The Kia Telluride is a three-row SUV that was designed to meet the North American market’s need for a large three-row SUV. Since its release, the SUV has received critical acclaim in the US, and now, it has also received acclaim from the jurors of the World Car Awards. Consisting of 86 automotive journalists from around the world, the Kia Telluride has been crowned as the 2020 World Car of the Year, beating the two finalists from Japanese automaker Mazda—the Mazda CX-30 and Mazda 3.
In addition to the Kia Telluride’s award-winning performance, the Kia Soul EV has also been crowned as the 2020 World Urban Car.
“Everyone at Kia is truly honored to receive not just one, but two awards from the World Car Awards judging panel,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation. “This is one of the hardest-fought competitions in the global automotive industry, proving that the Telluride and Soul EV are both truly outstanding vehicles. These accolades are testament to the talents and efforts of a worldwide team, who all strive to create desirable, high-quality and practical cars that drivers love.”
A corporate twin of the Hyundai Palisade, the Kia Telluride is a design effort by Kia Motors America (KMA) and R&D Center, USA. The three-row SUV is powered by a 3.8-liter Atkinson cycle V6 engine that pumps out 291 hp and 355 Nm of torque. Designed by Americans for the North American market, the Kia Telluride is manufactured at the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) plant in West Point, Georgia, along with the Sorento midsize SUV and Optima midsize sedan.
Porsche was also a top performer in this year’s World Car Awards. The all-electric Porsche Taycan EV wins both the 2020 World Luxury Car and 2020 World Performance Car categories.
Meanwhile, the Mazda 3’s world-renowned design was also recognized at the World Car Awards. It took home the 2020 World Car Design of the Year award.