GT4 Stinger and upcoming Kia Soul nab top design awards
When it comes to design, Kia is reaching new heights, and we are being recognized for our innovation. The GT4 Stinger and upcoming Kia Soul once again proved their car design prowess, especially after the Industrial Designers Society of America awarded Kia with a pair of prestigious design awards. The GT4 Stinger concept and the upcoming Kia Soul earned Silver and Bronze honors, respectively, in the transportation category of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
Since handing over the reins for design work to chief design officer Peter Schreyer in 2006, our vehicles have been consistently praised by the media for innovative, European-inspired design direction. In particular, the IDEA honor is the third major design achievement for the upcoming Kia Soul, which also received the Red Dot and iF design awards earlier this year.
GT4 Stinger—turning heads
The wild style child of the team at Kia Design Center America, the GT4 Stinger was named Autoblog’s “top debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.” Kia’s most aggressive concept car ever—and a true enthusiast’s machine—is an authentic rear-drive 2+2 sports car, making the GT4 Stinger right at home on the track. Under the hood is a tuned version of Kia’s race-proven 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) four-cylinder engine, which puts out an impressive 315 horsepower. Read on and see more photos of the GT4 Stinger here.
Upcoing Kia Soul—with design in mind
The upcoming Kia Soul design is recognized as one of Kia’s most distinctive designs. With longer and wider dimensions than the previous Soul model, the 2014 Soul leaves more passenger and cargo room without compromising the vehicle design. The sporty, SUV-like styled Soul hosts an array of cutting-edge technologies. Read more about the history of the Soul’s design here.