Kia Motors

June 22, 2012 07:57 ET

Kia Named Best Car Manufacturer by Which?

- Kia wins the title at its first attempt

- Which? praise superb cars, value and market-leading seven year warranty

- Which? members rate Kia for satisfaction and reliability

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 22, 2012) - Which? has named Kia as its Best car Manufacturer for 2012 in its annual awards, praising the company's "superb new range of cars" as well as the brand's excellent value for money and "industry-leading" seven year warranty.

Presenting the award, Which? Chief Executive, Peter Vicary-Smith said: "This is the first time Kia has made the short-list and to walk off with the title is a significant achievement."

He went on to praise Kia for being one of the top ranked brands in the 2012 Which? Car survey for both customer satisfaction and reliability. Kia beat off competition from BMW, Hyundai, Skoda and Toyota to take the prize.

Which? said in its commendation: "Kia's new Rio, Sorento, and Picanto have all impressed in our Test Lab, while the new cee'd 2012 and Optima get the thumbs-up from our initial road tests. Compared to where it was just five years ago, we feel that Kia is the most improved car brand around."

Kia Motors (UK) Limited Managing Director Michael Cole said: "We are absolutely delighted to win this award - especially at the first attempt. It marks the culmination of several years of hard work by our designers, engineers and by our dealers who are as committed as we are to give our customers an outstanding buying and ownership experience. We see this as a great honour as Which? has a long history of championing the consumer and being remarkably thorough in its testing process."

Which? is the UK's biggest not-for-profit consumer organisation, now more than 50 years old, and has a strong record in recommending only thoroughly tested products to its more than one million subscriber base. It seeks to advise its subscribers and campaigns to improve safety and fairness.

About Kia

As a global company, Kia Motors produces in excess of 2 million cars a year and, as such, a wide range of Kia vehicles including passenger cars, commercial vehicles and buses can be seen throughout the world.

Kia is on a relentless drive to upgrade the style and quality of its entire model range while hammering down fuel consumption and CO2 figures. The Kia 2012 new car range is a major step forward in meeting these aims.

For further information on Kia, please visit www.kiapressoffice.com.

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