Press Release by: Kia SA
- Stinger beats out strong competition from Honda Accord and Audi A5/S5 Sportback to claim Roadshow’s top Shift Award
- Stinger set to redefine a segment populated by some of the most recognised European luxury automotive brands
(DETROIT) January 17, 2018 – Roadshow by CNET today announced the KIA Stinger as its 2018 Shift Award Vehicle of the Year. Besting stiff competition from Honda and Audi, the Stinger was lauded by the Roadshow by CNET editorial staff as being not just a class benchmark, but also a vehicle that is driving the industry toward a smarter, more sustainable and entertaining future. The Shift Award Vehicle of the Year is Roadshow by CNET’s top award category.
“One year ago we hosted the global debut of Stinger at the North American International Auto Show and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the reception it received,” noted Orth Hedrick, Vice President, Product Planning, KIA Motors America (KMA). “To return this year with Stinger being recognised by the Roadshow by CNET editors as the 2018 vehicle of the year is a tremendous achievement, and is a testament to the thousands of KIA employees around the world that worked to bring the Stinger to market.”
Entering its third year, the Shift Awards recognise several categories including Disruptor, Driveline Tech, Cabin Tech, Safety Tech and the top category, Vehicle of the Year. The awards honour the most innovative and important developments in the car industry. “We saw so many amazing cars released this year that this was an incredibly difficult decision,” remarked Roadshow editor in chief, Tim Stevens. “But at the end of voting, the KIA Stinger stood above the rest. It’s a great mix of refinement and power in a practical, attractive, and attainable package. We love the Stinger and can’t wait to see what comes next from KIA.”
Designed in Frankfurt, developed on the Nürburgring, and built by the brand ranked highest in initial quality, the KIA Stinger represents KIA’s first entry into the sport sedan segment. The Roadshow by CNET award follows the KIA Stinger’s top three placement in the 2018 North American Car of the Year awards, announced in December 2017.
The Stinger is also one of seven cars shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 European Car of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018, as well as one of four KIA models in the running for the 2018 World Car of the Year Awards (WCOTY). The top 10 finalists in each WCOTY category will be announced by KPMG on 23 January 2018, followed by the top 3 announcement at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018. As always, all WCOTY winners will be announced at the New York International Auto Show towards the end of March 2018.