09 April 2020 06:33
Kia Telluride SUV crowned World Car of the Year Kia Soul EV electric crossover named World Urban Car SEOUL, South Korea, April 9, 2020 /CNW/--Kia Motors Corporation has won big at the 2020 World Car Awards with the Telluride named 'World Car of the Year' and the Soul EV 'World Urban Car'. Kia Telluride named 2020 World Car of the Year More The Kia Telluride was rewarded by the judging panel for its distinctive design and impressive practicality. The World Car of the Year title represents another accolade for a vehicle that has garnered more than 70 awards since its introduction in 2019. The SUV has already been crowned North American Utility Vehicle of the Year and MotorTrend SUV of the Year, among others. The fully-electric Soul EV was named the ideal car for the city by the jury, combining zero-emission performance and impressive electric range with a compact body, bold design, and high levels of practicality.
"Everyone at Kia is truly honored to receive not just one, but two awards from the World Car of the Year judging panel," said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation. "This is one of the hardest-fought competitions in the global automotive industry, proving that the Telluride and Soul EV are both truly outstanding vehicles. These accolades are testament to the talents and efforts of a worldwide team, who all strive to create desirable, high-quality and practical cars that drivers love." Available across North America and in many of Kia's global markets, the Kia Telluride merges a strong exterior design presence with a spacious, practical and high-quality cabin which can seat up to eight passengers. Equipped with an array of advanced technologies, all-wheel drive, and driver-assistance systems, the Telluride is ideal for family adventures on and off the beaten track. The compact Kia Soul EV features a powerful battery-electric powertrain with a choice of 64 or 39.2 kWh battery packs.
Able to travel up to 452 kilometers on a single charge the Soul EV offers drivers greater all-electric range than many more expensive electric vehicles both in the urban environment and beyond city limits. A series of advanced range-increasing technologies, including regenerative braking, ensures drivers can maximize the distance on a single charge. For more detailed information on 2020 World Car Awards, please visit Kia's media website: www.kianewscenter.com View original content to download multimedia:-releases/kia-soul-ev-and-telluride-win-2020-world-car-awards-301037990.html SOURCE Kia Motors Corporation Cision More View original content to download multimedia: The screening process to select the World Car of the Year began at the 2019 New York Motor Show. The Kia Telluride was selected as the winner from a list of 29 nominations by a total of 86 jurors from all around the world. After the long screening process, all the jurors then headed to Los Angeles, USA to test drive each of the nominations, before the final votes were counted in. The finalists for the 2020 World Car of the year awards were announced in February at the Auto Expo in Delhi, with the top-three cars revealed last month. Talking about the Kia Telluride, it is the company's first-ever full-size SUV offering. It comes with a boxy design, with sharp edges and some uniquely styled elements as well. The Telluride also features a wide tiger-nose grille, rectangular LED headlamps with orange LED DRLs and vertically-stacked LED taillamps. Internationally, the Kia Telluride comes with a single petrol engine offering. This is in the form of a 3.8-litre V6 GDi petrol unit producing 285bhp and 355Nm of peak torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Kia currently has no plans of introducing the Telluride in the Indian market, although there seems to be a growing interest for the luxury SUV in the country. If brought to the Indian market, the Kia Telluride could take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Mahindra Alturas G4. However, the luxury SUV would be priced at a slight premium compared to any of its Indian rivals. Apart from the Telluride, the Korean manufacturer also won the '2020 World Urban Car of the Year' Award with the Kia Soul EV. The Kia Soul EV was selected from a list of 8 nominations and underwent a similar screening process as the Telluride. Thoughts On The Kia Telluride Winning The '2020 World Car Of The Year' Award The Kia Telluride is the company's first-ever full-size SUV offering. It comes with a striking design, with a lot of road presence; combined with powerful performance and feature-packed interiors.