2013 Kia Sportage Given "Best Bet" Distinction By The Car Book

        2013 Kia Sportage Given "Best Bet" Distinction By The Car Book

Powerful and Stylish Sportage Awarded for Top-Level Safety and Outstanding
Performance

- "Best Bet" distinction adds to the Sportage's long list of accolades

- The 2013 Sportage combines head-turning design, impressive power and a
variety of convenience features

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With its impressive list of
safety features, dynamic styling and advanced technology, the 2013 Sportage
has been named a "Best Bet" by The Car Book 2013.

"We are very proud to have the 2013 Sportage recognized as a "Best Bet" by The
Car Book," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing and
communications, KMA. "As Kia's longest running nameplate, the Sportage offers
sleek styling, modern amenities and fun-to-drive performance in a capable
compact CUV."

The "Best Bet" distinction is based on objective information collected from
government and independent sources that evaluate the safety and performance
needs of the American consumer. Cars that have ratings in all of the key Car
Book categories – safety features, fuel economy, rollover, front and side
crash tests, maintenance and repair costs, warranties, insurance costs, and
complaints, with the greatest emphasis placed on crash test performance – are
potentially titled as "Best Bets."

The Car Book is an annually updated guide to buying a new car, van, truck or
SUV. It's the one-stop shop for the latest safety ratings, dealer prices,
insurance premiums, maintenance costs, tires and is published in cooperation
with the Center for Auto Safety, the nation's leading auto safety advocacy
group.

"The Car Book, the consumer's best guide to smart and sensible car buying,
analyzes multiple new cars each year and selects the top picks for the
American car buyer," said Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book. "We appreciate
Kia's commitment to deliver high-value market choices for the American car
buyer."

About the 2013 Sportage

The 2013 Kia Sportage offers value-, image- and safety-conscious consumers a
striking design and a standout combination of fun-to-drive performance, the
latest in-vehicle technologies, and an abundance of comfort, convenience and
safety features all at a tremendous value. The sleek and modern Sportage is
available with either a 2.4-liter, 176 horsepower engine or a 2.0-liter, 260
horsepower Turbo GDI engine. Inside the cabin, the Sportage offers a host of
available technology features, including Kia's new UVO Powered by Microsoft^®
[1] hands-free, voice-activated infotainment system. The 2013 Sportage
features a starting MSRP of $19,000[2].

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 scheduled 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.

*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.

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.

[1] Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United
States and/or other countries.

[2] Starting prices are manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), which
excludes $800 destination and handling fee, title, taxes, license, options and
dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Website: http://www.kia.com
Contact: Scott McKee, +1-949-468-4813, smckee@kiausa.com; James Hope, Kia
Motors America, +1-949-468-1875, jhope@kiausa.com
 
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