02/02/10 ID: 3674

All-New 2011 Kia Sorento CUV Arrives in Showrooms; Records Strong First Month

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2010 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced January sales of 22,123 units, highlighted by a strong first-month performance of the brand’s first U.S.-built1 vehicle – the all-new 2011 Sorento CUV – which arrived in showrooms on January 4 and was the brand’s best-selling vehicle for the month with 7,398 units sold. January sales represent a 0.1-percent increase over the same period in 2009.

“The all-new Sorento’s tremendous early performance is a clear indication that its combination of ‘just right’ size, design, modern technology and interior features and packaging resonates with consumers,” said B.M. Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG). “The Kia brand is rapidly evolving thanks to innovative designs, and the arrival of the first vehicle from our plant in West Point, Georgia is a significant milestone as we continue to expand our line of vehicles while following the Kia brand tenets of value, quality, safety and technology.”

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 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 and is now arriving in dealerships.

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 670 dealers throughout the United States. For 2009, KMA recorded its 15th 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

Model 2010 2009 2010 2009
Rio 2,398 1,656 2,398 1,656
Spectra 47 5,810 47 5,810
Forte 3,732 n/a 3,730 n/a
Optima 3,162 2,198 3,162 2,198
Amanti 28 183 28 183
Sportage 762 4,129 762 4,129
Sorento 473 3,621 473 3,621
MY'11 Sorento 7,398 n/a 7,398 n/a
Sedona 928 2,570 928 2,570
Rondo 356 1,657 356 1,657
Borrego 694 272 694 272
Soul 2,145 n/a 2,147 n/a
Total 22,123 22,096 22,123 22,096

1 KMMG vehicles are built with U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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