Toronto, Ontario – Motoring 2012, one of television’s longest-running and most respected Canadian automotive programs, has named the Kia Optima as its Car of the Year for 2012.

“The Kia Optima can be all things to all potential customers,” Motoring 2012 said. “You can have the regular sedan, the go-faster model with its 274 turbocharged horsepower, and the hybrid for those looking to do their bit for the planet.”

Other winners were:

Family Car – Kia Optima

Small Car Under $21,000 – Kia Rio

Small Car Over $21,000 – Hyundai Elantra

Performance Car – BMW 1 Series M Coupe

Sports Sedan – Infiniti M

MPV (Multipurpose People Vehicle) – Chevrolet Orlando

Green Car – Chevrolet Volt

Sports Coupe – Mini Coupe

Luxury Car – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Prestige Car – Audi A7

SUV Under $40,000 – BMW X1

SUV Over $40,000 – Jeep Grand Cherokee

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