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Peter Schreyer, Kia EV6 honored at 2022 Autocar Awards

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AMMAN — Peter Schreyer and the Kia EV6 picked up top honors in the 2022 Autocar Awards, in a ceremony held at the UK’s Silverstone Circuit on May 10.

The Kia EV6 was named the “Best Electric Car” by Autocar, while Peter Schreyer received the “Lifetime Achievement” award for his contribution to automotive design throughout his career.

Kia EV6 named ‘Best Electric Car’

No stranger to awards since its launch in late 2021, the EV6 has been named “Best Electric Car” in 2022 by the world’s oldest car magazine.

Mark Tisshaw, Editor for Autocar, said: “With the EV6, Kia has eclipsed its natural rivals. ... Aside from being an excellent electric car in its own right, the EV6 also represents Kia’s coming of age. Over the past 30 years, the Korean brand has gradually worked its way up to become the technology and market leader that it is today. The fact that a ‘GT’ version of the EV6 is coming next year suggests Kia’s end goal is loftier still.”

Kia’s first dedicated electric car, the EV6 is based on the new electric-global modular platform. Its practical interior, cutting-edge design, and high-tech features are matched by its extraordinary EV capabilities. It offers up to 528km of range from a single charge and offers 800V ultra-fast charging as standard, enabling it to recharge from 10-to-80 percent in just 18 minutes from a 350kW charger.

The EV6 is one of 14 EVs that Kia plans to launch globally by 2027 as the company positions itself as a sustainable mobility solutions provider.

‘Lifetime Achievement’ for Peter Schreyer

Peter Schreyer received Autocar’s “Lifetime Achievement” award for an incredible career spanning decades.

Now executive design advisor and brand ambassador at Hyundai Motor Group, Peter Schreyer headed Kia’s design-led approach to product development for more than a decade. His efforts and expertise have had a transformative on the brand’s success globally in recent years.

“Few people have the determination and ability to change the course of a massive car conglomerate for the better,” Mark Tisshaw said. “But Peter Schreyer did just this in 2006 when he accepted the position as Kia’s chief design officer. To say Schreyer has succeeded in his mission is quite an understatement. ... His portfolio represents the gold standard of automotive design success and he truly deserves Autocar’s 2022 ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.”

Commenting on his award, designer Peter Schreyer said: "It is an honor to receive this ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award. I have been fortunate to have been involved in many projects over my 40-plus year design career and privileged to work with some very talented teams to develop vehicles that have resonated with customers the world over.”

During his tenure at Kia he proved instrumental in creating a fresh new design direction for the brand, including the introduction of the distinctive “tiger nose” grille. His major design highlights at Kia include the third and fourth- generation Sportage, K5, Stinger, Telluride, and several innovative and critically acclaimed concept cars, such as the 2007 Kia Kee and 2010 Kia Pop.

Named president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group in 2013, Schreyer’s unique approach to design has transformed Kia and Hyundai into highly desirable and recognizable brands. In February 2022, Schreyer was named Executive Design Advisor and brand ambassador for the Hyundai Motor Group.

Before joining Kia, he was responsible for the design of pioneering models including the Audi A2, Audi TT, Volkswagen New Beetle, and Volkswagen Golf IV at Audi and the Volkswagen Group.

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