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April 2011 Kia sales up 56 percent
Kia Sorento and Soul crossover help Kia Motors America to increase its April 2011 sales by 56,7 percent!
Kia Motors America announced its April 2011 sales soared 56,7 percent thanks to increased demand for its fuel-efficient compact cars and crossover vehicles. By the numbers, Kia sold 47.074 new vehicles last month, up from 30.036 a year earlier.
The 2011 Kia Sorento and Soul crossover vehicle were top performing vehicles in the automker’s US line-up with sales of 12.001 and 10.459 units, respectively. Kia Soul sales eclipsed the 10.000 unit mark for the second consecutive month, while Sorento crossover remained the best selling Kia vehicle in the United States.
The Forte family fared particularly well last month, posting an increase of 46 percent and its best sales performance this year (8.535 units sold).
The 2011 Kia Optima mid-size sedan was the fourth best-selling nameplate in Kia’s updated lineup, tallying 6.533 units sold to record its best month since its launch. Building on the success of the Optima sedan, Kia recently revealed the addition of 2012 Optima production at KMMG in Georgia.
Sales of highly-attractive Sportage crossover more than doubled from a year ago. Kia sold 4.738 units of 2011 Sportage crossovers.
“Demand for new Optima mid-size sedan has outpaced supply since its launch last year and with gas prices continuing to rise, the upcoming launch of our first-ever hybrid vehicle and new fuel-efficient 2012 Kia Rio compact couldn’t be coming at a better time,” commented Byung Mo Ahn, president and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.
April 2011 Kia sales by model: