Kia Motors America Announces November Sales

Sales Up 18.3 Percent Month Over Month and 7.8 Percent Year to Date

Dec 01, 2009, 13:42 ET from Kia Motors America

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced November sales of 17,955 units, an 18.3-percent increase over the same month last year. Year to date sales totaled 279,015, a 7.8-percent increase over the same period last year. KMA's growing lineup of distinctly styled new vehicles - including Soul, Forte and Forte Koup - accounted for 36 percent of the monthly sales volume, a five-percent increase over the previous month. Overall, small car sales delivered more than 55 percent of November volume.

Kia Motors is in the midst of a dramatic, design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important segments at exactly the right time contributing to the brand's continued gains in U.S. market share. The upcoming launch of the all-new 2011 Sorento CUV, the official vehicle of the NBA and the first vehicle to be built at the company's first U.S.-based manufacturing facilities in West Point, Georgia, will further enhance the lineup.

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 650 dealers throughout the United States. For 2008, KMA recorded its 14th 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 - For media information, including photography, visit

                                    MONTH OF NOVEMBER    YEAR-TO-DATE
                                    -----------------   --------------
Model                               2009      2008      2009     2008
Rio                                3,496     2,127     30,73    34,747
Spectra                               89     3,565    47,049    65,745
Forte                              4,044       n/a    21,425       n/a
Optima                             1,644     1,044    35,549    43,494
Amanti                                35       415     3,642     3,420
Sportage                           1,340     1,348    41,382    30,572
Sorento                            1,657     2,875    21,324    26,612
Sedona                             1,895     2,223    26,625    24,944
Rondo                                425     1,395    12,970    27,589
Borrego                              825       190     9,510     1,630
Soul                               2,505       n/a    28,805       n/a

Total                             17,955    15,182   279,015   258,753

SOURCE Kia Motors America