“My automotive model of the yr is….Kia”

“My car brand of the year is….Kia”


It is Christmas, so it is time to look again on what the previous 12 months have introduced us automotive followers. I believed I’d replicate on the automotive maker that – for my part – has had the very best yr of the lot. It does appear to be the awards season, so I’ll don my tuxedo and announce my automotive model of 2023 as… Kia.

Whether or not it’s the inexpensive Picanto or the model’s good new vary topper, the EV9 (described by John McIlroy as ‘the very best Kia ever’ – and he doesn’t give reward evenly!), Kia is making vehicles that tick the precise bins for all kinds of automotive consumers.

And it reveals. In direction of the tip of November, Kia UK smashed by way of the 100,000-sales mark and surpassed final yr’s whole with greater than a month to spare.

It’s no shock that once you speak to a number of the new manufacturers planning to return to the UK, lots of them cite Kia as the corporate they wish to emulate. And having been aware about a number of the stuff the agency has coming in 2024 and past, I reckon the success story will run and run.

Honourable mentions for 2023 additionally go to Dacia and MG – a new Duster and a Cyberster might be the right two-car storage – whereas my Bated Breath awards for 2024 go to Jaguar (in the end), Volkswagen (for the way excited I’m about Thomas Schafer’s reinvention of the model), and Renault for its continued Renaulution. Let’s see.

If I have been handy out a trophy for excellent achievement, it will be to the Auto Specific staff – each single particular person performs an enormous half in getting the most important tales to you, whether or not in print or digital kind. And we’re proud that you just’ve made us the UK’s favorite weekly automotive journal by some margin.

Actually, crucial award goes to you, to say thanks for the super help you give us, to your fabulous suggestions – we take every part on board – and to your continued love of what we love: vehicles and driving. Have an important Christmas and a superb new yr.

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