Kia Has Best Sales Month Ever; Rio, Optima Also Set Sales Records

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kia Motors America

    IRVINE, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- With sales of 19,159 units in
 March, Kia recorded its best sales month ever, outpacing March 2000 sales by
 51 percent.  Kia's year-to-date sales of 44,337 units are up 27 percent from
 last year.
     Among individual models, both the Rio subcompact sedan and Optima midsize
 sedan set monthly sales records.  Rio sales totaled 5,162 and Optima sales
 totaled 2,125.  The top-selling Kia model in March was the Sephia compact
 sedan with sales of 5,871.
     Kia Motors America is the U.S. sales, marketing and service arm of Kia
 Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea.
 
 
                             MONTH OF MARCH             YEAR-TO-DATE
     Model                  2001        2000         2001         2000
 
     Optima                2,125         n/a        5,038          n/a
     Rio                   5,162         n/a       12,234          n/a
     Sephia                5,871       7,178       12,568       18,572
     Spectra               1,864         n/a        4,963          n/a
     Sportage              3,887       5,156        8,952       12,777
     Sportage 2-Door
      Convertible            250         395          582          915
 
     Total                19,159      12,729       44,337       32,264
 
 
 

SOURCE Kia Motors America
    IRVINE, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- With sales of 19,159 units in
 March, Kia recorded its best sales month ever, outpacing March 2000 sales by
 51 percent.  Kia's year-to-date sales of 44,337 units are up 27 percent from
 last year.
     Among individual models, both the Rio subcompact sedan and Optima midsize
 sedan set monthly sales records.  Rio sales totaled 5,162 and Optima sales
 totaled 2,125.  The top-selling Kia model in March was the Sephia compact
 sedan with sales of 5,871.
     Kia Motors America is the U.S. sales, marketing and service arm of Kia
 Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea.
 
 
                             MONTH OF MARCH             YEAR-TO-DATE
     Model                  2001        2000         2001         2000
 
     Optima                2,125         n/a        5,038          n/a
     Rio                   5,162         n/a       12,234          n/a
     Sephia                5,871       7,178       12,568       18,572
     Spectra               1,864         n/a        4,963          n/a
     Sportage              3,887       5,156        8,952       12,777
     Sportage 2-Door
      Convertible            250         395          582          915
 
     Total                19,159      12,729       44,337       32,264
 
 
 SOURCE  Kia Motors America