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Kia cee’d awarded by International environment certificates
Kia Motors has been presented with two international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes behind the Kia cee’d.
Globally recognized, German-based, TÜV presented Kia with a DFE (Design for Environment) and a LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificate at a special ceremony in Seoul, Korea, on 25 April, after rigorous inspection of the company’s design operations and the manufacturing facility at Zilina in Slovakia.
The Kia cee’d, designed for and made in Europe, is the first Korean car to receive such recognition.
TÜV NORD environmental certificates are not easily earned. The only significant vehicles to achieve both DFE and LCA certificates in recent years are the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2005) and Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2006).
Mr Hyoung-Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice President and COO, International Business Division of Kia Motors Corporation, enthused; “The awarding of two international environment certificates for the Kia cee’d and its excellent 5-Star rating in EuroNCAP crash testing are first-time achievements for a Korean automotive company of which we can all be proud.
DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus the ease with which the car can be disassembled and its level of recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001.
LCA (ISO 14040) examines both the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions. The cee’d features lightweight all-aluminium engines (weighing 15 kg less) and Kenaf (a form of jute) recycled materials form its door trim panels.
Last year, Kia’s Zilina factory was certified as an ‘environmentally-friendly’ facility when Kia Motors Slovakia (KMS) was presented with an ISO 14001 international certificate of environmental management. Many of the production and waste-management technologies in operation at Zilina are among the very best available in the world, with a minimised impact on the environment. [Source: Kia UK]