencing year-on-year growth. Sales in China, North America, Korea, general markets and Europe grew by 35.9% (69,111 units sold), 34.2% (48,939 units sold), 17.1% (48,018 units sold), 12.0% (41,349 units sold) and 2.4% (44,975 units sold), respectively in December.

Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during 2014 was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 491,613 units sold. The C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets) was the second best seller with 432,420 units delivered, while the Sportage compact CUV, Optima D-segment sedan and Soul urban crossover followed with 416,856, 300,685 and 194,572 units sold, respectively.

Editor’s notes:
* ‘General markets’ include the regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China and Korea), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa. ‘Europe’ includes both Western and Eastern European markets.

KIA Rio Wins the Budget Car of the Year Award

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Kia Motors Nigeria has been recognized for its zest to make new cars in Nigeria affordable to all and in recognition of this effort, its Kia Rio won the ‘Budget Car of the Year’ in the 2014 Nigeria Auto Journalist (NAJA) Award. The company received the prestigious award at the 2014 NAJA Night which was held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Eko Hotel & Suites.

The award is in appreciation and recognition of Kia’s efforts to make its model pocket friendly to her customers by offering an affordable cutting edge automotive technology to customers in the country. The company has through its cars built trust with customers and the award is a testament to its exemplary achievement.

According to the Chief Commercial Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria, Mr. Sandeep Malhotra, “We are truly honored to receive this award. It’s indeed a recognition of our commitment to continually provide quality and affordable cars to the Nigerian market. We pride ourselves in the delivery of the best automobile technology and will not rest on our oars in exceeding the expectations of our customers.

The NAJA Awards instituted by the Guild of Motoring Journalists in Nigeria had been held for over five years to honor players in the automobile industry. Speaking at the event, a member of the organizing committee, Mr. Theodore Opara said the award is a recognition of hard work, resilience and determination of the auto companies in the industry. He further explained that the awards are as a result of objective analysis of the auto market trend and the evaluation by the stake holders on the performance of auto companies in the country. Hence, the awards are borne out of the desire for auto journalists to encourage the auto companies.

The Kia Rio is a subcompact sedan that belies its low price tag with attractive styling and a well-designed interior. The Rio boasts a thoroughly modern powertrain in addition to plenty of standard features. With a clean and elegant look highlighted by Kia’s “Tiger Nose” corporate grille, the Rio is the state-of-the-art sub-compact that’s as fun to look at as it is to drive and it’s sure to draw looks with its sculpted, aerodynamic shape.

KIA, Official Car Sponsor for the 2014 Nigerian Fashion Week

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In a move to strengthen its position as the leading automobile industry with diversified promotions for brand management and strategic alliance, KIA Motors Nigeria partners Legendary Gold Limited on her forthcoming Nigerian Fashion Week. The leading Korean automobile company in Nigeria, Kia, is growing remarkably to become automobile giant in fashion-linked activities in the country. As the official car of the 2014 Nigerian Fashion Week, KIA partners Legendary Gold to bring to the fore, renowned international and local designers from the 19th to 21st of November, 2014 to the Lagos Oriental Hotel.

The partnership is aimed at staging an elaborate cross-promotional effort, focusing on fashion for promoting, nurturing and representing the best of fashion and design talents in the country and its affiliation with the international trend. Associating with this event fits perfectly with Kia’s marketing and brand strategy, as it offers a seamless automobile experience to its customers and aim to provide the best mobility for the finest fashion design talents and other stake holders in Nigeria and promote their riveting collections by being the official car of the event.

With the triumph of each succeeding chapter and a phenomenal platform to exchange ideas and experience for designers both local and international, the Nigerian Fashion Week continues to grow exponentially every year. The 12th edition is put together by Legendary Gold Limited in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment, Culture & Tourism, Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the World Fashion Organization.

The Nigeria Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event in Nigeria with reputable national and international partners and collaborators. It has been a huge platform for manufacturers of garments, fabrics, fashion accessories, hair and beauty products to display their outstanding capabilities. Annually, it brings stakeholders in the fashion, beauty and hair industries together with the goal of creating a vibrant market by linking manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and the end users.

KIA Motors Nigeria has always believed in creating incredible experiences around its brand and this association will further her positioning of being the most practical and vibrant automobile company in Nigeria. “Being the official Car for the 12th edition of the Nigerian Fashion Week, we look forward to a range of opportunities for collaboration with many a talented designers associated with this prestigious event”, said Mr Sandeep Malhotra, the Chief Commercial Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria.

“Through this association, KIA Motors Nigeria aims to provide the best mobility for the finest fashion design talents and other stake holders in Nigeria and promote their riveting collections by being the official car of the event” Continued by Mr. Sandeep.

