Award winning Kia Rio announced as a 2013 South African Car of the Year finalist
(SOUTH AFRICA) October 30, 2012 – Since the local launch of the new Kia Rio Hatchback during November last year, and the sedan model in April this year, both these models have been very well received both locally and internationally.
The Kia Rio is one of Kia Motors Corporations top selling models globally, and has raked in many international awards including being voted Australian Car Guide’s Car of the Year, a Red Dot design award in Europe, a design award in the Automotive Brand Contest as well as an environmental certificate by TÜV Nord.
Locally, the new Rio has enjoyed great success, with a few awards, including being crowned Independent Newspaper’s overall winner in the “Best small/budget car category in December 2011, and now most recently named the “Best B-segment Hatch” in Car magazine’s November 2012 comparitive test. The Rio came out on top beating rivals including the Chevrolet Sonic, Fiat Punto, Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Peugeot 208, Toyota Yaris and VW Polo.
“We feel very honoured and proud, and this is a great achievement for us”, comments Ray Levin, CEO Kia Motors South Africa.
On Monday 29 October 2012, the Kia Rio TEC Hatch model was announced as a finalist for the 2013 Wesbank Car of the Year competition. This is the third consecutive finalist nomination for KIA, following Picanto in 2011, and Sportage in 2010.
“This nomination truly reflects how far KIA has come in the last few years, both locally and internationally”, Levin adds. “We have enjoyed tremendous success with all of our models, with the Rio being one of our most popular models”.
“The Kia Rio TEC is an all inclusive package, offering various standard features which are rare in the B-segment. Features differentiating us from competitors include Daytime running lights, park distance control, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and built-in Bluetooth, to name a few”.
We are confident that we will be a serious contender this year”, he concludes.
Kia has received many other international awards, and these are listed below
Other international awards won:
- Idea Design Award from the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)
- Motorweek’s Driver Choice Award: Voted best sub –compact car
- 2013 Canadian Automotive Jury’s “Best of the best” finalist
- Motoring 2012’s Best small car under $21000
- Car Dealer’s Magazine’s Power Car of the Year in the US
- Voted one of top 5 cars of the year by FAMA Magazine
- Diesel Car Magazine’s Best small Car