2013 Kia Optima named 'International Car of the Year'

    --  Optima recognized for distinctive design, advanced technology
        and unmatched value
    --  Kia Optima receives more positive reactions from the ICOTY jury
        than any other vehicle nominated
    --  ICOTY honour adds to Optima's long list of accolades

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Kia Motors is proud to announce that 
Road & Travel Magazine has named the 2013 Kia Optima as the International Car 
of the Year (ICOTY) at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 
in Detroit. The Optima's stunning design combined with modern amenities and 
impressive value propelled the mid-size sedan to becoming the top-selling Kia 
vehicle in 2012.

"The International Car of the Year distinction by Road & Travel Magazine adds 
to the Optima's strongly stacked trophy case," said Robert Staffieri, Director 
of Marketing, Kia Canada Inc. "The world-class designed Optima continues to 
attract Canadian's to the Kia brand by providing an alternative in the 
mid-size segment that presents an unprecedented combination of design, 
performance, comfort, technology, fuel efficiency and value."

Road & Travel Magazine gives 10 ICOTY awards to new or existing model year 
vehicles with significant and/or impressive improvements. These awards are 
based on the emotional connection between the consumer and vehicle. The 
winners are chosen by the ICOTY jury, which consists of nationally renowned 
automotive journalists from respected publications such as MSN Autos, Car and 
Driver and Consumer Guide® Automotive.

"The Kia Optima rose to the top of the list as the most emotionally compelling 
vehicle above all others," said Courtney Caldwell, Road and Travel Magazine's 
Editor-in-Chief. "It's functional yet sleek design as well as advanced 
features intertwines effortlessly with consumer lifestyles on many levels, 
qualities we look for when considering contenders for the ICOTY awards."

In addition to this prestigious accolade, the Optima has earned a number of 
awards including being named the 2012 "Car of the Year" award from Motoring TV 
as well as the 2012 "Best New Family Car" from Motoring TV.

About Kia Canada Inc.:

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca - www.facebook.com/kiacanada) a maker of quality 
vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation 
(KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class 
leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 
180 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 161 people in its Mississauga, 
Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada, with an all-new 
state-of-the-art facility to open in Montreal shortly. Kia's brand slogan "The 
Power to Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surprise the 
world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond 

About Kia Motors Corporation:
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) - a maker of quality vehicles for 
the young-at-heart - was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest 
manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are 
produced in 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in ten countries which 
are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers 
covering 149 countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and 
annual revenues of US$39 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian 
Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA - the governing body of the 
FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan - "The Power to 
Surprise" - represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world 
by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

Cathy Laroche Public Relations Manager Kia Canada Inc. T:514.554.6415 
C:514-554-0843 E:claroche@kia.ca

Daniel Ponzini Public Relations and Events Coordinator Kia Canada Inc. 
T:905.755.6414 C:647.462.8986 E:dponzini@kia.ca

SOURCE: KIA Canada Inc.

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