The Qoros 3 Hatch, which made its first global appearance in Geneva last month, has won one of the world’s leading design prizes, a Red Dot Award. An ‘Honourable Mention’ accolade went to the young Chinese carmaker’s second model, in recognition of its “striking and particularly successful detail solutions.”

In early March the carmaker’s first model, the Qoros 3 Sedan, received the Universal Design Award 2014 for outstanding product quality. The Qoros 3 Sedan is the first Chinese car in history to get a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating; not only that, it achieved the highest overall Euro NCAP score last year.

“For our international team these awards are both an honour and an incentive,” said design head Gert Volker Hildebrand. “In our designs, which are inspired by contemporary European automotive styling themes, we are integrating our own very distinctive touches to give our fledgling brand an identity of its own that will make it unmistakable.”

Both the Qoros 3 Sedan and Hatch are powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine in naturally-aspirated (126 hp/155 Nm, six-speed manual) and turbocharged (156 hp/210 Nm, six-speed manual or six-speed Getrag 6DCT250 dry-dual clutcher) forms.

Qoros 3 Hatch

Qoros 3 Sedan