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Kia Rio, Picanto get ‘Product Design’ awards in red dot design contest

Kia's B-segment Rio and A-segment Picanto have been named winners in the internationally-acclaimed 'Product Design' category for the 2012 red dot design competition. There were at least 4,500 products entered in the competition by 1,800 manufacturers from 58 countries.  The latest honors bring the red dot awards that Kia has achieved to a total of six.

Among the automaker's previous wins were the Sportage and Optima both in 2011, Venga in 2010, and Soul in 2009. The Optima also took the 'best of the best' recognition in 2011. This is the competition's highest accolade for innovative design, wherein only the best products in each category are qualified as candidates.

Kia Chief Officer Peter Schreyer expressed pride in the red dot awards that the Picanto and the Rio have achieved. He commented that they are a "great tribute" to their entire global design team since all the three Kia design centers were part of the development of both automobiles. 

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Frankfurt Preview: 2018 Kia Picanto X-Line is a Sportage-inspired city car

For the first time, Kia will be unveiling their most powerful Picanto later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, dubbed the Picanto X-Line. This comes with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that can give as much as 98 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque (172 Newton metres) spread over a broad 1,500 - 4,000 rpm rev range.

Kia plans to bring this model to dealerships later this year in Europe. In terms of performance, the Picanto X-Line can do 0-62 miles per hour in a little over 10 seconds, with an average of 4.5 liters / 100 kilometers (62.7 mpg UK or 52.2 in the US) in the New European Driving Cycle.

Despite the performance upgrade, Kia did not consider giving the Picanto that much of a physical makeover to suit the more powerful engine. The X-Line is like a mini version of the Kia Sportage, and is actually a city car that’s inspired by the SUV. As for the suspension, it has been raised by 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). It also comes with rugged bumpers that boast metal-style skid plates, as well as new black wheel arch cladding and lime green details for the grille and fog lights. If you are not a huge fan of green, then you can always opt for silver details.

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Bugatti’s one-car stand receives top award at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

This 2017, the committee noticed Bugatti’s “efficient design”, “details” and “quality of workmanship” to be very convincing ---despite having only one vehicle for the entire duration of the two-week event. It also indicates how the rather small-sized show area proved to be so much more impressive for the jurors than those which had a bigger floor area for their exhibit.

For the past fourteen years, the Club de publicité et de communication de Genève has been giving out the same award in Switzerland’s yearly car event. The jurors consist of communications and publicity specialists who are members of the CPG committee.

Bugatti’s show stand stood out at the exhibit hall for its unique design. In this case, the stand consists of a curved roof that looks highly “convincing”. The judges had noticed it primarily for its arrangement-- wherein the curves were positioned exactly where the beaming light shines towards the show model. Aside from the curved structure, Bugatti’s creativity in turning a small area into one spectacular edifice not just won the judges’ approval but also appealed to the hearts of the many audiences who attended the 87th Geneva Motor Show.

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2016 Concept Car Design of The Year Award goes to Renault Trezor

After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The Year award. Winning against other great concepts such as the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept, Volkswagen’s ID concept, and the Citroen CXperience concept. The all electric coupe presented an overall futuristic design with an impressive automated one-piece clamshell roof.

The Renault Trezor must offer something incredible as it has won over the approval of no less than twenty renowned car designers who stood as the panel of judges. Some of the judges were Peter Schreyer of Hyundai-Kia, Gordon Wagener of Daimler, Ralph Gilles of FCA and Mamoru Aoki of Nissan. They were also joined by the Nio and Lynk & Co design directors. Each of them had to choose their top three favourites amongst 12 concept cars that were shortlisted by the staff of Car Design News. And the decision was made after totaling all the votes. The award was given out to Anthony Lo, the Vice President of Exterior Design, along with Stephane Janin, Concept Car Director, at the fairly recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Showcasing itself with its diamond logo and a muscular body, with voluptuous front and rear fenders, the Trezor isn’t just about how it looks. At 4.7 meters long, and with a 2.7 meter wheelbase, its entire body is made out of carbon fiber, keeping it lightweight. Its shape was well thought of - as a result of extensive aerodynamic tweaks to minimize drag to only 0.22, for a much improved performance and efficiency. Combined with a power output of 350 horsepower and 280 pound-feet torque. It can definitely fire up to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in four seconds flat. And as you can see in the debut video, the car glides very smoothly against the ground at a very fast rate. So smooth, it almost looks like it is floating off the ground.

