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Kia Motors America Announces Best June and Best Quarter Ever
July 1 /PRNewswire/
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IRVINE, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today
announced its best June ever with record sales of 28,292 units, an increase
of 7.6 percent over the same period last year, and year-to-date sales of
157,619 units, an increase of 2.1 percent over the same period last year.
For the just completed quarter, the company reported sales of 89,405 units.

Kia's June record sales were led by Spectra and Optima, with 7,131 and
6,865 units sold respectively. Small car Rio and family vacation favorite
Sedona also had strong sales with 3,337 units and 3,719 units respectively,
both increases over the same period last year.

"As the economy continues to fluctuate, consumers are turning to
vehicles that are known for value and quality," said Byung Mo Ahn, group
president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG).
"Thanks to a strong marketing plan and the hard work of the Kia dealer
network, Kia continues to have success during this difficult economic

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the sales, marketing and distribution arm
of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a
complete line of vehicles through more than 640 dealers throughout the
United States. For 2007, KMA recorded its 14th consecutive year of record
U.S. sales. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value,
high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on
producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline
"The Power to Surprise."

Kia Motors America is the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA."
Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is
available at its Web site -- http://www.kia.com. For media information,
including photography, visit http://www.kiamedia.com.

    Model        2008      2007             2008          2007
    Rio          3,337     3,173           20,961        16,240
    Spectra      7,131     6,946           42,957        37,154
    Optima       6,865     3,106           28,808        20,781
    Amanti       1,117       326            2,090         4,340
    Sportage     2,001     4,069           19,252        24,157
    Sorento      1,950     2,466           11,257        18,539
    Sedona       3,719     2,063           16,320        23,185
    Rondo        2,172     4,139           15,974         9,996

    Total       28,292    26,288          157,619       154,392

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To put this "gain" into perspective, Ford debuted with almost as many Flexes and Chrysler with almost as many Challengers as Kia increased over June 2007. A 2000-unit increase is paltry, especially when 2/3 of your lineup are small vehicles that should be on fire with $4 gas.

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