Award-winning Kia EV6 praised by ECOTY jury for 'tech innovations'

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Kia’s award-winning EV6 earned praises from the members of the European Car of the Year (ECOTY) jury for its many attributes including its “technological innovations that have brought about a new in-car experience.”

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How many awards does the EV6 have to date?

    To date, the Kia EV6 has already won six awards.
  • What audio system does the EV6 feature?

    The Kia EV6 features a Meridian Audio sound system with 14 speakers.
  • The Kia EV6 was introduced last year and is planned to be launched by the South Korean carmaker sometime in 2027. Despite its official launch date being scheduled about six years past its introduction, the EV6 has already won various honors from different organizations such as the 2022 Irish Car of the Year; 2022 What Car? “Car of the Year;” “Crossover of the Year” at the TopGear.com 2021 awards; “Premium” winner in the German Car of the Year 2022 awards; joint winner of the inaugural “Best Cars of the Year” 2021/2022 awards; and of course, the 2022 European Car of the Year (ECOTY) award.

    The Kia EV6 offers its occupants an immersive and interactive cabin that boasts a 14-speaker Meridian Audio sound system accompanied by its panoramic curved display consisting of a 12-inch digital cluster and a 12-inch infotainment system.

    “New from scratch, the Kia EV6 points out how a state-of-the-art electric car these days should be,” said Australian ECOTY juror Horst Bauer. Meanwhile, Italian ECOTY juror Silvia Baruffaldi said, “inside the roomy and well-finished passenger compartment, technological innovation is applied to increase the quality of life on board.”

    According to Kia, general media feedback specific to the Meridian sound system has also been extremely positive, with Totally EV (an independent EV organization that reviews electric vehicles) commenting, “the 14-speaker Meridian audio system provides a much-needed boost in the sub-bass tones and a more fulfilling soundstage for all occupants.”

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    The Meridian sound system featured in the EV6 boasts a system equipped with Meridian’s advanced tech capabilities to enhance the listening experience for all occupants such as the Meridian Intelli-Q, Meridian Horizon, and Meridian Re-Q.

    “The Meridian sound system enhances the innovative, energetic and vivid DNA of the Kia brand. Our goal was to create a very special experience for Kia customers and this includes Meridian’s refined sound quality, with an added sense of space and accuracy, an elaborate branded speaker grille design, and the aesthetics of the amplifier in its hidden location,” said Hyundai Motor Group Infotainment Engineering Group Vice President Jaeok Lee.

    The EV6 speaker system also benefits from Electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD), a suite of newly-developed tech features that further enhance the EV6’s in-car space.

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    At launch, the Kia EV6 is expected to play a key role in the company’s plans to become a leading global sustainable mobility solutions provider.

    Photos from Kia

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