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And the best car brand for this year goes again to Audi! If there’s anything we can count on to tell us which among the automotive brands makes the best cars, it’s Consumer Reports. For two years in a row, Audi claimed the highest spot in the annual ranking of car brands. Audi is trailed closely by Porsche, BMW and Lexus. Audi has the highest overall score of 81 against Porsche with 78 and both BMW and Lexus getting 77.

The fifth spot went to Subaru with the score of 74 while the remaining six out of ten spots went to Kia Mazda, Tesla and Buick. Luckily for Porsche and BMW, the two were able to show significant improvement in their ratings as compared to last year. The overall scores are basically a combination of several factors such as safety, predicted reliability, road tests and owner satisfaction rating. So while Audi got the highest total score in the overall ranking, Porsche got a higher score in the road test with 88 points while both Audi and BMW got 86 in the same category.

The top five car brands from last year are actually the same group this year. Only the rankings changed. Subaru has lost two spots this year. Porsche and BMW went up by two slots while Lexus has moved down by one. Meanwhile, Tesla takes the lead when it comes to the highest US automotive brand this year after having earned the 8th position with a road test score of 88 points and overall score of 73 points.

Read the entire article Audi is named best overall car brand for 2017, Tesla is ranked highest among US brands

When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a whole new level of features offerings instead. Good thing the South Korean carmaker isn’t ignorant of the fact that the second generation of its Kia Picanto small car is nearing the end of its life cycle.

This is why for the model year 2017, Kia will be releasing the new and third generation of the Kia Picanto small car. The Picanto has been repeatedly spied, although it was in its camouflage form in a bid to conceal its new looks. As planned, the South Korean carmaker will unveil the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in the early part of next year. But before that, Kia has released a set of images providing a better view of the 2017 Picanto small car.

According to Kia, the new Picanto is a fusion of a youthful and energetic new exterior as well as interior design. Moreover, the new Kia Picanto offers customers the chance to personalize their rides when it comes to both the exterior and the interior. Kia added that the new Picanto now boasts of a more assertive stance thanks to its bolder body lines and a wide array of exterior colors to choose from.

Read the entire article Kia teases its next-generation 2017 Picanto with rendered images

Looks like Chevy Bolt went into full speed--- almost immediately after its production version was officially launched. To keep the momentum going, it beat Volvo S90 and Hyundai Genesis G90 in bagging the 2017 North American Car of the Year award.

This week’s event in Detroit has also included the announcement of several winners in other categories. The 2017 Truck of the Year went to Honda Ridgeline, beating its closest competitors ---the Nissan Titan and Ford’s Super Duty F-Series pickup. Chrysler Pacifica meanwhile bested Mazda’s CX-9 and Jaguar’s F-Pace for the Utility of the Year award, which was divided into separate categories under minivans, crossovers just to name a few.

It’s undeniable that Chevrolet’s latest entry is the real gem out of the many contenders for this year. The small yet affordable electric hatchback with 238 miles of range was also named “Green Car of the Year” and “Car of the Year” by Motor Trend and Green Car Journal.

Read the entire article Chevrolet Bolt EV is named 2017 Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show

Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the new vehicle.

The teaser images released in December provided us some good ideas on how the next gen PIcanto would look like. Those images worked as they should be, teasing us and telling us the third generation of the Picanto looks more aggressive and sportier than the current generation small car from Kia.

Now, Kia has released more images with clearer renditions of the upcoming third-gen Picanto. Unlike the initial teaser images, these new ones present both the exterior and interior appearances of the new Picanto. If there are any differences between the first images and the new ones, it is that the third-gen white Kia Picanto – in GT-Line specs -- on the recent renditions doesn’t look as mean and as aggressive as the black version on the initial renders. Well, this could be because of the differences in the color of the small cars, the angling of the renders and the background used. Nevertheless, the third-gen Picanto has a more aggressive stance and bolder lines than the current generation.

Read the entire article Here are the official images of third-generation Kia Picanto

Subaru Impreza is a car that has been remarkable and stunning with both its looks and performance. This was recently confirmed when the 2017 Subaru Impreza hogged the limelight by winning the prestigious Car of the Year Japan for the year 2016-2017.

