Kia Sportage Named Scotland's Favourite Car For 2010

Kia Sportage named Scotland's favourite car for 2010

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The Kia Sportage has won the 2010 Scottish Car of the Year Award just a week after going on sale in the UK.

The SUV-styled crossover won the prestigious award after members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers praised the Sportage’s stylish design, driving dynamics, safety and value for money.

John Murdoch, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: "Despite tough times in the motoring industry, some truly excellent new cars are still being launched and manufacturers are responding well to the many challenges they currently face.

“Kia are improving at an astonishing rate and they have shown that by producing the new Sportage."

Kia Sportage prices start from £16,645 and include Kia’s impressive seven-year warranty.

Available with petrol and diesel engines, the Sportage comes with two-wheel of four-wheel drive, the latter sure to be a popular choice on UK roads in bad weather conditions.

Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd., said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Sportage so soon after its launch! We all knew it was a great car from the moment we saw it in Geneva and I am genuinely thrilled that our good friends in Scotland share that opinion."

Kia has launched several new cars in the UK in recent months. The Kia Sportage follows the smaller Kia Soul into the UK market, while the Kia Optima will replace the Magentis saloon next year.

The South Korean manufacturer is one of the fastest growing brands in the UK thanks to the improved quality, affordability and design of its new range of cars.