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The Kia Stinger is Canada’s 2019 Car of the Year, according to the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)

  • Kia Stinger qualified for the award after being named AJAC’s Best Large Car in Canada for 2019
  • Kia Forte also qualified for the award after being named AJAC’s Best Small Car in Canada for 2019

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto, the Kia Stinger has been named AJAC’s 2019 Canadian Car of the Year, after being named Best Large Car earlier this year. A grand touring sedan loaded with safety and convenience technologies, the Kia Stinger has found a special place in the heart and driveway of many Canadian drivers and is now even further recognized by many of Canada’s top automotive experts.

“Winning AJAC’s Car of the Year award for the Stinger is a great honour for everyone within the Kia family,” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing, Kia Canada. “As a young brand that has come a long way in 20 years here in Canada, we’re grateful to all of AJAC’s voting journalists for taking the time to review our vehicles and recognizing the quality that our brand has put so much focus on.”

For Kia, now celebrating its 20th year in Canada, this year’s AJAC awards demonstrate how far the brand has come in terms of quality, design and consumer-focused technologies and features.

“It’s a great achievement for a vehicle to win one of AJAC’s coveted Canadian Car of the Year awards, but it’s exceptional for the same automaker to make two award-winning vehicles in the same year,” said Mark Richardson, President, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. “Congratulations to Kia for the well-deserved success of the Stinger and Forte.”

For Canadians that have not yet considered a Kia, the awards are another reason to look at the brand with the ‘Power to Surprise.’ Both vehicles will be on display at this year’s Canadian auto shows and are currently available in dealerships across the country.

More information on Canada’s Car of the Year, Canada’s Best Large Car and the entire Kia lineup can be found at

About the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) is an association of professional journalists, writers, photographers, and corporate members whose focus is the automobile and the Canadian automotive industry. Collectively, our primary objectives are to promote, encourage, support, and facilitate professionalism in Canadian automotive journalism and to ensure factual and ethical reporting about the automobile and automotive issues to Canadian consumers. This is achieved through the work of our members and AJAC’s annual vehicle testing and evaluation events, the Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards (CCOTY and CUVOTY), Innovation Awards, and EcoRun.

Kia CHL Sponsorship Announcement

We are excited to publicly announce Kia Canada is the Official Automotive Partner of the Canadian Hockey League. As the official automotive partner of the CHL, we will be proudly supporting the highest junior echelon of Canada’s favourite sport and connecting Kia Canada with hockey communities across the country.

With this exciting new sponsorship, Kia Canada and its dealers will continue to take an active role in Canadian communities and grow their reach by expanding to the millions of hockey fans engaged with the affiliated leagues of the CHL, including the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Kia Canada and its dealers will continue to take an active role in Canadian communities by rewarding fans for cheering on their local team and giving the next generation of hockey players more opportunities to learn the game, have fun playing it, and reap all the benefits that hockey has to offer.
Our partnership with the Canadian Hockey League was strategically enlisted based on strong synergies between our organizations. Much like Kia’s award-winning lineup of vehicles, the CHL demonstrates outstanding commitment to our core values – Quality, Dependability and Performance.

To support dealers in the launch of our partnership with the CHL, we are providing a range of creative assets to truly begin driving our national pastime at a grassroots level, engaging and cheering alongside the over nine million CHL fans. Regardless of whether you are a player, a parent of players, or a fan, everyone needs to get to a game in a safe, reliable and comfortable vehicle.
For every hockey game, there are countless Canadians moving towards the arena – every day.

Kia Canada helps get you there to cheer on the future of Canadian Hockey, and protect you in style and comfort every kilometre of your journey.
With the launch of our new CHL partnership, Kia Canada dealers in CHL markets from coast to coast are encouraged to execute their own hockey-themed activations. Please find below more details on how dealers can get involved and how we can come together to connect with Canadian hockey communities nationwide.

Michael Kopke Director of Marketing