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7 September 2017

Kia Celebrates 10 Years of the Tiger Nose Grille

One of the absolute most distinctive features to ever grace Kia cars.

It was ten years ago, at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, when Kia unveiled the first car ever to sport the now famous tiger nose grille. The Kia KEE sports coupe concept was among the first Kia cars to be penned under the direction of the newly appointed Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer and the first to feature the tiger nose grille, signaling that a design and philosophy transition was underway at Kia.

It was ten years ago, at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, when Kia unveiled the first car ever to sport the now famous tiger nose grille. The Kia KEE sports coupe concept was among the first Kia cars to be penned under the direction of the newly appointed Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer and the first to feature the tiger nose grille, signaling that a design and philosophy transition was underway at Kia.

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Kia Kee Concept Introduced At The 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

“The new Kia Kee is a clear and emphatic statement that the future of the Kia brand is set to be one that will excite and surprise,” said Peter Schreyer.

But why the tiger nose?

Peter Schreyer explains: “When I started at KIA, it was important that we established an identity and a consistent feeling across the brand.” Feeling the need to give Kia cars a strong, distinctive face, Peter Schreyer examined many different possibilities until the “powerful” face of a tiger emerged as an inspiration. “It was always my goal to really create an identity, and the tiger nose grille is a signature you can recognise on cars everywhere,” says Schreyer. In the following years, this vision resulted in the establishment of a consistent design DNA across the growing KIA model line-up, with the recognisable Kia grille featured in a number of new designs while always maintaining a unified family look.

The grille - the unmistakable face of Kia cars
The grille - the unmistakable face of Kia cars

The future of Kia design

Design has played a key role in transforming the perception of the KIA brand and its products over the last few years – and the company will continue with this design-led approach for many years yet. New launches in new segments and the ongoing redesign of new model generations, mean that Kia design will continue to be at the heart of the company’s success in future.

The all new Kia Stinger has a striking tiger nose grille
The all new Kia Stinger has a striking tiger nose grille.

Schreyer concludes: “What really excites me is how fast this company is evolving. The brand as you knew it 10 or even five years ago is gone. You can see it in even the smallest detail. You can feel it in the sophisticated textures and materials. And you experience it in ways that are inter-related and connected. As we move forward, it’s important that change is an improvement and not just for the sake of looking different.”

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