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11/20/15 - KIA OPTIMA AND SEDONA WIN HISPANIC MOTOR PRESS AWARDS®
On the heels of recent honors from Kelley Blue Book® and J.D. Power®, the 2016 Kia Optima and Sedona continue to accumulate awards and accolades with both being named amongst best cars of the year for Hispanic families by the Hispanic Motor Press Awards®. The all-new 2016 Kia Optima topped the Family Sedan category, while the 2016 Sedona was named the best minivan of the year.
|Auto Shows|Awards|Kia Motors America|
11/18/15 - Kia Classic Will Return to Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in March 2016
The seventh annual Kia Classic LPGA tournament returns to its home at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad, California from March 21-27, 2016.
|Kia Motors America|LPGA Partnership|Partnerships|Sponsorships|
11/03/15 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES BEST-EVER OCTOBER SALES
Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced best-ever October sales of 50,044 vehicles, a 12-percent increase over the same period last year. Led by the Optima and Soul with 14,381 and 12,246 units sold, respectively, October marked Kia’s sixth straight monthly sales record.
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08/28/15 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA AND HISPANIC ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ANNOUNCE SELECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Kia Motors America (KMA) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) today announced the recipients of 16 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each. HACU member colleges and universities in the U.S. are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. To be eligible for the scholarship, students needed to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled at one of the more than 400 national HACU member institutions.
|Kia Motors America|Partnerships|Philanthropy|
07/08/15 - KIA K900 SETS RECORD-HIGH SCORE IN AUTOPACIFIC VEHICLE SATISFACTION AWARDS
Four models from Kia Motors America (KMA) were recognized as segment winners of the 2015 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA), including the K900 luxury sedan, which ranked at the top of the Luxury Car category and won AutoPacific’s coveted President’s Award, given to the vehicle that achieves the highest-ever overall VSA score. This is only the third time this award has been given in the 19-year history of the VSAs. The other three Kia winners included the 2015 Cadenza, 2015 Soul (tie) and 2015 Sportage in the Large Car, Compact Car and Compact Crossover SUV categories, respectively, with the Soul scoring its second consecutive win. Kia had more category winners than any other brand and ranked third (tie) among all Popular non-premium automakers for overall brand score.
|Awards|Kia Motors America|2015 K900|2015 Sportage|2015 Soul|2015 Cadenza|
06/17/15 - KIA MOTORS EARNS BEST-EVER RANKING IN 2015 J.D. POWER INITIAL QUALITY STUDY
With more units in operation in the U.S. than ever before, Kia Motors reached another historic milestone today when J.D. Power recognized the brand as the second-highest scoring nameplate industry-wide in its 2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS). Kia’s IQS score improved by 20 points over its previous best-ever performance in 2014, vaulting the growing automaker up four positions to second overall among 33 automotive brands and highest among all mass-market nameplates.
|Awards|Kia Motors America|Quality|
03/25/15 - KIA MOTORS AMERICA EXPANDS SOUL EV AVAILABILITY TO FIVE ADDITIONAL STATES
Following the successful launch of the Soul EV late last year in California, Kia Motors America (KMA) is proud to announce it is expanding availability of its fullycharged urban runabout into five new states: Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Electric vehicle demand has been growing in these states, and consumers there have expressed a lot of interest in Soul EV. And with more than 1,8001 charging stations combined, the robust EV infrastructure within these markets makes battery-powered travel convenient and an increasingly appealing choice for consumers. Within each state, select Kia retailers will be certified to sell and service the Soul EV, and customers will have access to charging stations installed at these facilities. The Soul EV-authorized Kia dealership locations will be announced closer to the Soul EV’s on-sale date in the expansion states later this year. Additional markets are set to come online in 2016.
|Environment|Kia Motors America|2015 Soul EV|
10/09/14 - Kia Motors brand value skyrockets 480 percent since 2007
Kia Motors brand value skyrockets 480 percent since 2007
|Awards|Kia Motors Corporation|
10/09/14 - KIA MOTORS BRAND VALUE SKYROCKETS 480 PERCENT SINCE 2007
Since declaring design management as a core driver of the company’s future growth and the hiring of President & Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer in 2007, Kia Motors Corporation’s brand value has skyrocketed by 480% from US$929 million to US$5.4 billion, according to Interbrand’s exclusive list of 100 ‘Best Global Brands 2014’ which was released today. This rise in brand value far outpaces the average growth rate over the same period of all 11 other automakers on this year’s list.
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09/15/14 - KIA RACING WINS 2014 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kia Motors claimed the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Grand Touring Sport (GTS) and Touring Car A (TC-A) Manufacturer Championships at the series’ season finale this past weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. On the strength of five pole positions, five race wins and 13 podium finishes during the 16-race PWC season, Kia Racing and partner Kinetic Motorsports bested teams from Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Aston Martin and Nissan making Kia the first Korean brand to earn the coveted title of PWC Champion.
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