The 2018 FRIENDLIES Awards (presented by Ellie and Gillie)

Which Kia Models Have Won Awards?

Welcome everybody to the 2018 FRIENDLIES. We have a long night ahead of us, filled with the best of the best. Every Kia Model we’ll be talking about tonight has worked hard to be here. Our recognition of their excellence is something each model has earned. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce your hosts, Ellie and Gillie!

Gillie: Good evening

Ellie: Hello!

Gillie: Hey Ellie, do you know they say about speeches?

Ellie: Hmm. That they’re like a bull?

Gillie: Indeed, a point here or there, but with a lot of bull in between. We’re going to save the speeches for the winners tonight and simply talk about the year.

Ellie: It was a wonderful year for Kia and Friendly Kia. Here at Friendly Kia, we were able to welcome the 2018 Kia Stinger to our showroom. The 0-60 time on the Stinger makes it even easier for our friend John to run to the pet store and get us more treats.

Gillie: Love the Stinger. This year, we saw Kia release the 2018 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that promises longer times between fill-ups. Speaking of longer times between fill-ups our food bowl has been empty for exactly 4 hours, 16 minutes and 8 seconds. What’s the deal, John?

Ellie: Yeah, what’s the deal? Anyway, without further ado, let’s give out some awards! Gillie, would you read our first category?

Gillie: Absolutely, our first category is…

Best Performance 2018

The winner is the 2018 Kia Stinger! Takes this award hands down. The Stinger has been recognized by several automotive publications for its commitment to driving fun that doesn’t sacrifice practicality. This year, the 2018 Kia Stinger won the following awards:

  • 2018 Vehicle of the Year – Roadshow by CNET
  • Top 10 Best Engines – Wards
  • 2018 North American Car of the Year Finalist – North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle Awards

2018 Kia Stinger: Thank you so much, I want to thank the FRIENDLIES academy, and Friendly Kia for giving me such an important platform. This award didn’t come easily. It’s been the result of a lot of teamwork. I, no we, have won this award tonight by staying committed to the ideas that people can enjoy driving, that a sensible car doesn’t have to be a boring car and that starting with great design is a formula for success.

Gillie: Thanks, 2018 Kia Stinger. Ellie, would you like to introduce the next category?

Ellie: Sure thing, dog. The next category is…

Family Choice Award 2018

And the winner is, the 2018 Kia Soul! The Kia Soul has been in the segment for a while, now. Working hard to earn the following recognition:

  • Best Family Car – Parents Magazine
  • Best Budget Car for Families – Edmunds
  • Best Compact Car for Families – U.S. News and World Report

2018 Kia Soul: AHH! We did it! This year was all about showing people we can do more together. They can bring along more space and more people in a compact crossover than anybody else was telling them they could do. We’ve won tonight because we look at the challenges subcompact crossovers face for passenger space, cargo volume and fun and we said, “We can do that better.” Thanks to the Academy, thanks to friendly Kia and thanks to America. 2018, here we come!

Gillie: Wow, excited.

Ellie: If that little car had a tail, it would be wagging right now! It’s such a fun crossover.

Gillie: Our final award tonight is one that we look forward to giving every year. It’s a prestige and an honor to give this award and I’m sure, we’ll hear, even more so to receive it…

Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

And the winner of the 2018 Friendly Kia Lifetime Achievement Award is the Kia Sportage! This athletic and sporty small crossover has been with us for a long time but doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Just this last year the 2018 Kia Sportage won the following accolades and recognition:

  • 2017 Satisfaction Award – Autopacific
  • Top 10 Most Awarded Vehicle of 2017 – Kelley Blue Book and
  • 2017 Must Test Drive Vehicle – Autotrader
  • 2017 Best New Compact SUV –

Kia Sportage: Thank you. Thank you. I am honored to be here tonight, celebrating a lifetime achievement award. This award is, I’m told, given to those who have achieved things in their life worth celebrating and for that reason, it was an unexpected award. I say that not downplaying the incredible, award-winning performance of the 2018 Sportage, but as a vehicle that has spent its own life always looking ahead and never backward. In the future, we see a brighter future – more features, better specs and the highest possible value. Join me in turning these dreams of the future into reality. In dreaming for this better future, we can all celebrate a lifetime of achievement.

Ellie: That’s it for us tonight. From all of us at the Academy and Friendly Kia…

Gillie: Goodnight!


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