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.

First Kia Rio Made-in-Nigeria for ONLY 1.98M

Minister of State, FCT, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide, takes a Test Drive, deemed KIA Rio the “Peoples car”.

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KIA motors Nigeria unveiled its Made-in-Nigeria vehicles at the ongoing Abuja International Auto Fair at the Eagle Square in Abuja in a grand style, delivering to its brand slogan of “The Power to Surprise”. Fulfilling the promise made to the Nigerian enthusiasts and patrons that Made-in-Nigeria KIA will be available before the end of the year, KIA motors Nigeria delivered to its promise through platform of The Abuja International Auto Fair, it’s Made-in-Nigeria vehicles.

The Made-in-Nigeria KIA vehicles, which included the Rio, Cerato and Optima were unveiled by the Honorable Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide, (representing the Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo) who also had a test drive of the Made-in-Nigeria OPTIMA at an Open-to-the-Public unveiling in the Eagle Square during the Abuja Motor fair opening ceremony on Thursday, 23rd October 2014.

Sitting ministers are generally chauffeured pretty much everywhere, so it was both spontaneous and auspicious when Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide stepped into the red Made-in-Nigeria Optima and took a test drive within the Eagle Square in the company of the Chief Commercial Officer of KIA Motors Nigeria, Mr. Sandeep Malhotra, along with the Managing Director of BKG Exhibitions, Mr. Ifeanyi Agu and the Deputy Director of the National Automotive Council, Mr. P. B. Salau (representing the Director General of the National Automotive council). At the unveiling, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide expressed her delight and congratulated KIA Motors Nigeria for the made-in-Nigeria cars stating that they are “Very, Very good cars” and also adjudged Kia Rio, as “the People’s Car”.

Upon exiting the car after the test drive, the Minister said “Wow, Beautiful ride, Very smooth…..this is a Great Car” and she was thrilled with admiration for the KIA SOUL by saying the model is “incredibly built to compliment the youth and the women”. The flagship model of Kia, The Quoris also caught the flair of the minister when she was shown around the luxury sedan by Mr. Sandeep Malhotra. Other dignitaries at the event also took a spin of the made-in-Nigeria KIA vehicles.

The stylish compact Rio, Cerato and Optima with thoroughly contemporary and distinctive styling, coupled with maximum versatility and cutting-edge safety and convenience features are truly innovative cars created keeping in mind the demands of modern living, while also adding a dash of spice to life. Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide remarked that the made-in-Nigeria KIA brands are elegant and are at the vanguard of the transformation agenda of The President Mr Goodluck Jonathan. She further stated that the impressive stride of KIA Motors Nigeria in producing its Made-in-Nigeria vehicles will earn the company a lion’s share in the country.

KIA staying true to its commitments offers full style and curvaceous elegance that perfectly captures the glamour of the present. KIA’s stylish, award-winning cars are engineered and designed to be an expression of individuality. Loaded with smart technologies, generous levels of convenience and safety equipment, they are as dependable and practical as they are desirable and distinctive.

As an impeccable force in the automobile industry in Nigeria and the number one Korean brand in the country, KIA offers the best in world class vehicles that have always exceeded the expectations of customers and provide the best value for money. The core strength of the KIA vehicles is the undeniable satisfaction customers get from buying the brand.

KIA Mohave – The Supreme SUV Is All Set To Offer You an Amazing Driving Experience

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KIA’s exclusive full size SUV, Mohave is designed to tame the most extreme aspects of nature. The SUV of KIA has got its name from the Mohave Desert in south east of California. The style, strength, functionality and comfort that Mohave makes it thrive not only in the urban areas but beyond that. Mohave means an unbeatable driving experience on the most challenging terrain.

The luxury SUV has enough capacity for seven adults with a sliding second row. The space can be optimised by folding the second and third row seats flat. The powerhouse of Mohave is its powerful engine, the car can be powered with two engine options – one is the 3.8-litre V6 with 274bhp mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission while the other is 4.6-litre V8 with 342 horsepower and paired to the new 6-speed automatic transmission. The V6 3.8 Gasoline engine is an innovative one delivering enhanced fuel efficiency and ensuring emissions with altogether an improved engine performance. The V8 engine with optimal torque and air intakes offers smoother engine power delivery and maximum performance. The four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are offered. The Mohave ensures responsive operation in variable road conditions.

Mohave comes with eight exterior colour options, three interior trimming colour combinations and two trim levels – LX & EX. It’s only available in EX trim in Nigeria with a 5 Year unlimited mileage warranty, the best in the industry. As a SUV, Mohave is well equipped to tackle hard packed gravel surface comfortably. KIA Mohave features excellent design which is reflected in its inside and outside designs. The new Mohave portrays the functional look and “less is more” design philosophy. The car is in tune with KIA’s new design direction, the KIA Mohave is meant for those who love energetic and active lifestyle.

The Mohave’s 18-inch alloy wheels offer excellent off-road capabilities while its front and rear instrumental panels exemplify luxury. The KIA Mohave comes with high level of safety features: brake assist system, the front-side and curtain-side airbags, electronic stability control and electronic brake distribution. What makes Mohave a superior choice over other cars of its kind is its

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superior power and towing capacity, a roomy interior, premium fuel economy, a plethora of features and parts and overall excellent value.

The Mohave portrays a sporty and sophisticated look that is enough to send an elegant message. The spacious and luxurious Mohave offers comfort that is one of a kind in its class. The SUV is capable of delivering high performance on and off the road. Above all, created by the most reputable manufacturers, KIA Mohave ensure of providing you a quality beyond any doubts. Visit any KIA motors showroom and ask for a Test Drive to experience Mohave yourself.

VISION 21 Magazine – September Edition

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The Quoris is all set to challenge the luxury sedan segment with its stunning design, premium driving dynamics, world-class accommodations and an extensive list of standard equipments. Kia Quoris takes the innovative and dynamic design legacy of KIA to the next step with its sophisticated curves and surfaces and its charismatic front mask. Quoris boasts of the largest dimensions in its segment with an exterior that reflects elegance and modern simplicity. This premium sedan with its wonderful combination of a long sweeping shoulder and extended rear overhang offers Quoris an aura of power and dignity and a robust stance. The car has a performance-driven design and a feeling of spaciousness with its sleek and aerodynamic side silhouette. This luxury sedan has been created paying passionate attention to the finer details – the functionality and aesthetics have been accentuated with high-tech innovative touches.

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Quoris is equipped with lots of safety features. Apart from high-tech radar and sensor technology, the premier car has advanced camera systems for stress-free driving enjoyment, around view monitor for a safer and more convenient parking, advanced airbag system and driver’s knee airbag to prevent excess injury.

Quoris is beginning a new era of performance offering an unexpected level of dynamic power and control with its all-new rear-wheel drive platform found in only the world-class luxury cars. The Rear-Wheel-Drive layout offers excellent performance acceleration and high degree of stability and control as well. The new 8-speed automatic transmission is there for enhanced fuel efficiency, high-speed refinement and brisk acceleration. Quoris is meant to provide a dynamic driving experience which is the first time in KIA.