Kia Motors America Announces All-Time Quarterly Sales Record 2011 Sorento Eclipses 10,000 Unit Mark for First Time; Year-To-Date Sales Up 12.3 Percent

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced sales of 30,071 vehicles in September, a 39-percent increase over the same period last year and an all-time sales record for the month of September. Kia's sales were led for the ninth consecutive month by the 2011 Sorento CUV, which posted sales of more than 10,000 units for the first time since its debut. The monthly sales record is Kia's second in the past three months – and sixth overall in 2010 – and helped the brand achieve its best quarterly sales total in company history at 97,955 units.  

KMA's year-to-date sales of 268,024 units are up 12.3-percent over 2009 and the company is on pace to achieve its 16th consecutive year of market share growth. Kia's growing stable of new vehicles resulting from the brand's design-led transformation – the 2010 Soul, Forte and Forte Koup; and the 2011 Sorento and the all-new 2011 Sportage – accounted for 76.7-percent of sales in September.

"Our record sales, including Sorento's best performance ever with more than 10,000 units sold, are a result of the brand's complete design and product transformation that continues to drive more style-conscious consumers to Kia retail showrooms," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).  "The most aggressive new vehicle launch cycle in the auto industry will continue with the arrivals of the functional Forte 5-door later this month and the highly anticipated all-new 2011 Optima midsize sedan in November."

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 700 dealers throughout the United States. For 2009, KMA recorded its 15th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline "The Power to Surprise."

Kia Motors America is the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site – www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com


MONTH OF SEPTEMBER


YEAR-TO-DATE

Model

2010

2009


2010

2009

Rio

1,638

2,811


20,891

23,234

Spectra

6

462


265

46,694

Forte

5,116

4,449


51,728

12,396

Optima

2,024

5,986


21,222

30,830

Amanti

14

47


240

3,556

Sportage

391

1,938


11,566

38,896

MY'11 Sportage

2,497

n/a


5,221

n/a

Sorento

3

854


776

18,513

MY'11 Sorento

10,112

n/a


78,174

n/a

Sedona

1,706

1,297


17,217

23,717

Rondo

111

653


3,387

11,731

Borrego

1,107

667


8,313

4,766

Soul

5,346

2,459


49,024

24,237







Total

30,071

21,623


268,024

238,570



SOURCE Kia Motors America



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