Kia Motors America Posts Record August Sales Cadenza Premium Sedan Tops 1,500 Units for Second Consecutive Month; Optima, Sorento and Soul Lead Sales

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today reported best-ever August sales of 52,025 units, a 4-percent increase over the same period in 2012.  Sales of the all-new 2014 Cadenza continue to climb, exceeding the 1,500 unit mark for the second month in a row, while the U.S.-built* Optima logged its 21st straight month as Kia's top seller with 15,199 units sold.  August also marked the debut of the "Totally Transformed" marketing campaign for the all-new 2014 Soul, which will soon be arriving in showrooms.  

"Our award-winning products deliver on Kia's promise to combine world-class design with cutting-edge technologies and premium amenities, and with the all-new Soul scheduled to arrive in showrooms soon, our sales momentum is poised to continue through the end of the year," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.  "Exemplified by the redesigned Sorento and all-new Cadenza and Forte sedans, Kia's product offerings are more refined than ever, bringing a new level of sophistication to buyers seeking more features and options at affordable prices."

Kia:  One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time.  With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry.  Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013.  Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and supplier jobs.  The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the Cadenza flagship sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, Forte5, and Forte Koup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America 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 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA.  In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year.  Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

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MONTH OF AUGUST

YEAR-TO-DATE

Model

2013

2012

2013

2012

Rio

3,862

3,602

30,543

29,644

Forte

6,469

7,300

48,097

54,316

Optima

15,199

13,949

112,409

100,424

Cadenza

1,677

n/a

4,832

n/a

Sportage

3,140

3,097

21,037

27,285

Sorento

10,568

10,529

73,531

78,098

Sedona

1,093

1,360

4,723

13,153

Soul

10,017

10,191

83,208

83,889

Total

52,025

50,028

378,380

386,809

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts. 

SOURCE Kia Motors America



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