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08/01/14 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES RECORD JULY SALES

Coming off the best first half sales performance in company history, Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced record July sales of 52,309 units, a 6.7 percent increase over the same period last year. After launching seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles in 2013, Kia’s year-to-date sales are up 7.2 percent, and the brand’s aggressive new product cadence will continue this quarter with the scheduled launches of the all-new Sedona and Soul EV. Since arriving in 2009, U.S. sales of the iconic Soul have exceeded the 500,000 unit mark, and the wildly popular urban passenger vehicle recently topped the Compact MPV segment in the J.D. Power APEAL Study for the third straight year.
Kia Motors America|Sales|Models

07/29/14 - 2014 KIA SOUL RECEIVES J.D. POWER APEAL AWARD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Coming off its best-ever first-half sales performance in company history, the fun and funky 2014 Soul has received the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) award for the third straight year in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment. All new for the 2014 model year, the Soul sold an individual nameplate record 74,999 units in the first half of 2014.
Awards|Kia Motors America|Models|2014 Soul

07/01/14 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES BEST FIRST-HALF SALES PERFORMANCE IN COMPANY HISTORY

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 Motors America|Sales

06/30/14 - KIA MOTORS BECOMES OFFICIAL AUTOMOTIVE PARTNER OF SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Patrons visiting Segerstrom Center for the Arts will experience a new side of luxury as Kia Motors America (KMA) proudly introduces the all-new K900 rear drive luxury sedan in collaboration with the Center, which presents a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of national Broadway tours, music, dance, jazz, cabaret, family entertainment, special events and many free public performances to the people of Southern California on multiple stages. As Official Automotive Partner, Kia has built three custom K900 displays that will reside on Segerstrom Center for the Art’s campus. Kia also will provide a complimentary vehicle to aid in transporting teaching artists and the Center’s community education staff to events throughout the year. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is the largest provider of arts education programs on the West Coast, touching the lives of nearly 320,000 young people and families each year.
Kia Motors America|Partnerships|Models|2015 K900

06/18/14 - KIA RANKS SIXTH AMONG AUTOMAKERS IN 2014 J.D. POWER INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

J.D. Power 2014 Initial Quality Study (IQS) has ranked the Kia Sportage and Kia Cadenza as leaders in the Small SUV and Large Car segments, respectively. Furthermore, Kia has moved up four positions over last year’s IQS ranking and now stands at number six (in a tie) in the automotive industry for initial quality out of a field of 32 car brands. The 2014 Sportage ranked first (in a tie) in the Small SUV segment for the second consecutive year, and the Cadenza ranked highest in the prestigious Large Car category, recognized by IQS for its first U.S. model year.
Awards|Kia Motors America|Quality

06/03/14 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES LARGEST MONTHLY SALES TOTAL IN COMPANY HISTORY

Kia Motors America (KMA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the U.S., and the brand’s momentum reached historic new heights in May with an all-time best monthly sales total of 60,087, a 14.8-percent increase over the same period in 2013 and the first time KMA has achieved more than 60,000 sales in a single month. Kia’s unsurpassed May performance was driven by record demand for the U.S.-built* Optima midsize sedan, which set an all-time single-month record for Kia of 16,843 units, while the iconic Soul delivered the best performance in its five-year history with 15,606 vehicles sold.
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05/01/14 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES RECORD APRIL SALES; SELLS FIVE MILLIONTH VEHICLE IN THE U.S.

With Kia Motors America (KMA) celebrating its 20th anniversary, the company’s first-quarter momentum continued into April with record sales of 53,676 vehicles, a 12.9-percent increase over the same month in 2013. Record monthly sales were led by the U.S.-built* Optima midsize sedan with 14,589 units sold, while the Soul urban passenger vehicle achieved an all-time single-month sales record of 14,403 units sold. In addition, Kia marked the sale of its five millionth vehicle in the U.S. in April and entered into the top 10 among mass-market brands in J.D. Power’s latest Customer Service Index (CSI) Survey.
Kia Motors America|Sales|Models

02/06/14 - SOUL EV LIGHTS UP 2014 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Set to the sounds of soulful electrified blues music, Kia Motors America (KMA) today hosted the global unveiling of the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first all-electric, zero-emissions car sold in the U.S. and expands the brand’s line of environmentally conscious vehicles. The Soul EV joined the refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid on stage along with the Niro hybrid concept, illustrating Kia’s intent to lead the industry in providing technologically advanced vehicles that also reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources. Kia’s eco-friendly commitment was further underscored when Underwriters Laboratory (UL) honored the Soul EV with the organization’s first automotive environmental validation for its integration of more than 20 bio-friendly materials.
Auto Shows|Events|Kia Motors America|Models|2015 Soul EV

02/03/14 - Kia Soul EV earns world automotive industry’s first UL Environment Validation for Bio-based Organic Carbon Content

Kia Motors Corporation has announced that the company’s new Soul EV (electric vehicle), which will have its world premiere at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show starting later this week, has achieved UL Environment validation for bio-based organic carbon content for 10% of its interior materials. UL Environment is the environmental business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global independent safety science company.
Environment|Kia Motors Corporation|2015 Soul EV

01/03/14 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES SECOND BEST FULL-YEAR SALES IN COMPANY HISTORY

Kia Motors America (KMA) today reported the company’s second-best annual sales in 2013 of 535,179 vehicles following the delivery of seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles over the course of the year. For the second straight year the U.S.-built* Optima was KMA’s best-seller and December’s total of 33,631 units helped the midsize sedan set an all-time single nameplate annual sales record for the brand at 155,893 vehicles. Since debuting in 2009, sales of the funky Soul urban passenger vehicle have increased each year and that trend continued with Kia’s iconic people mover surpassing the 118,000 unit mark following the arrival of the all-new, second generation vehicle in the fourth quarter.
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