The nexus between automobile and fashion is profound as great designers and great automakers alike know that innovation isn’t simply a matter of keeping with trend, nor is leadership simply a matter of heading in a linear direction. True innovation has immediate impact and lasting value. It opens minds to possibilities and that is true of Kia’s strides in the automobile industry in the world over.

KIA Partners Diamond Bank on Auto Loan Scheme for EMI as low as N37,000.

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In a bid to make owning a new car easy, accessible and affordable for all, Kia Motors Nigeria partners Diamond Bank to offer an unbeatable auto loan scheme to potential customers starting from as low as N37,000 monthly payment plan. The auto finance scheme is premised on the success of the previous partnership that paved way for many a people to own a Kia of their choice.

In the mix of various auto loan schemes presented to the publics, Kia Motors Nigeria partnership with Diamond bank offers a unique yet outstanding auto loan scheme. The partnership is aimed at giving an auto financing experience that is simplified and significantly enhanced for the customer.

According to the Chief Commercial Officer of Kia Motors Nigeria, Mr. Sandeep Malhotra, “the key motive behind this partnership is to bring car enthusiasts under the fold. This partnership will phase out tedious loan processing with flexible repayment plans, hassle-free documentation and quick processing to suit customers’ needs and most importantly give the best payment plan option starting from N37,000 monthly repayment plan”.

Kia Motors Nigeria has remained the leading automobile company in the country to offer seamless auto finance schemes to her discerning customers with flexible payment options. In view of this, the recently signed partnership agreement with Diamond bank allows customers to get a new Kia car with 20% equity contribution.

With this collaboration, customers gets free vehicle registration, fixed repayment plan, no management fee, no commitment fee and a free smart phone on every purchase. “We’ve also worked out flexible payment plan options to enable our customers get any Kia car of their choice” said, Sandeep.

The scheme starts from the 14th of November through the end on the 31st of December, 2014. This partnership will pave way for both new and existing customers of the KIA brand to own a new vehicle of their choice in celebrating the yuletide period. With this scheme, customers can own a Rio or Picanto from as low as N37,000 fixed monthly repayment plan or Cerato, Optima and Sportage from as low as N57,000, N86,000 and N97,000 respectively.

KIA Motors Nigeria Patrners FCMB on Auto Loan Finance Scheme

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KIA Motors Nigeria prides itself on its deep understanding of customers’ needs across the country and has continuously aligned itself with their aspirations by making its vehicles affordable and accessible. Keying into this, the company has sealed an alliance with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) to offer an auto loan to teeming customers.

More often than not, KIA Motors Nigeria has revolutionized the way people buy automobiles in Nigeria. For a decade, KIA Motors Nigeria has ensured discerning consumers in Nigeria have access to the Worlds latest and best automotive technology. As one stop shops for the best in automotive technology, KIA has ensured “The Power to Surprise” slogan holds true every single day.

With this collaboration, KIA Motors Nigeria and FCMB are looking forward to developing financing options that will help customers own KIA brand from as low as N47,400 monthly repayment plan. The customers are presented with flexible payment plan options, free insurance, FCMB goody bag, and free vehicle registration. Weaved into this auto finance scheme is the standard 5 year warranty on all KIA vehicles.

The new alliance with FCMB is an integral pillar of KIA’s business strategy to make it possible for the public to own a KIA brand with the best auto financing schemes. Speaking at the media launch, the Deputy Marketing Manager, KIA Motors Nigeria, Peter Ayewoh said ‘the alliance with FCMB has gone through a rigorous perusal aiming at giving the very best in auto financing scheme to customers. He further stated that the scheme will be able to strengthen KIA’s foothold in the country and consolidate its leadership position in the automobile retail industry.

The Executive Director, Lagos and South West, FCMB, Mr. Olufemi Bakre explained that the partnership was borne out of an alliance between the two institutions.
He further said: “FCMB has been a well acclaimed industry leader in consumer loan offering and this finance scheme is a viable alliance aimed at furthering the frontiers of delivering an exceptional customer experience”.

By unifying its efforts towards delivering quality automobile technology and making it affordable to esteemed customers with the partnership with FCMB, KIA will be able to provide its uniquely built vehicles via the auto financing loan to the customers of FCMB and other teeming publics.

Rooted in the stylishly sophisticated technology and affordability of its products, KIA is profoundly committed to realizing advanced technology capable of emerging as the best auto manufacturing company in the world over. By mobilizing its proven strengths in the domain of auto manufacturing, KIA will continue to supply quality vehicles to align with the aspirations of customers and exceed their expectations.