Kia Soul urban crossover vehicle and Kia Venga compact MPV have received the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 14040 certificate from Germany-based TUV NORD in recognition of their environment-friendliness. The models join the Kia cee'd and Kia Sportage in being acknowledged as meeting international environmental standards.
The Kia Soul and Kia Venga are eco-friendly vehicles that give environmental consideration throughout their entire life cycle, from development and manufacturing to use and disposal. Kia's Gwangju Plant in Korea, which produces the Kia Soul, gained environmental certification in 2003 and the Slovakia Plant, where the Kia Venga is manufactured, gained environmental certification in 2009. These latest LCA certificates from TUV NORD reaffirm the production facilities' environment-friendly nature.
Latest LCA results indicate that the Kia Soul and Kia Venga emit 9.3% and 10.5% respectively, less CO2 during their life cycle compared to existing comparable models based on a driving distance of 150,000 km.
Steps taken by Kia Motors from the new car design and development stages to minimise the environmental impact of automobiles include use of an eco-friendly check sheet, examination of recycling potential using 3D design blueprints, reaffirming eco-friendliness of the vehicle dismantling process, using eco-friendly materials, and shortening the manufacturing process by simplifying parts and improving materials.Published 2 December 2010