Motoring 2012 Car of the Year

TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Motoring 2012, one of television's longest-running and most respected Canadian automotive programs, has selected the Kia Optima as its Car of the Year for 2012.

"The Kia Optima can be all things to all potential customers.  You have the regular sedan, the go faster model with its 274 turbo charged horsepower, and the hybrid for those looking to do their bit for the planet."

Motoring also recognized the Kia Optima as its best new Family Car, and the Kia Rio topped best new Small Car under $21K category.

Other segment winners:

Small Car over $21K - Hyundai Elantra

Performance Car - BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Sports Sedan - Infiniti M

MPV (Multipurpose people mover) - Chevrolet Orlando

Green Car - Chevrolet Volt

Sports Coupe - Mini Coupe

Luxury Car - Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Prestige Car - Audi A7

SUV under $40K - BMW X1

SUV over $40K - Jeep Grand Cherokee

For more information and the complete list of nominees and winners, please go to

Image with caption: "Starting at $21,995, the world-class Kia Optima boasts a striking design with impressive technology, safety, performance, and luxury features. Three different powertrain selections - a 2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), 2.0L turbocharged GDI and an ultra-efficient Hybrid - provide an award-winning Optima for whatever drives you. (CNW Group/Bradford Productions)". Image available at:

SOURCE Bradford Productions

For further information:

Brad Diamond
Isabel Diamond
Executive Producers
P: 416-462-1504

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