Kia Motors America Posts Record January Sales

                Kia Motors America Posts Record January Sales

Optima and Sorento Top Monthly Sales for the Sixth Straight Month

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today
reported an all-time record January with 36,302 vehicles sold, a 2.2-percent
increase over the same period in 2012. The U.S.-built* Optima midsize sedan
and Sorento CUV continued to lead sales for the brand with 11,252 and 8,005
units sold respectively, sustaining the company's momentum at the beginning of
a new year that will see the arrival of several all-new or significantly
redesigned vehicles. 

"January's record performance comes on the heels of the historic sales
milestones Kia achieved in 2012 and signals the beginning of an aggressive
launch cadence that will deliver a collection of new cars and CUVs, fulfilling
our promise to advance value to new levels of sophistication," said Byung Mo
Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.
"Customers continue to flock to our showrooms in search of vehicles that
represent a smart buy with world-class style, modern amenities and
cutting-edge technologies."

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in
each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000
unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs,
Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining
European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter
Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable
pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined
the exclusive ranks ofInterbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is
poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned
vehicles expected to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia
Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the
company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors
Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than
11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima
andSorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid
growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the
Soul urban passenger vehicle,Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte
sedan, 5-door andKoup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the
Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America 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 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the
18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will
continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value,
advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available
at its website – www.kia.com. For media information, including photography,
visit www.kiamedia.com.

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI
Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

                        MONTH OF JANUARY  YEAR-TO-DATE
Model                   2013     2012     2013   2012
Rio 2,470    2,596    2,470  2,596
Forte                   4,408    4,417    4,408  4,417
Optima                  11,252   8,814    11,252 8,814
Sportage                2,422    2,835    2,422  2,835
Sorento 8,005    7,322    8,005  7,322
Sedona                  363      1,442    363    1,442
Soul                    7,382    8,091    7,382  8,091
Total                   36,302   35,517   36,302 35,517

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Website: http://www.kia.com
Contact: Scott McKee, +1-949-468-4813, smckee@kiausa.com; or Amy Corsinita,
Zeno Group for Kia Motors America, +1-949-468-4818,
amy.corsinita@zenogroup.com
 
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