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Kia Sportage wins Morocco’s Car of the Year 2023

21 Mar 2023

Kia Sportage has won the title of ‘Car of the Year 2023’ at the fourth edition of the Morocco COTY Awards organized by the Association of Vehicle Importers in Morocco (AIVAM). The announcement was made during an awards ceremony in Casablanca attended by Mohammed Abdeljalil, Minister of Transport and Logistics and a jury of 11 automotive journalists and experts.

Kia Sportage as the ‘Car of the Year 2023’ in Morocco

Kia Sportage as the ‘Car of the Year 2023’ in Morocco

Kia Sportage was chosen as the winner from a field of 15 vehicles in the running for the award. The finalists included premium vehicles like Alfa Romeo Tonale, BMW X 1, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 308, BMW X1, Honda HR-V, Kia Carens, Opel Astra, Toyota Yaris Cross, DS 4, Hyundai Elantra, Opel Mokka and Seat Leon. The winning vehicle was selected based on a set of criteria that covered design, price/performance ratio, innovation, ability and practicality, and emission level (eco-friendliness).

Moulay Ahmed Belghiti, President of Les Ecos, led the judging panel consisting of automotive journalists and experts including Essam Chraibi, Founder and Editorial Director at Wandaloo, David Jeremie, Motoring Reporter at Challenge, Leila Benjelloun, General Manager and Editor-in-Chief at Golf du Maroc and Mohamed Akisra, Managing Editor at Le Matin newspaper. According to the panel, Kia Sportage stood out from the other finalists due to its exceptional performance across all evaluation criteria, earning a total of 382 points, ahead of DS 4 with 332 points and the Peugeot with 242 points.

Yaser Shabsogh, Chief Operating Officer, Regional HQs, Middle East & Africa commented “We are grateful to the AIVAM for recognizing our efforts in the market by awarding Kia Sportage as the ‘Car of the Year 2023’ in Morocco. The Kia Sportage harmonizes driving pleasure, passenger comfort and aesthetics without any compromise. This award is a testament to our commitment towards delivering high-quality vehicles that meets the needs of the Moroccan market. We will continue to work towards bringing even more premium, innovative, and sustainable vehicles to the region.”

The Car of the Year Morocco award is a prestigious accolade that recognizes the most suitable vehicles for the Moroccan market. This award also further underlines the mission of AIVAM, which is to raise public awareness of the Morocco’s automotive sector. The association helps facilitate people and goods’ mobility by improving the rate of automotive equipment or motorization at the national level.

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The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.