Forte, Optima and Soul Models Pass the 100,000 Unit Mark for the Second Consecutive Year

IRVINE, Calif., January 3, 2018 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced December sales of 43,039 vehicles. Kia’s 2017 sales total of 589,668 units featured several standout performances, including:

  • The expansion of Kia’s EcoDynamics footprint with 27,237 Niro hybrid vehicles sold in less than 12 full months in showrooms, making Niro the third best-selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S.1
  • Best-ever annual sales for the Forte family of compact cars
  • A 52.9-percent increase in sales of the Cadenza premium sedan to the highest annual total since arriving in the U.S. in 2013
  • Three nameplates – Soul, Forte and Optima – surpassing the 100,000-unit mark for the second straight year

“2017 was an important year in the ongoing maturation of the Kia brand as we ranked number one in the entire industry in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study for the second consecutive year and saw two nameplates reach new sales heights,” said Justin Sohn, president and CEO, KMA. “With the highly anticipated Stinger now arriving in showrooms and a host of new and refreshed products scheduled to debut this year, including the all-new Niro PHEV, Kia will continue to strengthen its position as today’s world-class automaker.”

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand.   Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia.*

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

Model 2017 2016 2017 2016
Rio 1,618 1,269 16,760 28,700
Forte 7,922 7,560 117,596 103,292
Optima 7,081 12,572 107,493 124,203
Cadenza 896 428 7,249 4,738
K900 35 80 455 834
Niro 2,397 N/A 27,237 N/A
Sportage 5,585 6,207 72,824 81,066
Sorento 7,740 11,782 99,684 114,733
Sedona 1,329 2,028 23,815 44,264
Soul 7,610 12,427 115,712 145,768
Stinger 826 N/A 843 N/A
Total 43,039 54,353 589,668 647,598

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