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Kia officially launches the region’s first dedicated electric vehicles in the Middle East and Africa

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Kia Middle East & Africa announces the official launch of its groundbreaking all-electric vehicles – the Kia EV9, EV6, and concept EV5 – at the Geneva International Motor Show in Doha, Qatar, hosted at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre from October 5 to October 14, 2023. Marking a significant milestone as the region’s first dedicated EVs, the sustainable mobility solutions provider invites media attendees and VIP customers to test drive the vehicles at this prestigious event.

 

Renowned regional media will stand a chance to experience the new, all-electric EV9 and EV6 models across various scenic locations, including Doha’s most sustainable smart city, Msheireb Downtown Doha, Katara Cultural Village, and Al Bayt Stadium on October 7. Another dedicated event will also take place exclusively for Kia’s VIP customers on October 8, along with a visit to Kia’s booth at the show promising an immersive and premium experience.

 

Yaser Shabsogh, Vice President of Commercial Operations at Kia Middle East & Africa, commented: “This is a momentous occasion for us as we unveil our latest all-electric vehicles, the Kia EV9 and EV6. At Kia, we align our strategic vision with regional government objectives, tailoring solutions to meet specific requirements and evolving customer needs. Kia has experienced tremendous growth in value over the last few months since the relaunch of our brand, and we are placing high expectations on our EV range in taking Kia to new heights. Our unwavering commitment as a Sustainable Mobility Solutions Provider remains steadfast as we consistently deliver innovative solutions.”

 

Shabsogh added: “Our strategic path is firmly dedicated to fostering a greener future for both our brand and the communities we serve through innovation and sustainability.”

 

Ahmed Soudodi, Vice President of Product and Marketing at Kia Middle East & Africa, said: “As we embark on this exciting journey into a new era of mobility excellence, we are thrilled to officially launch the Kia EV9 and EV6. Introducing the first dedicated EVs to the region is a remarkable milestone, offering stylish and eco-conscious driving experiences. The EV9 and EV6 exemplify sustainable mobility without compromise, delivering an unmatched driving experience. We eagerly anticipate welcoming visitors and witnessing the region’s next electric revolution as we expand our EV lineup in the Middle East.”

 

Reshaping the way we move: The Kia EV9 and EV6

Kia’s primary goal is to revolutionize transportation through the development of futuristic, innovative, and sustainable EVs. The EV9 flagship SUV, soon to launch in Q4 2023, accommodates up to seven passengers and is engineered to deliver peak power performance of 7,800 rpm and up to 541 km by range. The vehicle boasts avant-garde interior and exterior features, including a dual sunroof, digital lighting grill, dynamic welcome light and more, ensuring a comprehensive and powerful driving experience. Going from 10 to 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes, the all-new Kia EV9 embraces both short and extended journeys. It also prioritizes advanced ergonomic safety features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 2, Lane Keeping assist, Lane Following Assist 2, Blind-Spot View Monitor, along with convenience-enhancing features including Remote Smart Parking Assist 2, digital center & side mirror, swivel, relaxation & massage seats.

 

Kia’s all-new EV6 is equally, if not more powerful, with a range of up to 528 km. Having been named the 2023 World Performance Car in global markets and the first vehicle to utilize the E-GMP architecture, the EV6 boasts ultra-fast charging capabilities – going from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes.

 

This compact mid-size SUV can accommodate up to five passengers and offers sporty dynamic interiors with ventilated driver and passenger seats, ambient mood lighting, black suede seats with vegan leather bolsters, among other features. The EV6’s exterior showcases state-of-the-art design, including a Matte Black Front Grille, sound-absorbing windshield glass, and rear privacy glass. It also promises cutting-edge innovation, including Dual curved display, Smart Cruise Control, Forward collision avoidance assist, Lane Keeping assist, Lane following assist, Active sound design, and Blind spot view monitor. The all-new EV6 also features an advanced Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function, allowing your Kia electric vehicle to power home appliances and electronic devices using an internal or external socket.

 

The all-new Kia EV9 and EV6 will be available in Q4 2023 across the MEA region.

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Kia wins prestigious 2024 Car Design Award for Brand Design Language with ‘Opposites United’

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Kia Corporation (Kia) has been honored at the 2024 Car Design Award ceremony, receiving the prestigious accolade for ‘Brand Design Language’.

 

As part of its much lauded brand relaunch, Kia unveiled its revolutionary new design philosophy, ‘Opposites United,’ in 2021. The design philosophy harnesses three energies – tension, harmony, and dynamism – to create fresh perspectives and develop new ideas inspired by the contradicting forces experienced in daily life.

 

Kia has been recognized for communicating consistent design directions by launching differentiated product designs under the ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy. In line with its vision to provide sustainable mobility solutions, the philosophy consolidates the design ideas and customer value throughout the Kia’s market-leading vehicles.

 

“With its Opposite United philosophy, Kia design has taken a non-conformist approach with the aim of inducing change, unafraid of taking risks. Unexpected at first sight, Kia’s new models break the mould with long-established aesthetic parameters to introduce a totally new and modern formal language. A relentless innovation to establish a new identity,” the juries of Car Design Award 2024 stated.

 

Among the Kia’s new vehicles that have recently been honored for their excellent design, EV9 won two of the world’s top three automobile awards, including the ‘2024 World Car of the Year’ and the ‘2024 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year’. Kia also won the iF Design Awards with EV9 taking prestigious Gold.

 

“Embracing the spirit of Opposites United, Kia Design tries to harness the power of design to shape a future of mobility that is both innovative and sustainable; one that tries to make people’s lives easier and better,” said Karim Habib, Executive Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design.

