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By Jeff Hester December 14, 2011
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Brawl In The B Class: Kia Ready With 2012 Rio

By Paul Seredynski October 24, 2011

A consensus seems to be forming that the 2012 Kia Rio is a handsome car, particularly for a subcompact. Sharp styling can’t hurt as the new Rio enters a U.S. B-class segment suddenly chock full of major-league talent. According to Kia, all the solid new products in the subcompact class – along with America’s continued price struggle with the gas pump – should see U.S. B-class sales jump 91 percent by 2015 (to almost 800,000 units), making it the sixth-largest segment in the United States. Priced smart and loaded with features recently unheard of in the class, the 2012 more

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Kia Spends $100 Million To Boost U.S. Production

By Danny King June 2, 2011

Kia is spending $100 million to expand its Georgia (above) factory so that the plant will be able to produce 360,000 vehicles a year starting in 2012, as the South Korean automaker looks to keep up with rising U.S. demand for its cars and trucks. Kia, which said at the New York International Auto Show in April that it would start making its Optima sedan (below) in Georgia, is boosting employment at the plant by 50 percent to 3,000, the company said in a statement Thursday. The company is adding machinery such as more robots while expanding its paint more

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Kia Doubles Profits

By Michelle Krebs April 29, 2011

Kia profits nearly doubled in the first quarter, spurred by sales growth in its domestic market of South Korea and overseas, particularly in the U.S. Kia earned 953.2 billion won ($890 million) in the first quarter ended March 31, up 91 percent from the 498.5 billion won earned in the year-ago quarter. Revenues rose 37 percent; vehicle sales increased 30 percent to 619,000 units sold on the strength of new Optima (above), Sorento, and the minicar -- sold as the Picanto in Korea and the K5 in Europe and China. more

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2011 Kia Optima Enjoys Biggest Lift from LA Auto Show

By Michelle Krebs November 24, 2010

The 2011 Kia Optima got the most boost of any vehicle from the Los Angeles Auto Show, based on's analysis of shopper consideration during the show's press days. The Fiat 500, Nissan GT-R and BMW 6 Series also got a lift from the show. But for all of the hoopla surrounding Chrysler's revamped line of vehicles, neither the Chrysler nor the Dodge brands enjoyed much, if any, increase in shopper consideration. more

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New U.S. Kia Plant to Build Hyundai CUV

By Bill Visnic August 31, 2010

Kia Motors America today announced it will begin production of the Hyundai Santa Fe crossover at the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia assembly plant in West Point, Georgia, beginning in late September. It had long been speculated the Kia plant might initiate production of Hyundai vehicles; Hyundai Motor Co. owns 36 percent of Kia and the two closely affiliated companies share many components, parts and associated suppliers. The new Kia plant, which produces the Sorento crossover, will start full production of the Hyundai Santa Fe on October 1, according to a company release, adding a second shift to the plant more

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Kia Campaign to Emphasize New Sorento is Made in America

By Michelle Krebs October 29, 2009

Surging Kia Motors America is planning to get more than auto assembly out of its new plant in West Point, Georgia, that goes on stream next month to build the 2011 Sorento crossover: the West Point plant will feature prominently in Kia's pre-launch ad campaign to emphasize  the Sorento is made in America. With the sourcing of all manner of consumer goods to low-cost countries being an increasingly persistent burr under many American consumers' saddles, "Built in American has turned into a positive," said Michael Sprague, KMA's vice president of marketing. more

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Despite U.S.'s Gloomy Market, Kia Projects Further Gains

By Michelle Krebs February 11, 2009

By Bill Visnic CHICAGO -- In the disastrous sales year that 2008 turned out to be, gains of any kind were few and far between. Almost no automakers had volume gains in a market that lost some 2.8 million units. Kia Motors America was one of a handful of companies to post a market-share gain -- and just may improve on that performance this year. Last year marked Kia's 14th consecutive year of market-share gain in the U.S. And Thomas Loveless, vice president-sales, Kia Motors America, said Kia actually is accelerating despite what turned out to be a dreadful more