• Kia Motors (UK) Limited awarded Franchise Partner of the Year for third time
  • e-Niro wins New Car of the Year
  • Sportage and Niro both shortlisted for Used Car of the Year and are available now at GWR Kia

Following an already successful start to 2020, Kia Motors (UK) Limited has had further victory at the AM Awards 2020. Kia was awarded the title of ‘Franchise Partner of the Year’ for the third time, as well as winning ‘New Car of the Year’ for the e-Niro. Additionally, the Niro and Sportage were both shortlisted for ‘Used Car of the Year’ and all models are available now at GWR Kia.

John Rayment, Sales Manager at GWR Kia commented on the award win; “It’s great to have won two fantastic accolades at the prestigious AM Awards. Since its launch two years ago, we’ve been inundated with interest at our dealership for this award winning EV – it’s great that so many customers are investing in going green. Come and visit GWR Kia today for more information on the latest Kia range.”

Kia was awarded ‘Franchise Partner of the Year’ for the third time in four years, having won the award in 2019 and 2017. The AM Awards judges agreed with AM readers, praising Kia for its open relationships with its dealers and collaborative approach to business and customer service. Tim Rose, Judge and Editor of AM, commented: “The fact that Kia Motors UK has won this award in three of the past four years is testament to the mutual respect shared between the manufacturer and its franchisees.”

The e-Niro won over the judges and readers for its award-winning 282-mile range combined with a plentiful specification that comes as standard, including an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system, 10.25-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation system and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go. On top of this, the judges commended the practicality and attractiveness of its crossover-SUV body style, alongside its competitive pricing.

Commenting on the e-Niro’s win, Tim Rose added: “The e-Niro has shown consumers that they can have a highly-efficient, premium-grade electric car that doesn’t cost a fortune and won’t need daily charging by many owners. There’s a waiting list for the e-Niro because Kia dealers can’t get enough, and that illustrates how worthy it is of this award.”

Accepting the award, Simon Hetherington, Commercial Director at Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, said: “The e-Niro has done incredibly well since its launch and has been commended by some of the most notable names across the industry. It is fantastic to see that AM readers also recognise what a leading model the e-Niro is in the electric market. I am also incredibly proud of our exceptional 190-strong dealership network who consistently represent the Kia brand to the highest level.”

Having won the award previously in 2019, the Sportage was a strong contender for ‘Best Used Car’, as was the Niro, which also made the shortlist in the same category in the 2020 awards.

Visit GWR Kia for more information on the Kia eco range, or give us a call on 020 3841 0260.

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