Kia receives award year after year, recognising not only its vehicles but its dedication to customer service. Kia and its cars received the following awards in 2013:
Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, Best Training Programme, Automotive Management Awards
Kia Approved, Best Approved Used Car Scheme, Car Dealer Magazine
In naming Kia’s Approved Used scheme as the best of its kind, the Car Dealer Magazine judges singled out the provision of one year's roadside assistance, first year MOT cover and a 60-day exchange plan. They all highlighted that Kia has such confidence in its products that it tops up the balance of warranties on vehicles up to 18 months old to the original 7 years’ cover*.
James Batchelor, Editor of Car Dealer said: "This was a closely fought battle and came down to the really small details - but ones that really matter. Kia Approved has a 60-day or 1,000-miles exchange policy showing they really have the customer at heart. They're a worthy winner of this special award."
Contact Birchwood Kia in Eastbourne and Washington (West Sussex) to learn more about Kia and its range of award-winning cars.
*Only on vehicles with fewer than 18,000 miles.
Practical Caravan Awards: Best Ultra-Light Tow Car - Meanwhile, the Rio won its award as Best Ultra-Light Tow Car after being subjected to a series of tests at the MIRA proving ground in Warwickshire.
Tests included in-gear acceleration; braking to a standstill from 30mph; hill starts; and emergency lane changes. Judges also considered other factors, such as daily driving, safety, running costs and list price.
This award was introduced after feedback from readers of Practical Caravan and members of The Caravan Club, to represent those drivers who tow small trailers and very light caravans. The Rio 1.4 CRDi is rated to tow up to 1,100kg (braked).
Diesel Car Awards: Best Estate Car - The competition for 2013 Best Estate Car awards was string but the Kia Cee'd Sportswagon came out on top. Ian Robinson, the editor for Diesel Car Magazine said: "The Cee'd Sportswagon combines well-designed practicality and excellent driving calibre in an attractive package." Although the Cee'd Sportswagon has only been available for a short period it is already taking leaps in the market.