This was the decision of a large panel of personalities in the Japanese motoring world, consisting of journalists, industry experts and racing drivers. Nominees for the 2016–2017 Car of the Year Japan Awards include all passenger cars that were officially announced or launched in Japan between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. These passenger cars should have minimum projected sales of 500 units. The Awards also include the Import Car of the Year accolade, with further prizes handed out in the Innovation, Emotional, and Small Mobility categories. Subaru was last awarded with the Car of the Year Japan honor in 2003, courtesy of its Subaru Legacy sedan.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is underpinned by the brand’s new Global Platform architecture that allows the car to have high levels of agility, driving pleasure, ride comfort and crash protection. Like its predecessors, the 2017 Impreza comes with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that aids with the vehicle’s traction and driving agility. Moreover, the 2017 Subaru Impreza marks the debut of Subaru’s new design language that provides the car with a more sculptural body. The model is also provided with hawk-eye headlights and Subaru’s signature hexagonal grille. Its athletic stance is highlighted by flowing lines and the car’s outstanding wheel arches.

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Fuel economy is now an everyday term we hear and read in the automotive world. Just recently, some car manufacturers got into serious trouble for claiming false statements with regard to fuel consumption. As it turns out, they have a different way of computing the miles per gallon returned by the vehicle.

Cars are easier to sell once the customers know it’s more fuel-efficient. After all, the cars you use daily should be light on the budget. Then it has to be environment friendly. In fact, the CO2 emission standards set by some government have since promoted diesel over petroleum. We have to admit that because of this, we kind of looked at petroleum as the bad guy.

Some vehicles designed for city driving basically lacks on performance but at least there’s more mileage. Most of the time, fuel-efficiency is only featured on entry levels. These economy cars have smaller engines and are more appropriate for everyday use. That means, you can rarely find a top of the line vehicle with big engine that offer fuel savings. But did you know that Ford’s EcoBoost technology makes it all possible?

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The multi-awarded Volvo XC90 did it again. Recently, the Volvo XC90 has been voted SUV of the Year at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2016. A 27-member panel consisting of motoring journalists writing for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Top Gear and Auto Express judged the prestigious award.

Editor and Managing Director of the UK Car of the Year Awards John Challen says that the stunning cabin design, with its high tech features, luxury, spaciousness and superb engineering, makes the SUV an “enjoyable driving experience.”

The XC90 was built using Volvo’s new SPA platform and is considered to be the most technologically advanced car for Volvo. It has a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers 407 hp power yet produces a low carbon emission of only 49g/km which equates to a monthly Benefit-in-Kind tax bill of just £100.67 for the taxpayer.

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The Mazda Roadster, also referred to as the MX-5 outside Japan, has been awarded as the Car of the Year Japan for 2015-2016. Mazda Motor Corporation’s all-new Roadster is the sixth model among the new-generation vehicles that have a full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design.

SKYACTIV is the term used for Mazda’s new generation technology including transmissions, gasoline and diesel engines, and a body and chassis built with the Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom vision. This sports car designed for Jinba-ittai driving fun is a lightweight two-seater open-top rear wheel drive.

Mazda engineers worked on perfecting the driving position as well as reducing the vehicle’s weight by about 100 kgs. The vehicle has been made more practical with a convenient open and close top which is weatherproof. It also now has a bigger luggage space to fit two carry-on sized bags.

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The Citroën C4 Picasso has once again managed to get the “Best MPV” during the 2015 Fleet World Honours held in London. Citroën had previously won this award in 2014. The new award in fact named the C4 Picasso as joint winner with Grand C4 Picasso. Fleet World Honours judge Steve Moody commented that Citroën had been manufacturing excellent MPVs and it is the C4 Picasso that takes advantage of this fact.

The 5-seater C4 Picasso is both stylish and distinctive but remains practical. Moody adds that what made the Grand C4 Picasso win is that it does not stop in setting the standard of the class and is the only 7-seater MPV than has less than 100g/km of CO2 emission despite not having a hybrid technology.

Both the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso give buyers a wide range of equipment choices like an active radar-guided cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, 7-inch Touch Drive interface with a 12-inch panoramic HD central display, and panoramic windscreen.

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Acura has three luxury performance models that were applauded by the U.S. News Best Cars for their level of quality and value. Last February, Acura was recognized at the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards.

The 2015 MDX was named the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. Meanwhile, the 2015 RDX got the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money award. The winner of the Upscale Midsize Car category was the 2015 TLX. For the third straight year, the MDX, the top-selling 3-row luxury SUV in the U.S., was listed as a Best Cars for the Money recipient.

