South African awards for trio

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AF­TER the suc­cess­ful launch of this pres­ti­gious award cer­e­mony in 2011, the third An­nual Stan­dard Bank Peo­ple’s Wheels Awards took place at the Monte Casino Ball­room, Jo­han­nes­burg on Nov 21.

This com­pe­ti­tion prides it­self as the voice of the South African mo­tor con­sumer, as all ve­hi­cles are judged in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories and the out­come is based solely on the gen­eral pub­lic’s votes. This year, there was a to­tal of 30 cat­e­gories, rang­ing from bud­get city cars to hot hatches to su­per cars.

Kia’s model line up was well rep­re­sented with the Pi­canto as a con­tender in the “Bud­get Buys” cat­e­gory, the Rio as a con­tender in the “Com­pact Hatch” cat­e­gory and the Sportage as a con­tender in the “SUV/Crossover” cat­e­gory.

The Pi­canto was crowned as the win­ner of the “Bud­get Buy” cat­e­gory for the third con­sec­u­tive year, scor­ing the ma­jor­ity of the votes.

This year, the Sportage also took top hon­ours in its nom­i­nated cat­e­gory, and was an­nounced as the win­ner in the “Best SUV/Crossover” cat­e­gory.

“We are ex­tremely proud in both th­ese ve­hi­cles. Not only has the Pi­canto been crowned with this in­cred­i­ble hon­our for a third con­sec­u­tive year, but the Sportage has also re­ceived the recog­ni­tion it de­serves as a stylish, and im­pres­sive SUV pack­age”, com­ments Kia Mo­tors South Africa mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor David Si­eff.

“The Pi­canto, Sportage and Rio are three of our most pop­u­lar ve­hi­cles, and the re­sults are a re­flec­tion of that.

“As with all Kia mod­els, they of­fer un­beat­able style, great value and a bril­liant over­all pack­age”.

The com­pe­ti­tion also in­tro­duced a new cat­e­gory this year called the “Own­er­ship Brand Cham­pion Cat­e­gory”, and Kia Mo­tors South Africa was awarded a joint third place with Honda South Africa.

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