2020 still has some months to go before it’s finally over. We’re all waiting to see what 2021 will bring, but until then, there is still plenty of time for some good news to come out of this year. During the shutdown with the pandemic, there were still automotive publications collecting data and publishing study findings on some of the best vehicles out there, like the Kia Stinger and Kia Telluride during the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study, ranking high for Kia Motors. Well now we got more good news, this time coming from overseas. All the way in Motherland, Russia, the Car of the Year Russia awards named four Kia Motors vehicles as winners – the Kia Picanto, Ceed, Seltos, and Stinger.
“The Kia brand has grown in popularity in Russia for many years, and we are extremely proud to have won four awards in the annual Russian Car of the Year contest as a result…For Kia globally, Russia is one of our most important markets. We have worked hard to be the number one import brand with a 13 percent market share in Russia, and aim to continue our growth in the market in years to come. These four awards are extremely gratifying not only for Kia Motors Russia, but for Kia Motors globally.” – Ho-sung Song, President and CEO of Kia Motors Corporation
It may not sound like a big deal over here in the states. After all, we only know half of those vehicles, so what’s the big deal? Well, for one, the Car of the Year Russia awards is one of if not the most prestigious automotive award ceremony in the country. Going on for 20 years, 2020 had plenty of competition with over 300 models going for gold. Each car was judged by Russian citizens via an online vote over several months. One and a half million votes were counted for 2020 and the results were in for Kia.
Taking home honors in the “Best City Car” category for the fifth consecutive year is overseas model, Kia Picanto. This vehicle was followed by another overseas model, the Kia Ceed, taking the “Small middle class” category, building on its win from 2019 with the “New Product of the Year” award. Now some vehicles we do know, like the Kia Seltos taking home cold with the “Compact SUV” category. We can’t say we’re too surprised, the Seltos is hands down one of the coolest compact SUVs on the market today, but the coolest vehicle from Kia Motors has to be the Kia Stinger sports car. Living up to its name, the Stinger won best “Grand Tourer”, making a name for itself as Kia Motors first ever gran turismo model.
All of these vehicles have been stellar so far, and the Kia Seltos is the most recent to be released. Only six months old, the Seltos is already among Kia’s top-3 best-selling models in Russia. With the Kia Stinger beating the competition in the highly competitive gran turismo segment, a category with some of the most prestigious brands, the Stinger continues to prove that it’s not only the more affordable option but also the better option.