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USA: Kia Announces Record High Sales In 2012
Kia Motors America -KMA recently announced that they had passed their best ever total for full year sales after just 11 months, but now the final numbers are in.
The new record sales number, set during 2012, came in at 557,599 (including 39,178 in December) units, which is a 14.9% increase over 2011.
The incredible growth of Kia in the US during the past five years has helped the company achieve 18 straight years of increased market share.
The sales leader for KMA continued to be the US-built Optima, which moved 12,008 units in December alone. That number helped make the Optima the first vehicle in the Kia lineup to crack the 150,000 annual sales mark.
When you add the Sorento CUV – another vehicle built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) – US-built vehicles accounted for more than 40% of the units sold during last year’s record-breaking sales run.
Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG, said that 2012 was a banner year for the company, as they hit a number of major markers, including surpassing 500,000 units for the first time, chalking up 18 straight years of market share increases, and selling the four millionth Kia vehicle in the US.
He went on to say that the company was committed to delivering new levels of design, sophistication, premium amenities, and cutting-edge technology, all at an affordable price.
Those improvements will be seen in every new Kia model, including the seven all-new or redesigned vehicles that will be released 2013.