KIA WINS AT
2018 RED DOT AWARD
The new Kia Stinger fastback sedan and the third-generation Kia Picanto city car all won in their respective categories. The international jury of design experts awarded the Stinger the ‘Best of the Best’ title, praising the car for its pioneering design.
The 2018 number of victories adds to Kia’s continuing success, with the company having now won a remarkable 21 Red Dot Awards since the Kia Soul first took victory in 2009. These latest awards follow Kia’s triple iF Design Award win earlier in 2018.
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“Our global design team can be incredibly proud of their latest triple triumph. It highlights Kia’s passion for design quality and ingenuity, which has once again been lauded by a panel of international design experts,” says Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation. “Winning the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best’ for the fourth time is truly exceptional. With its modern take on the classic gran turismo style, the Kia Stinger is further proof of Kia’s high design standards.”
KIA STINGER WINS
RED DOT: ‘BEST OF THE BEST' AWARD
The Stinger, designed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, marries classic Gran Turismo design with a spacious and cosseting interior. Taking inspiration from the grand tourers of the 1970s, the Stinger features elegant fastback proportions and a muscular ‘coke bottle’ shape down its flanks, highlighting the car’s rear-wheel biased power delivery.
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KIA PICANTO WINS
RED DOT: CAR DESIGN AWARD
The third generation of the Kia Picanto – Kia’s smallest car – brings a youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. It boasts a distinctive new design and a high-quality, high-tech cabin, with huge potential for customisation. Despite its compact dimensions, the Picanto’s intelligent design makes it one of the most spacious cars in its class.
Unlike most of the Car Of The Year Awards, the ABC Awards are open to any car on sale in Australia, not just those launched in the consideration year.
WHAT IS THE RED DOT AWARD?
The Red Dot Awards: over 6,300 products from 59 countries submitted. Since launched in 1955 by the Design Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Red Dot Awards has become one of the most prestigious design competitions worldwide. The judging panel comprises of 40 expert independent designers, design professors and trade journalists from all over the world.
The Red Dot Awards are presented in the three categories (Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept), and are judged on criteria such as degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility. In 2018 companies from 59 countries registered more than 6,300 products.
The official presentation of the Red Dot Awards will take place on 9 July 2018 in Essen, Germany at the Aalto Theater, an opera house designed by Alvar Aalto.
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