The world-renowned German certification agency TUV Nord has awarded the all-new Kia Sportage its highest environmental certificate.
Following a rigorous assessment of all environmental aspects, from production to day-to-day running through to recycling, TUV Nord certified that the stylish new crossover complies with the strict environmental standards of the ISO 14040 life cycle assessment.
The new Kia Sportage is produced in Kia's European factory in Zilina, Slovakia. The factory was certified according to the ISO 14001 life cycle assessment standards in 2007 and was granted a certificate as an environmentally friendly production facility.
Many of the production and waste-management technologies in operation at Zilina are among the most modern in the world. The Kia cee'd, like the Kia Sportage, is built in Zilina and was the first car made by a Korean manufacturer to be certified according to the ISO 14040 life cycle assessment standards.
"The eco-balance certificate for the new Kia Sportage is further proof of Kia Motor's successful environmental strategy," commented Sun-Young Kim, President of Kia Motors Europe. "Our Research & Development centres have comprehensive expertise in the field of environmentally friendly technologies, and our modern car manufacturing plants work to the highest eco standards. We will continue to use these strengths to ensure that our cars become more and more eco-friendly from generation to generation."
Environmentally relevant improvements to the Kia Sportage include the significant reduction of the vehicle's weight. Although the new car has increased in length to 4.44 metres (an increase of 9 cm) the weight has been reduced by between 87 and 160 kilograms depending on specification.
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