Meanwhile, it’s now the second consecutive year that the RDX was named Best Compact SUV. Presented as a new model in August last year, the TLX is both a hit when it comes to sales and in front of industry critics.

Read the entire article 2015 Acura MDX, RDX, TLX are ‘Best Cars for the Money’ awardees

Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron was named as "Value Champion 2015” by the Auto Bild and Schwacke Market Research Institute after it was revealed that it was the most stable in terms of residual value among compact cars.

Being the “Value Champion,” it means that the A3 Sportback experienced the least depreciation over a four-year period. The first plug-in hybrid from Audi, the A3 had a 57.3% residual value. The A3 allows consumers to enjoy driving without giving up the efficiency in power.

Audi’s other models also received awards from other categories. A6 Avant came in second in the full-size category, the Audi Q3 placed third in the “Luxury Class,” and the Quattro was a runner-p in the "Small SUV" category.

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Land Rover and Toyota were the top brands offering vehicles expected to retain highest level of their value – called residual value -- after three years, according to the latest edition of the annual ALG Residual Value Awards. Land Rover and Toyota topped the premium and mainstream brand categories, respectively.

This year’s edition, which ranked MY2015 vehicles, included midsize and full-size commercial vans covered by the awards, bringing the total segments vying for the accolades to 26. ALG said in a statement that awards recipients were chosen based on the vehicles’ strong value within their segments.

Larry Dominique, president of ALG and executive vice president of sister company TrueCar, said in the statement that residual value is important for carmakers and consumers alike since it indicate a vehicle’s future value – based on the quality, durability and brand desirability as well as other factors.

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Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com has given the prestigious Best Buy Award in the Luxury SUV/Crossover category to the MY2015 Acura MDX – earning it the right to boast being one of 12 carefully chosen vehicles for the 2015 model year.

Industry experts at KBB.com performed rigorous evaluation and testing and considered a number of data like cost of ownership information, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information.

Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager at Acura division, remarked that the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award is significant to the brand as it combines both expert evaluations and comprehensive data.

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The young rookie Marc Marquez proved unbeatable in the 2014 MotoGP season but he also won the race for the BMW M Award once again. According to the press release, the 21-year-old started from the front of the grid in 13 races this year and with 398 points, the Spaniard won the 2014 BMW M Award with a comfortable margin.

As a result, he received this year’s BMW M Award, a BMW M4 Coupe featuring an exclusive BMW individual special colour called Frozen Red Metallic. BMW says that this new BMW Individual special colour will be available on the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe from 2015. Inside, the M4 Coupe features BMW Individual fine-grain ‘Merino Opal White’ leather as well as fine-wood ‘Ash Grain White’ trim.

Moreover, the special vehicle comes equipped with the adaptive M running gear, the M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic and M carbon ceramic brakes. Under the hood, there is the standard 3.0-liter high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that generates 431 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.

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Kia is now offering a new highly specified model, the Picanto Quantum special edition. Part of Kia’s ‘Originals’ range, the Quantum is available in three-door form and with either a manual or automatic transmission. The Picanto Quantum features a Titanium Silver metallic finish complemented by premium black cloth interior upholstery.

Coming as standard are 15-inch five-round-spoke alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, a smart key entry system with engine start/stop button and electric sliding and tilting sunroof. Also coming as standard are electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with LED indicator lights, front fog lights, a six-speaker audio system, body-colored side sill moldings and automatic headlight control.

The Kia Picanto Quantum also features an ‘Urban Pack’ that includes reversing sensors, LED ambient interior lighting, a premium Supervision instrument cluster and an illuminated driver’s side vanity mirror. The city car also features a UV solar windscreen glass that reduces glare and UV light in the cabin as well as privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

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A Range Rover Evoque tuned by LARTE Design premium car-tuning firm was named the favorite tuning SUV by readers of the sports car magazine Auto Bild. It was among the vehicles that was recognized during the 2013 “AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS” awards presented at the Essen Motor Show on November 29, 2013.

Making their votes count in nine categories are 77,218 readers.  Moscow-based LARTE was able to transform the Range Rover Evoque into a cool street racer, thanks partly to its black-and-red paintwork. Providing the Range Rover Evoque with a sporty attitude are a new PU RIM body kit with the purist honeycomb grille and the massive air intake in the front apron.

The rear of the vehicle features a rear apron made from PU RIM, taking up the front bumper's design while providing a suitable backdrop for the completely redesigned exhaust system.

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