Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Kia Trio Triumph In Euro Design Award

Kia Trio Triumph In Euro Design Award

A trio of Kia vehicles have triumphed in the prestigious iF DesignAwards recognising their outstanding design attributes.

The Niro hybrid crossover, Optima Sportswagon and the Rio hatchhave all received prizes for product design.

The newest success marks the eighth consecutive year in which Kiahas received at least one iF Design Award and the latest hat-trick ofprizes brings the manufacturer’s total number of iF award- winningmodels to 12.

Originating in the German city of Hannover in 1953, the iF DesignAwards are among the world’s oldest and most important contests toshowcase excellence in design. The 2017 edition of the iF DesignAwards attracted more than 5,500 products from 59 countries, with prizesbeing presented to winners in Munich at an exhibition of entries in March.

Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Designer of Kia MotorsCorporation, says, “These latest iF Awards are recognition for ourexcellent global design team.

“All three models, on which the Kia design centres in Korea,Germany and the United Stated cooperated closely, are highlyimportant for our brand.

“With the Niro and the Optima Sportswagon, Kia has pushed into newmarket sectors and has carved out a distinctive position in both segmentswith innovative, attractive design. With the new generation of the Rio wehave given one of our global best-sellers a significantly changed,more mature character.”

The Kia Niro, which is currently undergoing evaluation in New Zealand,marries the practical advantages and aesthetic appeal of a compactcrossover with a sleek appearance. This differentiates it from moreconservatively designed hybrid models, and gives the car a uniquepresence.

Success in the iF Design Awards for the all new Rio is very good news forthe New Zealand market,

as this model goes on sale later this quarter offering buyers a boldnew design and a modern, efficiently-packaged cabin with the latestinfotainment and technology. The styling features a longer bonnet andmore vertical C-pillar, which give the new car a more purposeful andaggressive stance, with a driver-orientated dashboard providing aninnovative and ergonomic design.

Previous winners of the iF Design Award include the Kia Sportage andKia Sorento SUV models and the Kia Optima sports sedan.

-o0o-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Tourism Industry Aotearoa: Border Levy Increase Disappoints Tourism Industry

Tourism Industry Aotearoa says tourism operators will be dismayed that the cost is to go up for all travellers crossing New Zealand’s borders from 1 December. The New Zealand Customs Service and the Ministry for Primary Industries are significantly increasing the border processing levy (BPL). From 1 December... More>>



Commerce Commission: Mercury Cleared To Acquire Trustpower’s Retail Business

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance for Mercury NZ Limited to acquire Trustpower Limited’s retail business. Deputy Chair Sue Begg said the Commission is satisfied that the acquisition is unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any New Zealand market.... More>>



Consumer NZ: Buy-now, Pay-later Raking In $10m+ In Late Fees Annually

A Consumer NZ survey has found buy-now, pay-later services are costing shoppers more than $10 million a year in late fees. Close to four out of 10 Kiwi consumers use buy-now, pay-later services, such as Afterpay, Laybuy and Zip... More>>



Statistics: Surge In Imports Results In Record Monthly Trade Deficit
Imports increased $1.8 billion in August 2021 compared with August 2020, resulting in a record monthly trade deficit of $2.1 billion, Stats NZ said today. Exports were little changed, down $42 million. "This is a larger deficit than normal because of higher values for imports.. More>>

Fonterra: Completes reset, announces annual results and long-term growth plan out to 2030

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced a strong set of results for the 2021 financial year, reflected in a final Farmgate Milk Price of $7.54, normalised earnings per share of 34 cents and a final dividend of 15 cents... More>>


Statistics: GDP rises in the June 2021 quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.8 percent in the June 2021 quarter, following a 1.4 percent increase in the March 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. June 2021 quarter GDP was 4.3 percent higher when compared with the December 2019 quarter... More>>