All-new Kia Sportage receives ISO 14040 environmental certificate
Kia Motors Corporation 2010/09/16프린트
Kia Motors Corporation 2010/09/16프린트
- TUV Nord certifies good eco-balance of the third generation compact SUV
- All-new Sportage makes improvements from manufacturing through recycling to its latest global model
(SEOUL) September 13, 2010 -- The all-new Kia Sportage has been awarded an internationally recognised environmental certificate following its rigorous assessment of all environmental aspects, from production to day-to-day running through to recycling. TUV Nord certified that the third generation of the compact SUV complies with the strict environmental standards of the ISO 14040 life cycle assessment. The inspection conducted by the prestigious organisation certified the vehicle’s good eco-balance and the significant environmental progress that has been made compared to the previous model.
One of the environmentally relevant improvements to the all-new Sportage includes the significant reduction of the vehicle’s weight. Although the third generation of the compact SUV has increased in length to 4.44 metres (an increase of 9 cm) the weight was reduced by between 87 and 160 kilograms depending on the car’s specifications. The new Sportage uses the latest fuel-saving technologies, such as a start-stop system, and has a choice of four advanced engines, including a new 1.7 litre diesel and Kia’s very first petrol direct injection engine. These two engines will be available from the end of 2010, and with them the most eco-friendly version of the Sportage will have CO2 emissions of less than 140g per kilometre.
“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.”
The all-new Sportage for Europe is produced in Kia’s European factory in Zilina, Slovakia, while the Sportage for other markets around the world is produced in Gwangju, Korea. The Zilina 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; Kia’s Gwangju plant was certified ISO 14001 in 2003. Many of the production and waste-management technologies in operation at Zilina are among the most modern in the world.
ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment
The ISO 14040 standard describes the principles and framework for a comparative, product-specific life cycle assessment (LCA). For cars, this includes the analysis of energy consumption and emissions and the assessment of the entire life cycle impact on the basis of all data, from raw material and component production to production at the car manufacturing plant right through to recycling. The environmental impact is assessed and the improvements on the previous model are shown in a radar chart.
The history of the TUV (Technical Inspection Association) has its roots in the age of boiler inspection in the 19th century. The TUV Nord, which is headquartered in Hanover, Germany, has more than 10,000 employees worldwide in 70 countries. The company’s activities range from technical inspections of power stations, aircraft and vehicles to food and animal feed safety standards and the certification of ethical management systems.
Photo Caption: Handover of the ISO 14001 certificate by Dr. Winfried Hirtz, Head of the Certification body PEFC Management Systems at TUV Nord to Seungwook Yang, Managing Director of the European R&D Centre in Russelsheim.
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Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world's premier automotive brands. Over 1.5 million vehicles a year are produced in 13 manufacturing and assembly operations in eight countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 172 countries. Kia today has over 42,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$14.6 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.