Kia’s Telluride SUV wins an award in the U.S.

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Kia’s Telluride SUV wins an award in the U.S.

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The Telluride SUV from Kia Motors was named this year’s winner in the Utility category at the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (Nactoy) awards held at the TCF Center in Detroit.

According to the Korean automaker on Tuesday, its SUV won the top spot after a fierce competition against Hyundai Motor’s Palisade and Lincoln’s Aviator.

“The Telluride’s interior layout and design would meet luxury SUV standards, while its refined drivetrain, confident driving dynamics and advanced technology maintain the premium existence,” said Karl Brauer, Cox Automotive executive publisher. “Traditional SUV brands take note; there’s a new star player on the field.”

Kia Motors said along with the Nactoy award, its SUV was Motor Trend’s 2020 SUV of the Year and on Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars and Trucks for 2020 list.

Motor Trend praised the vehicle for its “premium levels of style and quality features and technology, and refinement and dynamic capability without paying a premium price.”

The Korean automaker said this is its first Nactoy award, although its Stinger made it to the finals in 2018.

This is the second year in a row that the Korean automakers have won at the Nactoy awards.

Just last year, Hyundai Motor won two awards, including one for its Kona SUV.

The SUV is not sold in Korea. Not only is it manufactured in West Point, Georgia, but it exclusively targets North American consumers.

BY LEE HO-JEONG [lee.hojeong@joongang.co.kr]

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