Kia has been awarded two top honours for its Picanto and Rio models in the 2012 red dot design competition.
Kia’s Chief Officer Peter Schreyer said “we are very proud of the red dot awards for the Picanto and the Rio. They are a great tribute to our entire global design team, because all three Kia design centres were involved in the development of both vehicles. I am particularly happy about this thoroughly creative and successful collaboration between our teams in Korea, Europe and America.”
The Kia Picanto boasts bold and dynamic styling, high-quality interior fittings and a host of class-leading features. It is specifically aimed at the steadily increasing number of discerning consumers wishing to ‘downsize’ to a smaller car. VED and congestion charge is exempt due to the 99g/km co2 emissions. The Kia Rio is priced from £9995; all petrol manual versions of the new Rio comfortably exceed 50mpg, with CO2 emissions below the EU’s 2012 corporate average target of 130g/km. Even the 1.4-litre automatic version of the Rio is capable of returning 44.1mpg.
These latest wins bring Kia’s red dot awards total to six, with the Soul winning in 2009, Venga in 2010, and both Sportage and Optima claiming top spots in 2011.