NEW YORK, April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) is pleased to announce that the Niro EV was selected "Car of the Year" by Popular Mechanics magazine.
"We picked the Niro EV for Car of the Year because it's an electric car that would be appealing even if it weren't electric," says Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics automotive editor. "But it is electric, and it delivers the usual EV benefits without much in the way of EV sacrifices. It's smooth, quick and quiet, with plenty of range and an affordable price. The Niro EV feels like a preview of the near future, when cars like this are the norm. But right now it's the exception."
The magazine praised the crossover Niro EV1 for its design, style, performance and practicality, citing its comfort on the highway during a long road trip as well as its functionality as an everyday runabout.
"We're thrilled by this award," says Michael Cole, COO and executive vice president, KMA. "When a publication with the storied reputation of Popular Mechanics selects your vehicle over the competition, it's a momentous event. We're proud of the Niro EV and its place in our fleet of all-electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles At Kia we strive to provide the best vehicles possible and this reward validates our efforts."
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*
*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
1 2019 Niro EV is a limited-production model sold in select states in select Kia Retailers.
SOURCE Kia Motors America