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01 May 2013

Kia Motors Announces the Optima and Sorento, Both Built in Georgia, Made Up Nearly 50% of U.S. Sales in April

Kia Motors of America (KMA) reported their best sales ever for the month of April, and Georgians have a reason to be proud of these numbers.

Kia sold 47,556 cars in April. The Kia Optima and the Kia Sorento accounted for nearly fifty percent of those sales. Both automobiles are made in Georgia. For the year total, Kia sold 174,488 cars, of which 88,355 were either the Optima or the Sorento.

Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time. Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the United States, including the company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia --Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia-- which is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000 plant and supplier jobs.

The Georgia-built Optima and Sorento accounted for 82,022 of Kia's 185,610 total sales in 2012.