Kia has been named 'Best Manufacturer' at the 2023 Autocar Awards. Following a record-breaking 2022 and start to 2023, Kia has beaten some of the biggest names in the industry to this prestigious award. Celebrated at a unique ceremony at the Silverstone Wing, the Autocar Awards celebrate the best of the automotive world, as well as recognising individual excellence throughout the industry.
Kia has made significant strides in recent years and has grown into a serious contender within the motor industry and this award is testament to the companies commitment quality, innovation and customer satisfaction.
Kia’s diverse range of vehicles have been praised for their quality, reliability and affordability; in which they have had a confident start to 2023, with the all-new Niro and Sportage continuing to cement themselves as class leaders. Both of these models consistently contribute to making Kia the most popular brand within the C-SUV segment - and are now among the top 10 best-selling models overall.
Kia has been at the forefront of making the switch to electric and hybrid vehicles with their range continuing to impress with EV's such as the EV6, Niro EV and Soul EV all receiving regular praise from critics and customers alike.
It’s not only Kia’s award-winning products which hailed the win, it’s also the brand’s customer experience quality including first class ratings and the selection of convenience services and apps.
Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, commented: “It seems like a very long time since any of us have thought of Kia as ‘that funny budget car brand from Korea’. What a transformation Kia has been through. Very few brands of Kia’s size can boast product lines half as up-to-date. Both the totemic EV6 and Sorento family SUV were launched in 2021, and still feel box-fresh. The sheer confidence exuded by the design of the Niro and Sportage was what really impressed, and made it so obvious that this year’s Best Manufacturer award could go nowhere else.”
With plans to introduce a line-up of 15 fully electric cars by 2027, Kia shows no signs of slowing down, and aims to further strengthen its position as a leading brand in the global EV market. The EV9, arriving in the UK later this year, is developed on the company’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and will usher in a new era of sophisticated, high-technology, sustainable mobility for Kia.