Frankfurt, 28 November 2017 – The new Kia Stinger has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 European Car of the Year award. One of seven shortlisted cars, the Stinger has been named by European automotive media among the best cars launched in Europe in the last 12 months.
Combining effortless power with a true gran turismo ride and engaging handling, the Kia Stinger fastback sport sedan has already won awards for its styling. Launched in the final quarter of 2017, the Stinger has been widely praised by motoring media for its fun-to-drive handling characteristics, high refinement, and exceptional grand touring capabilities.
Artur Martins, Vice President Marketing & Product Planning at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Stinger is unlike any other Kia that has come before, and is truly European in its execution, both in design and driving character. It is gratifying to see the combined efforts of our designers and engineers being recognised by Europe’s most influential automotive media. With Kia’s innate quality and reliability built-in, we believe the Stinger will be popular with European drivers too.”
The Kia Stinger was designed in Europe by Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer and President, and Gregory Guillaume, Senior Chief Designer for Kia Motors Europe. The car’s chassis and drivetrain was honed at the Nürburgring and on roads around the world. The Stinger is the second Kia to be shortlisted – the first-generation Kia cee’d was also shortlisted in 2008.
The Stinger is now on-sale across Europe and is available with a choice of all-wheel or rear-wheel drive and a range of gasoline and diesel engines. Its high-performance 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine makes it the most powerful and fastest-accelerating production Kia ever. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and every model is backed by Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty.