- Kia’s five-door entry tops list of affordable compact wagons
(SEOUL) December 14, 2007 -- The 2008 Kia Spectra5 (known as Cerato 5-door in many markets) is ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 Best Cars & Trucks rankings, which were released today. Of the 12 vehicles in the “Affordable Compact Wagons” category, the Spectra5 scored a “Very Good” overall rating of 8.3 to top the list, which included wagons and hatchbacks generally priced below $25,000.
“Spectra5’s top ranking proves that style and substance do not have to be compromised when combined with safety, value and quality,” said Len Hunt, president and CEO of Kia Motors America. “This is a great distinction for the Spectra5 in what is known to be a tough, competitive segment, and rounds out an awards-laden year for Kia’s full line of vehicles.”
The Spectra line of vehicles has been Kia’s top selling model in 2007, with 167,790 unit sold globally through the month of November.
Editors for U.S. News & World Report determine rankings of cars, trucks and SUVs through analysis of leading automotive reviews, safety ratings and reliability statistics. The rankings represent the most up-to-date information available to U.S. News & World Report as of the release date and are revised from time to time. A complete listing is available at http://www.RankingsAndReviews.com.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) -- one of the fastest growing automakers in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 12 manufacturing and assembly operations in 8 countries produce more than 1.3 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 165 countries. Kia today has over 33,000 employees and annual revenues of almost $19 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup. From 2007 to 2014, Kia will be an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup -- as well as a EUROTOP partner of UEFA. Kia Motors Corporation’s brand slogan -- “The Power to Surprise” -- represents the company’s global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.