THE PASSION THAT LED TO THE ALL-NEW KIA STINGER
You’re going to be hearing a lot about the Kia Stinger over the next few months ahead of its official launch in 2018. Our forthcoming flagship Gran Turismo has got everyone excited as it marks a milestone in the Kia story.
But the real story of the car lies way back when, our European Chief Design Officer Gregory Guillaume, had a simple vision: to build a true Gran Turismo in the guise of the great cars of yesteryear. He was backed in this vision by President of Design, Peter Schreyer, the man responsible for revolutionising the Kia brand and creator of the distinctive tiger nose signature grilles across our entire range. Peter’s hard work and inspiration have recently been recognised with him receiving the Sturmey Award for leading a Kia design revolution.
Throughout their careers, Peter and Gregory have carried a romantic obsession with the classic European Grand Tourer sports cars of the 50s and 60s, where the glamorous elite would drive from Paris to the French Riviera in ultimate comfort and maximum panache.
From initial concept, to the first pencil line, until fruition you will see that the All-New Kia Stinger has retained the integrity of Gregory’s vision. Holding on to the design in his mind through rounds and rounds of testing, refusing to submit or compromise even so much as an inch. Like a dog with a juicy bone, Gregory has made the Stinger his passion, his masterpiece. You only have to hear him speak to know he feels he’s achieved his vision, dragged from the recesses of his mind and onto the tarmac. Suffice to say, he and Peter are very excited about it, and we are too. We can’t wait for the Stinger to launch. We hope you get the chance to get behind the wheel of this exhilarating new car next year.
But in the meantime, just follow this link to watch a short video of Peter and Gregory talking about the passion that brought about the creation of the All-New Kia Stinger, in their own words. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time.
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