THE Kia EV6 - the Korean car maker's all-electric flagship - has come out on top is this year's prestigious Red Dot Design Awards.
The triumph comes only weeks after the model was voted European Car of the Year for 2022.
The 50-strong Red Dot jury of the international design competition awarded the EV6 with the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best' accolade for its pioneering and forward-looking design as well as voting it the winner of the Red Dot category: ‘Innovative Products'.
The EV6 is the first Kia to be based on the company's advanced Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP which has enabled the EV6 to offer one of the most spacious interiors in its class, a driving range of up to 330 miles and 800-volt ultra-fast charging technology that enables the vehicle to be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes.
The EV6 continues Kia's run of success at the Red Dot Awards.
Since 2009, when the Kia Soul became the first vehicle from a Korean brand to receive the award, a total of 27 Kia models have been awarded with a coveted Red Dot award.
The EV6 is also the sixth Kia to receive the Red Dot ‘Best of the Best' accolade.
The Kia EV6 has met with an extremely positive response since its launch last year. As well as scooping Red Dot and 2022 European Car of the Year awards, the electric crossover has also won "German Car of the Year 2022" in the Premium category, "Irish Car of the Year 2022", UK's "What Car? Car of the Year 2022", "Crossover of the Year" at the TopGear.com Awards 2021 and the inaugural "Best Cars of the Year" Awards 2021/22.
The Red Dot Design Award is one of the largest design competitions in the world. It is announced annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen and is divided into three disciplines: Product Design, Brands and Communication Design and Design Concept.
The history of the traditional ‘Red Dot Award: Product Design' goes back to 1955.
This year's entries were assessed by a 50-member international jury of independent designers, design professors and trade journalists.
In addition to aesthetics, the product design competition also evaluates criteria such as functionality, ergonomics, quality and ecological compatibility. In the meta category "Innovative Products", the focus is on the innovative features of the submitted product.