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Kia cee’d Certified As Environmentally-Friendly


On April 25, the globally recognized, German-based, TÜV NORD presented Kia with a DFE (Design for Environment) and a LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificate at a special ceremony in Seoul, Korea.

These certificates were presented to Kia after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations in our plant. The Kia cee’d, which was designed for and made in Europe, is the first Korean brand car to receive such recognition. “The awarding of two international environment certificates for the Kia cee’d and its excellent 5-Star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing are big achievements for a Korean automotive company of which we can all be proud,” commented Mr. Hyoung-Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice-President and COO Kia Motors Corporation.

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its development, the ease with which the car can be disassembled and its level of recyclability. DFE also requires that our plant reaches ISO 14001. “Personally, I am very glad we had a chance to prove our commitment to being ‘environmentally-friendly’ and having this clearly confirmed by receiving the internationally renowned environmental certificate ISO 14001 within a year from the launch of volume production in December 2006,” said In-Kyu Bae, President Kia Motors Slovakia.
LCA (ISO 14040) examines both the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and reduction of fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions.