Kia Motors America Receives California Excellence Award From Small Business Institute For Excellence In Commerce

 Kia Motors America Receives California Excellence Award From Small Business
                     Institute For Excellence In Commerce

Award Recognizes Kia's Commitment to Customers and Community

-SBIEC California Excellence Award recipients determined by panel of industry
executives and consultants

-Kia recognized for upholding business ethics and core company values

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., June 12, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Kia Motors America (KMA) is a
2013 recipient of the prestigious Small Business Institute for Excellence in
Commerce (SBIEC) California Excellence Award, which recognizes companies that
have enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through
service to their customers and community. A panel of industry executives and
consultants ultimately selected Kia amongst peers and competitors after
year-long industry research and business surveys.

The SBIEC California Excellence Award highlights businesses that enhance the
high-powered, consumer-driven character unique to California. Special
emphasis is given to companies that meet and exceed industry benchmarks for
product quality, customer service and ethical practices. SBIEC encourages
independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth with the goal of local and
international recognition for businesses of all sizes.

"Kia is dedicated to providing the best quality products and impeccable
service, and our customer-driven corporate culture is central to our core
values," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing &
communications, KMA. "We constantly strive to become a more respected
corporate citizen on both the local and international level. We believe Kia's
pursuit of this goal truly represents the spirit of the 2013 California
Excellence Award, and we are honored to be a recipient this year."

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 Cadenza flagship sedan, 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.

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SOURCE Kia Motors America

Contact: Amy Corsinita, Zeno Group for Kia Motors America, 949.468.4818,, Scott McKee, 949.468.4813,
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