Kia Canada Inc. rides with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal as the official automotive partner for a second year

MONTRÉAL, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Kia Motors, a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart, revealed today that the partnership with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal was renewed for a second year. Along with the cyclists, Kia Canada Inc. will be taking over the streets of Quebec City and Montreal by providing over 80 vehicles that will take an active role in the race to support this upcoming, world class event.

"Kia Canada Inc. is proud to be the exclusive automotive partner, for a second year, on the only North American stop of the UCI WorldTour" said Maria Soklis, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Kia Canada Inc. "Last year's partnership success underscores the energy and passion that characterize the spirit of this event."

As an Official Automotive Partner of the 2011 UCI WorldTour events of Québec and Montréal, Kia is supplying official vehicles from its wide-ranging model line-up to all 18 ProTeams and four UCI Pro Continental Teams invited to the event. Kia's implication will also assist with event logistics, media, and VIP transportation. The Kia fleet is comprised of 82 vehicles that include a selection from its model line-up including; the Forte sedan, Soul urban crossover vehicle, Rondo urban utility vehicle and Sedona minivan.

For 2011, there are 27 road races bearing the official UCI WorldTour label. Teams that have been awarded the ProTeam label are required to compete in each event. There are two in North America: the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. These two events on the UCI WorldTour Circuit bring the world's cycling elite along with their support staff to Quebec City on September 9, 2011 and Montreal on September 11, 2011 - more than 400 people in all. This stop on the WorldTour Circuit in Quebec City and Montreal will contribute to promoting the globalization of road cycling.

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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 172 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:
Patrick Saint-Pierre
Public Relations Manager
(O): 905.755.6358
(C): 647.462.8986
e-mail: psaintpierre@kia.ca

Cathy Laroche
Assistant Public Relations Manager
(C): 819.350.3463
e-mail: claroche@kia.ca


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