Kia Canada Inc. reports best-ever month exceeding 6000 vehicles sold for the first time in its eleven year history while continuing industry-best sales streak to 28 months.

  • Best month on record with 6777 total sales reported and a 34 per cent increase versus 2010
  • Record sales continue including a 28 per cent year-to-date increase versus 2010
  • All Kia Canada Regions in Canada experience record April
  • Industry-best sales streak continues at 28 months 

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 3 /CNW/ - Kia Canada Inc. recorded its best ever month in April shattering the 6000 sales mark for the first time in its eleven year history with 6777 vehicles sold sustaining a 34 per cent growth versus previous year. Kia Canada continues to lead the market in 2011 with the largest percentage increase of 28 per cent year-to-date when measuring top ten volume manufacturers in Canada including outpacing industry results. Growth continues to be consistent across the country with four straight months that Kia Canada has sustained increased record growth in all four regions of the country. These strong sales results have also contributed to the industry-best sales streak of 28 consecutive months.

"It is quite evident that Canadians continue to embrace our world-class design, technology and safety while appreciating the benefit of our fuel efficient vehicle line-up" said Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Kia Canada Inc. "The result is an all-time record month exceeding 6000 sales in April for the first time with three vehicle lines contributing with over 1000 sales each for the first time."

The Kia Forte line-up including the sedan, 5-Door and Koup was the volume leader in April with 1745 vehicles reported sustaining a 35.7 per cent increase. The Georgia built 2011 Kia Sorento Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) continues to provide significant volume with 1273 vehicles reported nationally charting a 31 per cent increase in comparison to April 2010. The Kia Soul, Urban Utility Vehicle reporting 1128 units or a 41.7 per cent increase versus previous year.

"The Kia brand is currently in the second year of an aggressive design-led transformation and recent additions including the all-new 2011 Optima mid-size sedan and later in the year with the all-new 2012 Kia Rio subcompact will continue to drive demand with both our customers and conquest brands in 2011." said Robert Staffieri, Director of Marketing Kia Canada Inc. "Award winning vehicles like the Optima and others including IIHS top safety picks and five star crash ratings have proven to be a winning formula along with design for Canadians."

The month of April also featured the debut of the all-new 2012 Kia Rio sedan and 2012 Kia Soul urban utility vehicle at the New York International Auto Show. Additionally, the all-new 2012 Kia Rio 5-door made its North American debut. The fourth generation Rio continues the design-led product offensive with a revolutionary re-design noting both style and premium presence in the compact car segment. Both variations of the Rio and Soul feature impressive Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology that offers more power, increased fuel efficiency resulting in less emissions. It was also revealed that the 2012 Optima will be manufactured at the Kia Motors Manufacturing facility $1 billion automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in West Point Georgia. The Optima mid-size sedan will be built along with the Sorento CUV for North American demand.

May Incentives

Kia Canada continues its retail incentive program "Dare to Compare" sales event for May. All key offers including 0% financing on all 2011 models plus "Don't Pay for 90 Days" on select models will also continue through the month of May. Additionally, cash incentives up to $6000 are also available on the current line-up. These options make it easier to acquire a new Kia vehicle. Cash buyers can also select up to seven vehicles from Kia Canada's line-up for under $20,000

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte and Sorento through a network of 171 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 141 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia Motors Corporation continues to showcase the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.

SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.

For further information:

Kia Canada Inc. Media Contacts:
Jack Sulymka
National Marketing Manager 
(O): 905.755.6266
(C): 905.301.6207
e-mail: jsulymka@kia.ca

Cathy Laroche
PR and Marketing Coordinator
(C): 819.350.3463
e-mail: claroche@kia.ca


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