The Kia Corporation is already on a roll winning awards for 2023. Just last week (early 2023), the results for the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year™ (NACTOY) Awards named the winners, and the Kia EV6 took home of the name of the best North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™. This is the first win for a Kia electric vehicle (EV) since they started producing EVs. Another Kia model won “car of the year” overseas, showing love for the South Korean automaker on both sides of the globe. Winning the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) for 2023 and the Green Car Award 2023 by ICOTY, the EV6 makes a return with an overseas model, the Kia Carens.
“India is one of the most important markets for Kia, as the Indian market has grown at an unprecedented rate. Kia has become one of the fastest-growing automotive brands in the Indian market and to be recognized by the Indian Car of the Year jury is a significant achievement for the whole Kia family…The Kia Carens highlights our commitment to offer tailor-made family vehicles to meet Indian customers’ needs, while the Kia EV6 embodies our vision to pave the road for electrified mobility solutions for India. We will continue our efforts to contribute to the future of mobility for customers in India and around the world” – Ho Sung Song, President and CEO, Kia Corporation
What are the ICTOY awards? Held by the Automotive Journalists Association of India (AJAI), an ICTOY award is one of the most sought after awards in the country for automakers. What better bragging rights than being able to say their car won out in the entire country? Called the “Oscars of the Indian automotive industry”, the award is given to the new best car on the market. A jury panel made up of peers with many years of experience in the industry are responsible for selecting a single winner for the awards each year. The jury measures each vehicle based on the following factors: like price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money, and suitability for Indian driving conditions.
The Kia Carens won’t be a known name in the U.S. or much of North America because it is a made-in-India global product from Kia in the family car class. With the automaker putting a major focus on hatchbacks and SUVs, the only minivan in the lineup is the Kia Carnival, recently revealed as a multi-purpose vehicle to bridge the gap between SUV and family van. The Kia Carens is doing the same, blending family mover and SUV to offer the Indian market a complete package as a spacious three-row recreational vehicle designed for modern Indian families. Offering first-in-class features, such as a 10.25-inch HD Touchscreen with next generation Kia Connect and Navigation, a BOSE Premium sound system with eight speakers, Smart Pure Air Purifier with Virus and Bacteria protection, ventilated front seats, second-row seat with one-touch easy electric tumble, and a SkyLight sunroof. Offering three powertrain options, two petrol/gasoline, and one diesel, the Carens is in high demand overseas.
We wouldn’t just report on a vehicle not available in the U.S. market. As we mentioned, the Kia EV6 also won an Indian award as the Green Car Award 2023 by the ICOTY. Revolutionizing the EV market with its Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) by Hyundai, the EV6 was just the beginning for Kia. Set to release two new EVs every year through 2027, according to the Kia 2022 CEO Investor Day, with the next in line set to be the all-electric SUV Kia EV9, the automaker is always one step ahead of the game.
You can find the award-winning Kia EV6 at the Miami Lakes Automall.