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November 27, 2015 1:54 AM ET


Company Overview of Kia Motors America, Inc.

Company Overview

Kia Motors America, Inc. designs, markets, and sells automobiles. The company’s inventory includes new and pre-owned cars and crossover utility vehicles, urban passenger vehicles, sedans, and minivans. It serves customers through dealers in the United States. The company was incorporated in 1992 and is based in Irvine, California. Kia Motors America, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corp.

111 Peters Canyon Road

Irvine, CA 92606

United States

Founded in 1992





Key Executives for Kia Motors America, Inc.

Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Chief Executive Officer of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia
Director of Regional Operations
Chief Designer
Senior Vice President of HR & Administration
Executive Vice President of Human Resources/Administration, Legal and Diversity Relations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Kia Motors America, Inc. Key Developments

Kia Motors America Unveils All-New 2017 Sportage at Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia Motors America unveiled the all-new 2017 Sportage at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  The fourth-generation Sportage, KMA's longest-running nameplate, wraps stunning contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than before.  Advanced driver assistance technologies, significant suspension and steering improvements, and available intelligent AWD vastly improve the Sportage's driving dynamics while premium materials and world-class craftsmanship create a class-up experience in an otherwise utilitarian segment. The all-new Sportage's roomier, more luxurious cabin features an impressive level of craftsmanship, with high-quality, soft-touch materials and a range of technologies improving overall comfort, convenience, and connectivity.  Updates to the drivetrain provide enhanced efficiency and performance, while changes to the suspension deliver better ride and handling. Like the outgoing model, the all-new Sportage will be built at Kia's production facility in Gwangju, Korea, and be available in three distinct trim levels (LX, EX, SX Turbo) when it goes on sale next year.  Pricing will be announced closer to the Sportage's on-sale date. Designed under the direction of Kia's president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, the 2017 Sportage's exterior juxtaposes smooth curves with sharp creases.  Although every body panel is new, the 'face' of the new Sportage features the most significant change over the outgoing model. Kia's hallmark 'tiger-nose' grille resides vertically in the front fascia while the headlights are positioned higher, sweeping back along the outer edges of the sharply detailed hood. A lower, wider front clip – enlarged to provide greater engine cooling – adds visual volume to the lower half of the Sportage's face, resulting in a planted and aggressive stance, though it keeps the same overall width, 73.0 inches, as its predecessor. The wheelbase has been stretched 1.2 inches (now 105.1 inches), while overall length has increased 1.6 inches to 176.4 inches.

Kia Motors America Announces Sales Results for the Month and Year to Date Ended October 2015

Kia Motors America announced sales results for the month and year to date ended October 2015. For the month, the company recorded sales of 50,044 vehicles, a 12% 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. For the year to date, sales were 526,024 vehicles against 489,711 vehicles a year ago.

Kia Motors America Announces Pricing of 2016 Optima

Kia Motors America (KMA) announced pricing of the newest version of its hugely popular midsize sedan, the Optima. Offered in five trim levels - LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and SXL, the all-new 2016 Optima is priced aggressively with a starting MSRP of just $21,840 for the LX with a 2.4-liter engine The 2016 Optima comes well equipped with a generous roster of standard features including, six-way adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar, six-way adjustable front passenger's seat with height adjuster, a Rear Camera Display viewed through the standard five-inch touchscreen on LX, LX 1.6T, and EX, and an eight-inch touchscreen premium navigation system on SX and SXL, Bluetooth hands-free operation, driver's knee airbag, keyless entry system and a standard pushbutton start on LX1.6T, EX, SX and SXL. The Optima is offered with standard YES Essentials fabric technology to provide anti-microbial protection from spills, anti-static protection from irritating electrical shocks, as well as stain-repelling and stain-releasing fabric characteristics. For those searching for a fun-to-drive sedan with optimum fuel economy, the LX 1.6T, starting at $23,990, is offered with a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's mated to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which is a first for the Kia brand. The LX Convenience Package ($1,850) includes Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS). Among other features, the LX Turbo Technology Package ($2,600) includes navigation, Sirius XM Traffic6 and rear LED taillights, USB chargers for both front and rear seat passengers. The Optima EX, starting at $24,890, is offered exclusively with the 2.4-liter engine and includes dual projection headlights with LED positioning lights, LED tail lights and power folding heated outside mirrors. Premium standard EX features include a 12-way adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support and two-position integrated memory system, heated steering wheel and leather-trimmed heated front seats. The EX Premium Audio Package ($1,200) includes a Kia first-ever available Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound Audio System7, which includes 10 speakers, Clari-Fi technology and an upgraded 630-watt digital amplifier. Adding to the EX trim, the Optima SX priced at $29,690 and Optima SXL priced at $35,790 both come standard with a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine. Available for the first time on any Kia vehicle are Bi-Xenon HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lamps (DBL) and SXL adds intuitive High Beam Assist (HBA), which recognizes oncoming traffic and automatically switches the lights to low beam until the opposing vehicle has passed. The SX Launch Edition package ($2,700) includes exclusive features such as unique 18-inch alloy wheels, merlot leather seating and premium tricot black headliner and roof pillars, and popular features such as Panoramic Sunroof, and the Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound Audio System. The SX Technology Package ($4,800) includes Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Front Collision Warning System (FCWS), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which, under appropriate conditions, will bring the vehicle to a complete stop to potentially avoid a collision or reduce damage. In addition to the advanced driver assistance features, the SXL adds as standard equipment quilted Nappa leather-trimmed seats, a wireless charging system for devices such as smartphones, and silver perforated stitching on the instrument panel and front door trim.

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