The Kia Picanto’s growing army of fans has just been boosted by the addition of most of Scotland’s leading journalists who have judged the sharp, stylish little car to be Scottish Small Car of the Year.
The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers voted Picanto as being the best entry in the class during 2004 thanks to its class-leading internal space, its impressive on-road performance and a lengthy standard equipment list to back up its value-for-money pricing.
At a special event in St Andrews, ASMW Chairman Ally Ballingall commented: "The Picanto stands out as the best new small car to enter the market this year and was a clear winner amongst the ASMW members."
Presenting the award to Kia Motors (UK) Limited President, Mr Se-Il Lee he added that the Picanto had beaten off strong competition from more established rivals, including the Fiat Panda and Mitsubishi Colt.
Mr Lee thanked the ASMW for "another fabulous accolade for our Picanto" and added that it was particularly appropriate that a nation renowned for appreciating value for money had identified Kia’s commitment to giving customers more for less as a major factor in the decision.
Since the Picanto’s launch in June of this year it has stormed to the top of the small car retail sales list, setting new records for any Kia product. Currently sitting at the very peak of A-segment retail sales, 5,218 Picantos have been delivered to customers so far this year.
Reflecting the judges’ approval of the car’s astounding value, the Kia Picanto range starts at just £5,495 for the 1.0GS model that comes with all-round disc brakes with anti-lock, electric front windows, power steering and a CD-radio with MP3 capability as standard.
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