Kia finally wins World Car of The Year with the 2020 Telluride

Updated Nov 25, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Kia Telluride beat two Mazda vehicles for the coveted award.

The Kia Telluride may relatively be new to the automotive scene, but it already showed outstanding outcomes as the 7-seater crossover SUV was voted as the 2020 World Car of the Year, beating the two other finalists, the Mazda 3 and Mazda CX-30.

World Car of the Year 2020 'Kia Telluride'

The winner was voted by an initial list of more than 50 contenders by 86 jurors from 24 countries around the world. This is the first time Kia or any South Korean car company has won the award in the award’s 16-year history.

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“It is a great honor for us to see the Telluride named 2020 World Car of the Year,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation in a prepared media statement.

The World Car of the Year is the highest accolade that the World Car Awards bestow to any vehicle for a given period of time.

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Grille of the Kia Telluride

Massive tiger-nose grille

“This is one of the hardest-fought competitions in the global automotive industry, proving that the Telluride is a truly outstanding Kia vehicle.

This accolade is testament to the talents and efforts of a worldwide team, who all strive to create desirable, high-quality and practical cars that drivers love.”

4 Kia Tellurides on a desert

Kia Telluride starts at $31,980 MSRP

Since Hyundai and Kia are both under the Hyundai Motor Group, you might see similarities in terms of styling between the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade.

The World Car of the Year carries a 3.8L V6 engine capable of producing 291 hp and 355 Nm of torque and is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission that feeds the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive drivetrain is also an option for this crossover.

The thing that stands out with the Kia Telluride is its space, design, practicality, and premium feel on an affordable price tag. We may not get our hands on the Telluride here in the Philippines, but we can expect a promising future for this SUV as it started off its years with a prestigious award.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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