 

“This award is a recognition of the motivation and dedication of countless members of our global team who are driven to impact the industry with relevant and meaningful design. We are thankful that we are a brand that recognizes the profound influence that design can have, as we prioritize sustainable, user-centered design,” Karim said.

 

Since its inception in the 1980s, the Car Design Award has served as global recognition for the design teams responsible for the best concept cars, production vehicles, and overall design language on offer. The jury, comprised of journalists from internationally renowned automotive and design magazines, selects only 10 production car and 10 concept car projects from the past year, as well as the design language of just five brands, for consideration as finalists.

 

The winners of the 2024 Car Design Award were announced at a ceremony in on at the ADI Design Museum in Milan during this year’s Milan Design Week. Head of Kia Global Design and Executive Vice President, Karim Habib, attended the ceremony on behalf of Kia Design to receive the award.

 

During Milan Design Week, from April 15 to 21, Kia is presenting a Design Cultural Communication Project inspired by its Opposites United design philosophy.

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​K​ia Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

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​K​ia Motor Group (the Group) Executive Chair Euisun Chung has been awarded the prestigious honor of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his contribution to the arts, culture and eco-friendly electrified mobility.

Executive Chair Chung became the first Korean to be awarded the title of CBE since the accession of His Majesty King Charles III.

On behalf of His Majesty, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Colin Crooks, presented Executive Chair Chung with the award at the Medal of Merit ceremony held at the British Embassy, Seoul, on November 14.

Ambassador Colin Crooks commented: “Executive Chair Chung, as it has seen your forebears whom we have similarly honored, as an exemplar of this outstanding tradition of commercial and philanthropic leadership, one which has taken ​K​ia Motor Group’s partnership with our country to unprecedented levels of collaboration.”

“It is my great honor to confer to you this evening the award of Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – the first such award to a Korean national during the reign of His Majesty King Charles III,” Crooks added.

Following in the footsteps of Founding Chairman Ju-yung Chung, on receiving his CBE Executive Chair Euisun Chung commented: “I believe this honor has been bestowed upon me not for my individual service, but in recognition of ​K​ia Motor Group’s contributions to our two nations’ cooperation and friendship,” adding “We will further contribute to our bilateral cooperation in business, art, culture, sports, and public service.”

“The spirit of ​Kia Motor Group has always been to achieve what may seem impossible now, and to excel beyond expectations. And we know that this was possible because we have friends like you,” Chung added.

 

The title Commander of the Order of the British Empire is bestowed on individuals who have made significant contributions to British society at either national or regional level, reflecting distinguished, innovative achievements in fields that include technology, science, sport, arts, culture, politics, industry and the economy.

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Executive Chair Chung was selected as a recipient of the CBE award following the evaluation of his involvement in economic and cultural cooperation between Korea and the UK, a partnership that was forged with the creation of the original ​K​ia Group and reinforced by the first ​K​ia Motor Group vehicles exported to Britain in 1982.

​K​ia Motor Company has supported Tate Modern — the world-famous gallery for international and modern art in London — since 2014, with the 12-year partnership dedicated to the growth of the arts and culture for not only those in the UK, but people all around the world. The Group’s contributions also extend to the sporting sphere as title sponsor of the Genesis Scottish Open, one of the most well-renowned golf tournaments in Europe.

With the Group’s commitment for humanity and human-centered values, Executive Chair Chung’s continuing philosophy of creating a better future for societies across the globe is at the heart of ​K​ia’s endeavors, including the Group’s focus on future forms of eco-friendly, electrified mobility.

​K​ia Motor Group has strengthened its relationship with Britain and UK PLC on this front having signed an MOU with Rolls-Royce in 2022 to lead the way in the Advanced Air Mobility market using all-electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cell technology.

​K​ia Motor Group’s impact on the UK has been reflected by the success of its automotive products, with ​K​ia Motor and Kia vehicles winning a number of prestigious automotive awards, including UK Car of the Year and WhatCar? Car of the Year.

Executive Chair Chung was also previously presented the highly respected Issigonis Trophy by Autocar in the UK and was named MotorTrend ‘Person of the Year’ in 2023 and ‘Visionary of the Year’ at Newsweek’s World’s Greatest Auto Disruptors 2022.

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Dana Motors Limited Introduces CNG-Powered Vehicles, Revolutionizing Nigerian Transportation

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Dana Motors Limited, the exclusive distributor of Kia in Nigeria, is on a mission to transform transportation in Nigeria. In response to rising fuel costs and increasing vehicle expenses, Dana Motors Limited is thrilled to announce plans to bring Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles to the Nigerian market.

This move reflects Dana Motors Limited’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in Nigeria’s automotive sector, addressing the need for more cost-effective transportation. Having previously introduced Nigeria’s first electric vehicle, the Kia Soul, Dana Motors Limited is now set to introduce a range of high-efficiency CNG-powered vehicles.

Francis Ogboro, Vice Chairman of the Group, said, “At Dana Motors Limited, our goal is to offer Nigerians innovative, eco-friendly, and budget-friendly automotive solutions. Introducing CNG-powered vehicles perfectly aligns with our vision to improve the quality of life for all Nigerians while addressing the rising cost of vehicle ownership.”

Olu Tikolo, Vice President of Dana Motors Limited, added, “Recognizing the potential of CNG vehicles to transform public transportation, we are dedicated to making transit more affordable and accessible. Through this initiative, we aim to enhance the overall quality of life for Nigerians.”

The impending launch of CNG-powered vehicles by Dana Motors Limited will significantly contribute to Nigeria’s efforts to reduce emissions, promote sustainability, and create a more affordable transportation system. Dana Motors Limited is reshaping the Nigerian automotive industry, forging a greener and more cost-effective future for all

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