Kia Picanto wins its first major accolade

The Northern Group’s vice-chairman Derrick Grocock presents the Northern Car of the Year trophy, a traditional miners’ lamp, to Kia’s Steve Kitson at Wetherby Racecourse.

THE Kia Picanto has picked up its first major accolade just three months after going on sale, being named Northern Car of the Year by the Northern Group of Motoring Writers.
Presenting the award during the northern SMMT day held at Wetherby Racecourse in Yorkshire, the Northern Group’s vice-chairman, Derrick Grocock said: “Kia’s consistent quality and style have seen them become the only company to have two vehicles in the Top 10 on three separate occasions – and this year Picanto topped the bill with the all-new Sportage right behind.
“Picanto was a clear winner thanks to its looks, quality and excellent packaging which makes it such a perfect city-car,” he added.
The all-new Picanto went on sale at the start of June and with its choice of frugal and efficient 1.0 and 1.25 petrol engines and a starting price of £7,795 for the three-door and £7,995 for the five door it is already proving a hit with motorists.
Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: “We are delighted to get this award from such a well-known group of fair-minded and practical journalists!
“This is the first major award for Picanto but I don’t think it will be the last.”