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Four Hyundai, Kia cars win iF design award

All News 09:35 February 08, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Yonhap) -- Four passenger cars produced by South Korea's leading automaker Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors Corp. have won an international award for their designs, the companies said Wednesday.

Three Kia vehicles have been named the winner of the International Forum (iF) Design Award in product design for automobiles and vehicles, while one of Hyundai's vehicles won the annual design award.

The Kia K5 sports wagon (Photo courtesy of Kia Motors)

The iF design award is considered one of the three most prestigious design awards, along with the Red Dot Design Award and the International Design Excellence Awards, they said in a press release.

The vehicles are the Niro small SUV, the K5 sports wagon and the Pride subcompact car from Kia Motors, and the i30 family car from Hyundai Motor.

For Kia, it marks the eighth consecutive year of winning an iF award, and the fourth for Hyundai.

The i30 family sedan by Hyundai Motor (Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor)

"Hyundai and Kia believe their global sales will continue to improve throughout the year as their four key vehicles for the global market have won the prestigious international design award," the companies said.

The two automakers make up Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive group by sales, selling about 8 million cars per year.

They have set their annual sales target at 8.25 million cars for 2017.


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