Sunday 26 February 2017

And the winner is: Kia Rio

THE Kia Rio has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2012 by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association. It marks the first time that a Korean car brand has taken the title in the 35-year history of the awards.

The results were: 1. Kia Rio, 181 points; 2. Ford Focus, 176 points; 3. Peugeot 508, 165 points.

Presenting the award to James Brooks, managing director of Kia Ireland, Paddy Murphy of sponsor, Continental Tyres Ireland, said: "The Rio's victory is a measure of the progress which Korean manufacturers have made on the car market in a very short time."

Awards were made in five categories: Continental Irish Small Car of the Year -- Kia Rio; Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year -- Ford Focus; Continental Irish Family Car of the Year -- Peugeot 508; Continental Irish Executive/Luxury Car of the Year -- Range Rover Evoque; Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year -- Mercedes-Benz SLK.

The Kia Rio succeeds the Nissan Juke which took the title last year. The Continental Irish Van of the Year 2012 title was awarded to the Volkswagen Crafter.

Sunday Independent

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