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The J.D. Power 2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS) has concluded that Kia leads ALL 
NON-PREMIUM NAMEPLATES! Only ranking SECOND next to Porsche. 

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Prestigious design award for new Kia Sorento

(SEOUL) February 3, 2015 - Kia Motors continues to reel in awards for its outstanding design. Now the Kia Sorento, the brand's flagship SUV, has received the prestigious 'iF Design Award' for the first time.

The jury of the globally-recognized design awards program honoured the third generation of the Sorento, which goes on sale globally in Q1 2015, with an award in the 'Product' category. As well as awarding the car for the overall quality of its design, the jury rated the car on criteria such as finish, degree of innovation, environmental impact and safety.

The all-new Kia Sorento is the seventh Kia model to secure an iF Design Award. In every year since 2010, at least one of the coveted awards has been scooped by Kia Motors, with previous winners from the brand including the Kia Venga, Sportage, Optima, Picanto, pro_cee'd and Soul.

"I am very proud of this award for the Kia Sorento because it is recognition of the great advance in quality we have succeeded in achieving// in this model," said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Company.

"The Kia Sorento unites the classic poise of an SUV with a premium look and feel that is particularly tangible in the cabin. It offers the very highest design quality and excellent value for money. This is largely the achievement of our international design teams - which is also why I am so delighted with this award."

The new Kia Sorento was developed by the Kia design team in Namyang, Korea, assisted by the Kia Design Centers in Frankfurt, Germany and Irvine, California.

Great versatility, high-tech features and new all-wheel-drive system

The new Kia Sorento is a stylish and practical SUV with exceptional versatility and practicality. The smoother, swept-back profile and deeply sculpted surfaces provides the Sorento an overall elegant appearance. The spacious interior follows the horizontal lines of the overall design concept and delivers a luxurious look and feel with top-quality materials throughout the cabin.

The new Kia Sorento, which is available with five or seven seats, has a longer wheelbase and provides more passenger room than its predecessor. The luggage area is larger, and thanks to the sliding, 40:20:40-split seat row it is even more versatile, holding up to 2,082 litres.

The Kia Sorento has a variety of powerful and efficient Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine choices including a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder GDI, a 3.3-litre V6 GDI and a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder GDI turbocharged powerplant, while four-wheel drive versions are fitted with Kia's new Dynamax? All-Wheel-Drive system.

High-tech specifications and a range of premium features, including the 360-degree Around View Monitor make it easy to maneuver and park. Buyers can also choose from the latest safety assistance systems, from lane departure warning to rear cross traffic alert through to smart cruise control.

The iF product design award

Since it was launched in 1953, the annual iF Design Award has become one of the world's most important prizes for excellence in design. The award has its origins in the 'Formgerechte Industrieerzeugnisse' (Good Industrial Design) product shows initiated by the Hannover Messe, and is now one of the world's largest design competitions.

The iF Design Award is presented in five disciplines. In 2015, companies from 53 countries participated in the iF design awards programme, submitting 4,783 designs. The new Kia Sorento was honoured in the 'Automobiles / Vehicles / Bikes' category.

The official presentation ceremony for the 2015 iF Design Awards will take place on 27 February 2015 in Munich, during the Munich Creative Business Week. A selection of the winning products will also go on display at the iF design exhibition in Hamburg's HafenCity. Additionally, all winners can be seen on the iF website, www.ifdesign.de, and can also be viewed on the 'iF design' smartphone app.

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Pope Francis Makes Big Impression in Small Car

Thursday 14 August 2014

Pope Francis's choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

After his arrival on Thursday, the pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a vehicle for a globally powerful figure.

In a live television broadcast, the pope climbed into the backseat of the boxy Kia Soul, opened the window and waved. Surrounded by a few bigger black sedans, the pontiff's compact car headed toward Seoul.

Francis's frugality and humble demeanour have received wide coverage in South Korea, a fiercely competitive country that celebrates ostentatious displays of status and wealth. This national trait can be seen in the boom in private tutoring and plastic surgery.

The images of the smiling pope in his little car struck a chord online, with many playing on the car's name. One South Korean user tweeted: "The pope rode the Soul because he is full of soul."

For the man called "the people's pope" the choice makes sense. He has eschewed the bulletproof "popemobiles" that his predecessors used on foreign trips and urged priests around the world to travel in low-key cars.

Inside the Vatican City, the pope uses a blue Ford Focus or, when he's out in St Peter's Square, a white open-topped vehicle that allows him to reach out and touch the masses.

Local media widely reported that the pope requested the smallest South Korean car during his visit. The Soul is Kia's second-smallest model and reportedly provides more legroom than other compact cars. It has never, however, been a car of the rich and powerful.

Already bubbling with excitement over the first papal visit in 25 years, South Koreans appeared fascinated by the humble papal car.

"I feel honoured that Pope Francis will not be in a bulletproof vehicle," said Shon Cho-eun, a 22-year-old Christian student. "I hope he arrives safely and delivers good messages to us."

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