The FINANCIAL — On the strength of eight consecutive monthly sales records – including December – Kia Motors America (KMA) on January 5 announced all-time best annual sales of 625,818 vehicles in 2015, up 7.9 percent year-over-year.
The record-setting December total of 54,241 vehicles increased 19 percent over the same period last year and pushed Kia over the 600,000-unit mark for the first time in company history, according to Kia Motors.
Kia’s historic year included a number of standout performances, including:
Optima establishing a new single nameplate record of 159,414 units
Soul sales increasing for the sixth straight year
Best-ever sales of the Forte, Forte5 and Forte Koup family of compact cars
K900 sales nearly doubling and Sedona sales increasing more than 150 percent
Combined year-over-year CUV sales – Sportage and Sorento – climbing 16.9 percent
The sale of Kia’s six millionth vehicle in the U.S. since 1994
“Even without the benefit of a truck in our lineup, Kia began 2015 as one of Yahoo!’s ‘hottest brands’ and it only got better from there as we outperformed the record-setting industry and posted big gains in several passenger car and CUV segments,” said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer and EVP, KMA. “The new Kia is a recognized leader in design, quality, advanced technology and value, and with three all-new products scheduled to launch in 2016, we will continue challenging everything people think they know about this brand and our world-class products.”