Kia Canada achieves 7.8% increased sales for 2008



    - Fifth consecutive year of growth

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - Kia Canada Inc. (KCI) announces its sales
performance for the year 2008 with total sales of 37,520 vehicles, a 7.8%
increase over 2007 year sales. Although challenged by difficult economic
conditions during the latter half of the year, this is the fifth straight year
of growth that Kia has reported. Additionally, Kia Canada increased its market
share in 2008 to 2.3%, an increase of .2% over 2007.
    Higher fuel prices contributed to increased sales for the compact and
fuel efficient Rio, achieving 34.6% increase in sales over 2007 volume, and a
42.6% increase for the month of December. Also showing strong growth in 2008
was the popular Rondo urban utility vehicle, achieving a 29% increase over
2007 sales, and the Sedona minivan achieved an increase of 14% in sales for
the year as well.

    
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                                          DECEMBER            YEAR TO DATE
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                                       2008       2007       2008       2007

    Rio                                 509        357      9,742      7,236
    Spectra                             178        339      5,030      6,602
    Magentis                             67         66      1,975      2,021
    Rondo                               406        621      9,906      7,682
    Amanti                                6          8        158        142
    Sportage                            317        292      5,509      6,393
    Sorento                              27         94      1,398      1,573
    Sedona                               76        101      3,615      3,171
    Borrego                              56        N/A        187        N/A

                                      1,642      1,878     37,520     34,820
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    Kia Canada Inc. (http://www.kia.ca) - is a subsidiary of Kia Motors
Corporation (KMC) in Korea. Founded in Canada in 1999, Kia Canada Inc. sells
and services high quality class leading vehicles like the Rondo and Spectra
through a network of 151 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs
approximately 120 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four
regional offices across Canada.





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For further information: Kia Motors Media Contact: Sixto Fernandez,
Public Relations Manager, e-mail: sfernandez@kia.ca

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