Winners announced for the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2012

  • Kia Rio wins the ‘Ultra Low Carbon’ Award category sponsored by Hankook

  • Hankook continue to invest in research and development

Daventry, UK, 17th January 2012 – Hankook, Associate Sponsor of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards proudly witnessed the new Kia Rio scoop the ‘Ultra Low Carbon’ award at Thursday evening’s ceremony held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. Hankook supply original equipment for Kia, among others the Hankook Kinergy Eco in 185/65 R15 88H for the Kia Rio. Kia were commended for the Rio’s ‘dramatic progress’ in the production of cars with the lowest average CO2 emissions during the last 12 months. Hankook’s association with the ‘Ultra Low Carbon’ award goes hand-in-hand with Hankook’s focus on product development to help reduce the CO2 footprint and increase fuel efficiency. With the introduction of the new tyre labelling system coming up there is no better time for Hankook to continue to invest in research and development to ensure we work together to protect the environment.

Hankook are one of the fastest growing tyre companies in the world. The brand supplies tyres to leading car manufacturers around the world, many of whom were present at the What Car? Awards including Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Vauxhall, Toyota and Ford. Volkswagen took the overall ‘Car of the Year’ award for 2012 with their new low emission Volkswagen Up which also walked away with the award for best ‘City Car’.

“Hankook is delighted to be the Associate sponsor of the What Car? Awards as such an established and prestigious industry event that is well recognised by both customers and consumers. Our partnership with What Car? has allowed us to align with one of the most authoritative and trusted brands in motoring, firmly positioning the Hankook brand within the industry and raising awareness to an audience of key influencers and decision makers.” said Tony Lee, Managing Director of Hankook Tyre UK Ltd.

About What Car? Car of the Year Award

The What Car? Car of the Year Awards are recognised as the car industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. There are 16 major categories, but the most sought-after prize is the What Car? Car of the Year Award. This is given to the car that proves itself as the best all-rounder. The Awards attract more than 1000 of the industry’s most influential figures, including senior decision makers from car manufacturers, retailers and industry suppliers.

2012 What Car? Awards Category Winners:

Car of the Year Award: Volkswagen Up 1.0 75 High Up
City car: Volkswagen Up 1.0 75 High Up
Supermini: Audi A1 1.4 TFSI 122 Sport
Small family car: Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 122 Match 5dr
Family car: Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi 115 Eco Zetec S/S
Estate: Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec
MPV: Seat Alhambra 2.0 TDI 140 Ecomotive S
Hot Hatch: Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250 Cup
Coupe: Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport
Open-top: Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI 211 Sport
Performance car: Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK
SUV: BMW X3 xDrive20d SE automatic
Executive car: BMW 320d SE automatic
Luxury car: Mercedes-Benz S350 CDI Bluetec
Ultra-low-carbon: Kia
Safety: Volkswagen – City Emergency Braking system available on the Up
Security: MG