Kia Motors America Announces Best First-Half Sales Performance In Company History Year-to-Date Sales of 297,413 Units Up 7.2 Percent Over 2013

IRVINE, Calif., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of its highest-ever J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) ranking – sixth among all automakers – Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced June sales of 50,644 units, contributing to the company's best-ever first-half performance with 297,413 vehicles sold thus far in 2014.  With Kia's year-to-date sales up 7.2 percent, the brand's aggressive new product cadence continues in the third quarter with the scheduled launches of the all-new Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle and Soul EV.

"Kia is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the U.S. this year, and our record-setting first half is a testament to how far the brand has come in an extremely short period of time," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of sales and marketing, KMA.  "Over the last two decades, Kia has earned a reputation for delivering world-class design and cutting-edge technology as well as outstanding safety, quality and value across our entire range, from subcompact to luxury. With more exciting new products on the horizon, we are poised to continue our momentum into the second half of the year and beyond."

In addition to its climb in the IQS rankings – with Cadenza and Sportage topping their respective segments – Kia also moved up two positions on Interbrand's annual list of the Top 50 Global Green Brands, which was published in June and highlights the brand's commitment to providing clean mobility options for consumers.

*The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.  KMA proudly serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and surpassed the 500,000 annual sales mark for the second consecutive year in 2013 following the launch  of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles.   KMA offers a complete line of vehicles, including the flagship K900 rear-drive sedan[1], Cadenza premium sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle, through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States.  Kia's U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.

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MONTH OF JUNE

YEAR-TO-DATE

Model

2014

2013

2014

2013

Rio

3,257

4,169

19,966

23,660

Forte

5,846

6,620

37,951

34,351

Optima

13,866

14,599

82,813

83,458

Cadenza

1,035

1,001

5,415

1,528

K900

224

--

816

--

Sportage

3,590

2,405

19,956

15,374

Sorento

9,831

9,341

51,921

53,387

Sedona

673

1,114

3,576

2,562

Soul

12,322

11,287

74,999

63,031

Total

50,644

50,536

297,413

277,351

[1] 2015 K900 V8 available in select trims and in select markets with limited availability.

SOURCE Kia Motors America



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