Kia awarded environmental certificates for Picanto, Rio, and Optima

Kia's three newest models have been awarded environmental certificates by TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspection organisation, in recognition of their strong eco-credentials.

The Kia Picanto, Rio and Optima have been given the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) certificates because of their low tailpipe emissions.

The LCA inspection examines the environmental impact of both the car and its overall manufacturing process throughout the course of its lifetime, taking into account factors such as choice of materials, engine exhaust emissions and recycling.

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Benny Oeyen, vice president marketing and product planning, said: “Kia models continue to receive recognition from a wide range of independent industry organisations across the globe – for the quality and efficiency of their production methods, for achieving the highest levels of safety and for their striking design.

“Kia is deeply committed to minimising its vehicles’ impact on the environment, and this latest honour follows similar accreditations for the striking new Sportage and for our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Zilina."

The new Rio B-segment hatchback boasts the lowest CO2 output (from 85g/km) of any internal combustion engine car currently on sale in Europe – including hybrids.

The new five-door Picanto went on sale in the UK in June while the new Rio will go on sale from September 1 with the new D-segment Optima saloon following on in the latter part of the year.

Kia’s manufacturing facility in Zilina, Slovakia was certified in 2008 as an environmentally-friendly facility, earning an ISO 14001 International Certificate of Environmental Management. The plant employs cutting-edge technology to ensure that production and waste-management have a minimal impact on the environment. The Kia Sportage compact SUV, which is manufactured at Zilina as well as in Korea, was also awarded LCA status by TÜV Nord in 2010.

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