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Kia cee’d makes shortlist for 2008 European COTY award October 9th, 2007

By Jean-Charles Lievens
Senior Vice President, Kia Motors Europe


Conceived as a car for Europeans to be designed and built by Europeans, it has been a company-wide ambition from the moment the silhouette of the cee’d was first drawn on paper to win the European Car of the Year (COTY) award.

And I am happy to announce that we are now one step closer to realizing our goal, as the cee’d was selected among 33 competing models as one of seven vehicles to make the shortlist for the 2008 COTY honour. The finalists include the Kia cee’d, Fiat 500, Ford Mondeo, Mazda2, Mercedes C-class, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 308.

Being among such elite company is a great honour in itself, but this achievement is even more significant as this is the very first time that a Korean brand vehicle has made the COTY shortlist.

The 58 members of the COTY Jury, made up of Europe’s most influential motoring journalists, are now given the task of apportioning 25 points among at least five of the cars and providing a written justification of their choice. The final result will be announced on November 19th, 2007.

With its European origins, 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating, and revolutionary 7-year warranty, we like the cee’d’s chances!

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  • Mark Juhn

    Great to hear that. I really wish that Kia wins the 2008 COTY ward with Cee’d. Good luck to Kia. Mark

  • Patrick

    Yeah, it is a great car and I hope it comes to Australia too… its such a nice car and im sure the tuners (and ricers) would love it…

    Good luck Kia!

  • I hope it wins the COTY 2008!

  • Boris

    I think its an awsome car, and with a seven year warranty, it gives good competition to other brands. Is this only gonna be in Europe all its life? i’d love to see it in the middle east as well. It could make sales here as i’ve seen lots kia’s steering wheels held by arabs.

  • Boris

    o and one more thing that I forgot to add is that I had bought a 2007 Sportage, and I love it. Its one of the best ever although I would appreciate better fuel ecconomy otherwise everything else is great ! ! ! !

  • Jon

    Sleek and agressive at the same time. We’re missing out!

  • Brian

    It is a great car, but when will we see it in the United States? (With Diesel!)

  • Rob

    I hope the Cee’d wins. I just took myn on a 350 miles trip of North Wales, and the cee’d handled the roads like a true star. Every coastline corner, and Welsh valley hill was a pleasure to cruise along, as the Ceed made ease of the twisty-roads. Overall, a good car, great handleing, great price and good styleing. I love my time in the Cee’d.

  • Good site i like it

  • I think its a great family car.