Car of the Year across continents! February 29th, 2016


Kia Motors is proud to announce that our vehicles have been named the winners of the Car of the Year awards from Australia, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates! We are absolutely thrilled and honored by this international attention and acknowledgment of our vehicles. Continue reading to find out more about these latest awards.



2016 Optima SXL 2.0 turbo 2016 Sorento SXL


Kia Motors models were recently featured at the Australia’s Best Car Awards, one of Australia’s most influential independent award programs. After a range of driving tests and careful consideration by the judges, Kia’s Optima GT emerged as the Car of the Year award winner in the mid-sized car under $50,000 category while the Sorento SLi 2WD and Sorento Platinum took home the prize for the family wagon and AWD SUV ($50,000-$65,000) categories, respectively. We are incredibly thankful for such prestigious recognition and hopeful that it will bring us further success in Australia.







The all-new Sorento took home the “Crossover 2016” title at the Car of the Year 2016 in Ukraine event. The decision was reached through a combined process of online voting by the public and critical judging by Ukraine’s influential journalists. The Sorento was selected as the overall winner of the newly created crossover category. As this award signifies both recognition from the motoring community and the general public, it is a testament to the car’s prowess and popularity.


United Arab Emirates




The annual Wheels Car of the Year award is organized by Wheels Magazine, a motoring magazine with the highest circulation and readership in the country. Winners are selected by influential automobile journalists under straightforward procedures: each car must be driven by all or most judges through a 500km test drive course.




This year, among 50 competitors, our very own Kia Optima claimed recognition for the Best Saloon category. The Wheels Car of the Year is the oldest COTY award in the UAE automobile market and recognition from such a historical and renowned organization can only strengthen the Optima’s already solid reputation among UAE customers.

We cannot stress enough that our achievements and success would not have been possible without the continued love and support from worldwide fans. Once again, Kia Motors is thankful for the prestigious recognition and gracious support and we cannot wait to be bring you more great news down the road!