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8 / 04 / 2020

Kia has won a first-time double at the 2020 World Car Awards with the Telluride named ‘World Car of the Year’ and the Soul EV ‘World Urban Car’.





The Kia Telluride was rewarded by the judging panel for its distinctive design and impressive practicality. The World Car of the Year title represents the first time a Korean car has won the prestigious award and is another accolade for a vehicle that has garnered more than 70 awards since its introduction in 2019. The SUV has already been crowned North American Utility Vehicle of the Year and >MotorTrend SUV of the Year, among others.





The fully-electric Soul EV was named the ideal car for the city by the jury, combining zero-emission performance and impressive electric range with a compact body, bold design, and high levels of practicality.


“Everyone at Kia is truly honoured to receive not just one, but two awards from the World Car of the Year judging panel. This is one of the hardest-fought competitions in the global automotive industry, proving that the Telluride and Soul EV are both truly outstanding vehicles. These accolades are testament to the talents and efforts of a worldwide team, who all strive to create desirable, high-quality and practical cars that drivers love.”


Thomas Schemera,

Kia Corporation Executive Vice-President

and Head of Product Division



While neither of the winners are currently available to Australia, Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said the awards are a wider recognition of Kia as a global automotive force.



“While the awards have been given to two very special individual models, the recognition of the quality and desirability extends to the entire brand. And while it is true that neither Telluride nor the Soul EV is available to Australia at the moment, you never say never in such a dynamic industry. Circumstances change and we will never close the door on any possibility.”


Damien Meredith

Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer




The winners of the World Car Awards are decided by an independent international jury comprising 86 highly-experienced, well-respected automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world.

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