Kia Canada scores two wins at Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Canadian Car of the Year Awards

  • The refined interior, cutting-edge technology and striking road presence of the all-new 2014 Kia Soul earns title as "Best New Family Car (Under $30,000)"
  • 2014 Kia Sorento SUV sports a dynamic and sophisticated design, both, inside and out, helping to name the vehicle as "Best New SUV/CUV $35,000 - $60,000)"

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Kia Canada was presented two Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car of the Year category awards. First, the all-new 2014 Kia Soul Urban Hatchback was announced winner of the "Best New Family Car (Under $30,000)" award by AJAC, and second, the 2014 Kia Sorento was named as the "Best New SUV/CUV ($35,000 - $60,000)".

Both vehicles faced tough competition throughout AJAC's week-long comprehensive testing period, known as TestFest, which occurred at the end of October in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Kia Soul was placed against the all-new 2014 Kia Rondo (which finished in a near second place) and the Fiat 500L. The Kia Sorento competed with the: Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, Hyundai Santa Fe XL, Jeep Grand Cherokee and GMC Acadia Denali.

"Kia Canada is elated that the all-new 2014 Kia Soul and 2014 Sorento performed well throughout AJAC's comprehensive testing program and were selected as the top vehicles in their respective categories," said Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada Inc. "Kia Canada has now been in the Canadian market for 15 years, and these accreditations are a reflection of how well our product is resonating, not only within the industry against tough competition, but also with Canadian consumers."

These prestigious awards automatically qualify the all-new 2014 Kia Soul and 2014 Sorento for consideration as the 2014 AJAC 'Canadian Car of the Year' and 'Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year' titles, which will be awarded in February 2014, at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 184 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 161 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada, with an all-new state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. Kia's brand slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

SOURCE: KIA Canada Inc.

For further information:

Maxime Surette 
Public Relations Manager
Kia Canada Inc. 
T: 905-755-6272
C: 416-316-3313
E: msurette@kia.ca

Daniel Ponzini
Public Relations and Events Coordinator
Kia Canada Inc 
T: 905-755-6415 
C: 647-462-8986 
E: dponzini@kia.ca


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