Friday, April 1, 2011


Kia's Compact CUV Honored by Consumers in Respected Online Resource's Poll (

  • Award-winning Sportage chosen by the public as top pick in its segment
  • Sportage offers a compelling and complete package with head-turning style, fun-to-drive performance and innovative features

IRVINE, Calif., March 17, 2011 - In addition to being named the "International Truck of the Year" by ICOTY jurors and a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2011 Kia Sportage compact CUV now has achieved "Best New Crossover Vehicle" in the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards by The annual awards, designed to showcase the very best products, services and features in multiple categories across the network, are based completely on votes submitted by consumers.

"Launched as part of Kia's ongoing design-led transformation, the 2011 Sportage continues Kia's commitment to offering consumers unmatched levels of styling, technology, performance and overall value," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, Kia Motors America (KMA). "The Sportage continues to add to its list of industry and consumer awards and accolades, and as the second Kia vehicle to offer a turbocharged engine in the U.S., we are confident consumer consideration for Sportage and the entire Kia line up will continue to grow."

All crossover vehicles, either mid-size or compact, with an enclosed cargo compartment and unibody construction in production for the 2010 or 2011 model year were eligible for the award. Other vehicle categories included "Best New SUV," "Best New Minivan," "Best Family Car," "Best Compact Car," "Best Car for Teens," "Best Car Under $16,000" and "Best New or Redesigned Car of 2011."

About the 2011 Kia Sportage

The 2011 Sportage CUV offers image-, safety- and value-conscious consumers increased levels of performance and efficiency, comfort and convenience, the latest in-vehicle technologies incorporated into all of Kia's latest new vehicles and an abundance of standard safety features. Retaining the functionality and versatility of the previous generation model, the 2011 Sportage also offers a sleek, modern and boldly styled package with new proportions and a completely new look. A "2010 Top Safety Pick" by IIHS, the all-new CUV received top ratings from IIHS for front, side, rollover and rear impact protection. The new Sportage SX, now available at retail showrooms1, features a powerful, efficient 2.0-liter, 256 horsepower Turbo GDI engine, unique exterior and interior features. Available in Base, LX, EX and the recently introduced SX trim, the 2011 Sportage features a starting MSRP of $18,2952.

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[Source-KIA Media]