Kia Models Get TUV LCA Certificate
In Kia's case, one of the fastest growing brands in Europe, having received a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 14040 certificate from Germany'sd TUV NORD organization for not one, but two of its models, is worth such an attention.
Kia received the certificate for two of its models, the Soul and Venga. The two received the TUV certification after the organization found that the models emit 9.3 percent and 10.5 percent less CO2 emissions, respectively, during their life cycle compared to existing models and on an estimated distance of 150,000 km (over 93,200 miles).
“Kia’s Gwangju Plant in Korea, where the Soul is manufactured, and Slovakia Plant, where the Venga is produced, obtained ISO 14001 environmental certification in 2003 and 2009, respectively,” the South Korean manufacturer says in a statement. “These latest LCA certificates from TÜV NORD reaffirm the production facilities’ environment-friendly nature.”
The Soul and Venga join the existing models in Kia's lineup which have received such a certification, after the cee’d and Sportage. Kia thus joins much bigger manufacturers like Daimler and Volkswagen in the lobby of carmaker's with environmentally-TUV certified vehicles.
Even more, the fact that both models are manufactured, in facilities which have received the SO 14001 environmental certification (the Gwangju Plant in Korea, where the Soul is built and Slovakia Plant, the birth place of the Venga) does nothing but to enforce the eco-attributes of the two models.