Tuesday, 23 January 2018

  • All-New Picanto wins overall Best City Car category
  • All-New Stinger celebrates sub-category win for Best Executive Car
  • Wins top a successful 2017 for the brand

Following on from a successful 2017 which saw over 93,200 models sold, and four new model launches, Kia has received yet more good news to celebrate – winning two awards at the 40th anniversary What Car? Awards, held in London.

Impressing the What Car? judges and winning ‘Best City Car’ was the all-new Kia Picanto. Launched in April 2017, the third generation A-segment Picanto has huge appeal for customers – cutting-edge in-car technology such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smart phone integration and wireless smartphone charging, a bold new design both inside and out, as well as a high level of safety features.

Commenting on the win, What Car? Editor, Steve Huntingford said, “Knocking the Hyundai i10 off its perch in this class was never going to be easy, but Kia has managed it, creating a car that’s more spacious inside and better to drive.”

Since being officially unveiled in January 2017, the Kia Stinger has changed the brand perception of Kia to many and shown the world what it is capable of. It went on-sale in January 2018 and feedback from consumers has been exceptional. Now cementing that good news for this ground-breaking product is another What Car? award win, with  ‘Best Executive Car for more than £35,000’ for the Stinger. In its range-topping twin-turbo V6 guise, the Stinger GT S is the fastest-accelerating Kia ever, with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 165mph.

Huntingford commented:  “This 365bhp fastback can thrill when you want it to, yet remains comfortable and refined for your commute. And all that for a low price.”

Collecting both awards on the night, Simon Hetherington, Commercial Director at Kia Motors (UK) Ltd commented: “What Car? is held in high esteem by its readers and the industry alike and to win not one but two awards at tonight’s event is fantastic news. It highlights how our brand continues to grow in multiple ways and how the quality of our products is going from strength to strength.”


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