Ac­co­lade avalanche

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - KIA BUZZ -

“The Kia Cadenza wins for many rea­sons, in­clud­ing Kia’s re­mark­able ef­fort to emerge in the en­try-lux­ury cat­e­gory,” said RTM ed­i­torin-chief Court­ney Cald­well.

“Over­all, the car is beau­ti­ful and af­ford­able, mak­ing up­scale style and per­for­mance at­tain­able to mid-Amer­ica. We ap­plaud Kia’s rapid rise from un­der­dog to un­be­liev­able!”

The ICOTY award added to the grow­ing list of ac­co­lades the Cadenza has earned since its launch in early 2013.

It marked back-to-back vic­to­ries for Kia as the 2013 Op­tima mid-size sedan was hon­oured by RTM with the ICOTY award last year.

Mean­while, the 2014 Cerato (known as Forte or K3 in some mar­kets) was named the Best New Com­pact Sedan of 2014 by Cars. com.

Cars.com ed­i­tors picked six cars to com­pete for the an­nual award, and the Cerato topped its seg­ment with its style, per­for­mance and value.

“People buy com­pact cars be­cause they are af­ford­able and ef­fi­cient, but that doesn’t mean they have to be bor­ing,” said Cars.com ed­i­torin-chief Patrick Olsen.

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