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Date: 21 Nov 2019 Author Type: Press Release
Author: KIA South Africa
Source: KIA South Africa
  • Two top honors for KIA Telluride in Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards
  • Motortrend names Telluride its SUV of the Year
  • Telluride added to Car and Driver’s 10Best for 2019
  • KIA named Best SUV Brand by U.S. News & World Report
(LOS ANGELES, U.S.A) 21 November 2019 – As the brand introduces its latest SUV – the KIA Seltos – to its American audience at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, KIA Motors certainly has multiple reasons to be confident of its success. The Korean brand’s biggest SUV, the Telluride, has been on sale for less than a year, but it has certainly won the hearts and minds of the press. And with more than 45,000 units sold in the U.S.A to date, its customers also seem to be in love.

Top honors from Kelley Blue Book
The KIA Telluride has been named a winner in two categories of Kelley Blue Book’s 2020 Best Buy Awards, specifically in the Best New Model and 3-Row Midsize SUV segments. The awards come after a yearlong process of head-to-head testing, evaluation, and data analysis of hundreds of 2020 model-year vehicles.

“The Telluride impressed everyone on the editorial team with its eye-catching styling, notable driving dynamics, all-inclusive list of standard features, and well-integrated safety technology,” said Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book. “Even more striking is the crossover’s extremely attractive price, which alludes that ‘value’ is the Telluride’s middle name.”

To select the winners of the Best Buy Awards, Kelley Blue Book evaluated more than 300 new models available for 2020, with a specific emphasis on the best combination of quality, safety, comfort, driving dynamics, dependability, low ownership costs and affordability. As part of their decision-making process, Kelley Blue Book’s experts also analyse a wide array of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing, 5-year cost-to-own data, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information. These prestigious awards provide a helpful service by allowing shoppers to narrow their new-car consideration list and purchase a new vehicle with confidence.

MotorTrend SUV of the Year
Authoritative American publication, MotorTrend, this week also awarded the KIA Telluride with their 2020 SUV of the Year Award. With its comfortable and functional interior, the Telluride stood out as a well-rounded product that meets the needs of today’s modern family, while its terrific value solidified it as a winner in the SUV segment.

“This year’s MotorTrend SUV of the Year competition was one of the most competitive we’ve ever had, which makes KIA Telluride’s win all the more significant,” said MotorTrend Editor-in-Chief Edward Loh. “Telluride absolutely nails our awards criteria – it’s gorgeous, spacious, technology-laden, and offers a great ride for an astonishingly fair price. Congratulations to KIA and the Telluride team.”

With a more than 20-year history, the MotorTrend SUV of the Year award is one of the most sought-after honours by global automotive manufacturers. SUV of the Year judges are comprised of MotorTrend staff as well as two guest judges, Johan de Nysschen, former head of Audi of America, Infiniti Motor Co., and Cadillac division and Tom Gale, former head of Chrysler design. Vehicles are evaluated against six key criteria: safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence and performance of the intended function to determine the finalists and ultimately, the winners.

Best of the year
Likewise, America’s Car and Driver named the KIA Telluride to its 10Best Trucks and SUVs list, which recognized 2019 best trucks and SUVs. The renowned automotive publication selected the award-winning three-row sport utility for this prestigious honor based on its design, equipment, performance and road manners.

“The Telluride is rare in how good it is,” says Sharon Silke Carty, Car and Driver editor-in-chief. “It spoils passengers with features, is quiet, responsive and smooth. It stands out in the crowded three-row SUV market.”

10Best winners are selected based on a number of criteria, including value, driving dynamics and mission fulfillment. 10Best Trucks and SUVs awards are organized around segments and recognize one honouree from each category, including subcompact SUV, subcompact luxury SUV, compact SUV, compact luxury SUV, mid-size SUV, mid-size luxury SUV, large SUV, mid-size pickup, full-size pickup, and van. Nominees consist of all-new or significantly updated vehicles.

Best of the Best
To crown a week of phenomenal achievements for the KIA Telluride, KIA Motors has also been honored as the 2020 Best SUV Brand in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Vehicle Brand awards, knocking Honda from the number one position it has held since 2016. The awards evaluate 35 automakers and recognize industry-wide excellence for cars, SUVs, trucks and luxury vehicles.

“KIA’s investment in all of their SUVs has paid off with a full lineup of top-notch models,” said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor, U.S. News Best Cars. “No matter what size SUV you’re looking for, KIA has one that will work perfectly.”

To find the winners of the 2020 Best Vehicle Brand awards, U.S. News & World Report averaged the overall score of a brand’s eligible products. The overall scores are sourced directly from the U.S. News Best Cars rankings, which are based on safety scores, reliability data and the opinions of automotive press.
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