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2011 KIA OPTIMA Honored as "Best of 2011" by

DETROIT -– Kia Motors America's (KMA) all-new stylish and performance-oriented midsize sedan, the 2011 Optima, continues to accumulate accolades, and its latest achievement is winning's second annual "Best of 2011" award. Optima was selected for its sharp styling inside and out as well as its available luxury features, including heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof.

"The 2011 Optima continues to gain recognition for its striking style and long list of available luxury features, and we fully expect it to be a driving force for the brand as we continue our aggressive design-led transformation," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. "The 'Best of 2011' award from is further evidence that people are taking notice of Kia's design-led transformation and the stunning design, exhilarating performance and tremendous value the all-new Optima adds to our exciting vehicle lineup."

Before selecting the "Best of 2011" awards, editors at tested the more than 70 brand- new or redesigned cars released for model year 2011. Editors picked their top six before selecting the "Best of 2011." The all-new 2011 Optima beat out the BMW 5 Series, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Odyssey and Nissan Leaf to earn this site's second annual award.

Published January 24, 2011

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