Kia UK has been named ‘Fleet Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Fleet World Great British Fleet Awards 2022, as well as picking award wins for the all-new Sportage, EV6 and e-Niro and a highly commended award for the Ceed.

Successor to the long-running Fleet World Honours Awards, the event, now in its fourth year, celebrates the very best of the fleet industry from manufacturers to suppliers.

Winning the outright ‘Fleet Manufacturer of the Year’ award, Kia UK was commended for its versatile model line-up, which is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. Kia vehicles are increasingly electric and electrified, with the company following its ‘Plan S’ strategy that will see 14 fully electric models launched globally by 2027. The Korean brand is transitioning to become a sustainable global mobility solutions provider.

“With an impressive range of cars that appeal to all areas of the fleet market, Kia had a great deal to offer in 2021. From the hugely popular EV6 ticking a lot of boxes for those looking to take advantage of low BiK rates, to the upgraded Sportage for SUV lovers, the Korean brand really is moving up in the world”, commented John Challen, Editor of Fleet World.

Award wins went to the all-new fifth generation Sportage, which was named ‘Best Fleet Medium SUV’. The latest Sportage builds on its predecessor with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains for the first time, as well as a host of generously equipped trim grades – prices start from £26,745.

Challen said: “Upgrades inside and out make the new Sportage a hugely appealing proposition in a keenly contested market. Styling cues and technologies taken from the EV6 are a big plus!”

Two fully electric Kia winners were named at the awards, with the EV6 picking up ‘Best EV Compact Executive Car’ and the e-Niro declared winner of the ‘Best EV Small SUV’ category for the second consecutive year.

Challen added: “The EV6 has taken the EV sector by storm with its clever technologies, spacious interior and great performance. The fact that it has won awards as a premium product speaks volumes.

“Helping to dismiss any driver’s issues with range anxiety, the e-Niro is a fantastic choice for those looking to transition from ICE to battery power. Entertaining to drive, too, which is a bonus!”

The winning trio weren’t the only Kia vehicles given recognition, with the Ceed picking up the ‘Highly commended’ prize in the ‘Best Lower Medium Fleet Car’ category. The third best-selling model behind Sportage and Niro, the Ceed family received comprehensive updates in late 2021. Challen commented: “Welcome upgrades to the interior, connectivity and styling have put the Ceed firmly in the consciousness of many fleet drivers.”

To find out more about the award-winning Kia model range and how they can help your business, speak to the Edwards Kia team on 01905 828828.

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