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Kia Motors America Announces January Sales

Sedona Leads Way and Predicts Another Strong Sales Year for Kia

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America (KMA) today

announced its second best January sales ever of 18,110 units, a 5.6-percent

increase over the same period in 2005. The Sedona minivan was the leading

seller at 5,484 units, a 42-percent increase over the previous month,

receiving a boost in momentum from the recent, media-lauded launch of the

all-new 2006 model. Both the Kia Sportage and Kia Spectra were strong

sellers, with 3,211 and 2,803 units sold respectively.

"Fresh on the heels of a record twelfth consecutive year of sales

increases, we've begun 2006 with a bang and our second best January ever,"

said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of KMA. "And we plan to

increase our brand momentum with the launch of six new products throughout the

year, offering customers even more standard fun, safety and value than ever

before."

Kia Motors America is the sales, marketing and distribution arm of Kia

Motors Corp. in Seoul, South Korea. For more information, including

photography, visit http://www.kiamedia.com.

              MONTH OF JANUARY                   YEAR-TO-DATE
    Model       2006     2005                    2006     2005
    Optima      1,266    3,637                   1,266    3,637
    Rio         1,993    2,261                   1,993    2,261
    Sedona      5,484    2,506                   5,484    2,506
    Spectra     2,803    2,995                   2,803    2,995
    Sportage    3,211       27                   3,211       27
    Sorento     2,746    3,380                   2,746    3,380
    Amanti        607    2,348                     607    2,348

    Total      18,110   17,154                  18,110   17,154

Link: http://prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?A...04272770&EDATE=

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