Following a successful introduction last year, the Kia Stinger has been awarded ‘Best Performance Car’ in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018.
Evaluated and compared by a well-respected panel of UK journalists, the Stinger came top of its class, fighting off stiff competition in a segment normally associated with more premium brands. The Stinger impressed judges with its striking styling, excellent handling, high levels of equipment and appealing value for money.
Commenting on the Stinger win, Paul Barker – UK COTY judge, said: “A brave move by Kia to produce a great-looking grand tourer and an interesting addition to the sector. The 3.3-litre petrol engine is an absolute stormer.”
Echoing Paul’s comments was UK COTY judge Alex Grant, “The Stinger is a sign of how far Kia has come in the last decade; a genuine rival to the compact executive sports saloon, with a competitive choice of engines and striking styling. The accessibility makes it the best in this class.”
Introduced to the UK in November 2017, the Kia Stinger encapsulated the company’s slogan of ‘The Power to Surprise’ boasting a twin-turbo V6 with the capability to launch the five-seater gran turismo from 0-60pmh in a time of 4.7 seconds, making it the fastest-accelerating Kia ever.
Chris DaCosta, Head of Business for Tiger Automotive, the division of ATL Automotive who, from March, will be responsible for the sales and service of Kia in Jamaica said of the win: “Kia is an incredible for a huge number of reasons not least the diversity of its model line-up. On one hand, you have a micro hatchback in the Picanto and here at the other end of the spectrum, in the Stinger, you have a head turning performance sedan that simply blows the mind. We’ll be stocking two variants of it from March and the initial feedback from not just our customers but the international media community has been phenomenal.”
The thirteen segment winners in the UK Car of the Year Awards 2018 are all put forward to the main award of ‘UK Car of the Year 2018’ which will be announced at the end of January. The Stinger has also been shortlisted for European Car of the Year as well as being nominated for World Car of the Year.
From March 1st 2018, the ATL Automotive Group will take direct control of the sales and aftersales of Kia under a newly created subdivision, ATL Tiger Automotive, operating world class facilities in Kingston and Montego Bay.
About the 2018 Stinger
Kia is bringing back the golden age of beautiful and elegant high-performance gran turismo cars with the stunning Stinger, the most adventurous model in the company’s history. The Stinger evokes memories of the golden age of beautiful grand tourers. With its three turbocharged engines, all with an eight-speed automatic gearbox; range-topping model powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine capable of 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds – faster than any previous Kia; all-independent suspension, adjustable in range-topping model; three distinct trim lines in a five-model range and equipped with state-of-the-art driver aids and connectivity systems.
About ATL Automotive
ATL Automotive was formed in 1997 and has served Jamaica for almost two decades, setting the benchmark for automobile sales and service in the island. With the introduction of Kia to the family, ATL Automotive now encompasses several divisions exclusively distributing the world’s finest automobile brands, from state-of-the-art showrooms and service facilities in Kingston and Montego Bay, strengthening its undisputed position as the country’s foremost automotive group and changing the face of motoring in Jamaica forever