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Kia marks 10 years of European production in Slovakia

- Kia has built over 2.5 million vehicles and 3.8 million engines in Europe
- 1.7 billion Euros invested in its production facility in Žilina, Slovakia
- Over 20,000 jobs created in Slovakia at the plant and among suppliers


Kia Motors posts 9.1% rise in global sales in November

- Global sales reach 283,660 units in November for 9.1% year-on-year growth
- Kia records monthly year-on-year sales growth in North America (15.7%), China (12.8%), General Market (9.3%) and Europe (8.2%) in November
- Kia’s best-selling car in overseas markets in September was the C-segment Cerato (Known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets)


Kia exceeds 400,000 vehicle sales in Europe for the first time

- Company surpasses previous full-year record before December
- Kia’s European market share grows to 2.9% year-to-date*; on course to achieve 3.0% market share for full year
- Early sales success for new Niro and Optima models supports growth


2017 Kia Sportage wins Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.COM Best Buy Award for small SUV/Crossover

- All-new 2017 Sportage is part of an elite group of 12 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Winners
- Sportage’s standout design, functional interior, and versatility deemed it a winner in its segment


Peter Schreyer marks 10 years with Kia Motors

Peter Schreyer is marking ten years of leading new car design for Kia, a period during which the Korean brand’s global sales have risen from around 1.1 million cars in 2005, to 3.05 million in 2015.


Kia Sportage key to record European results in 2016

- Kia European production facility in Žilina, Slovakia, manufactured a record 177,900 cars and more than 318,000 engines
- Kia Sportage ranked first in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study
- Best-selling Sportage accounts for almost two thirds of Žilina’s production and a third of record European sales in 1H 2016


Quality award for Kia Sportage in J.D. Power long-term satisfaction test

- Kia Sportage ranked first in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study
- Sportage outstrips competition in evaluation of 68 models by 15,000 drivers
- Results published in German car magazine AUTO TEST
- J.D. Power victory follows ‘zero fault’ record for Kia Sportage in Auto Motor und Sport 100,000-km endurance test in June


Kia Sportage sets new record in a two year reliability test

- Specialist German automotive magazine Auto Motor und Sport tested the compact SUV for two years under everyday conditions
- The Sportage is the first SUV tested by AMS not to produce a single defect
- The Kia bestseller also hailed for its large occupant and boot volume, its engine smoothness and user-friendly navigation


Kia Motors ranked number one for quality in the United States by J.D. Power

- Fast-growing Korean automaker is first non-premium brand to top the Initial Quality Study rankings in 27 years
- Kia owners report fewer issues with their vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership than all other car and truck brands in the U.S.
- Sportage and Soul recognized as best-in-segment; three additional models ranked among the top three in their respective categories


Kia Motors backs creation of community auto mechanic training centers in Ethiopia and Kenya

- Kia holds groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of its Green Light Auto Mechanic Training Centers in Addis Ababa and Nairobi
- Green Light Project initiative will train hundreds of local people each year – and help thousands more
- Kia’s global corporate social responsibility program seeks to improve mobility and self-sufficiency in Africa
- Plan to expand Green Light Project into other countries in the near future


Kia reveals vehicle line-up for UEFA EURO 2016™

- Kia provides fleet of 447 vehicles for European Championships
- Korean manufacturer is official tournament automotive partner


All-new 2017 Kia Sportage receives Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

- Prestigious safety award earned under new, more rigorous IIHS requirements


New Kia Sportage and Optima win new design awards

- All-new Kia Sportage and the Optima receive the prestigious Red Dot international design prize – for the second time each
- ‘Best of the Best’ award for Optima sedan in its category
- Every model in the current Kia range has now won a ‘Red Dot’
- 15 Red Dot awards earned by Kia since 2009


All-new Kia Optima Hybrid unveiled at 2016 Chicago Auto Show

- Enhanced HEV blends sophisticated design and premium driving experience with focus on efficiency
- New powertrain targets 10 percent improvement in fuel economy over outgoing Optima Hybrid
- 2017 model infuses aerodynamic form and function into Optima’s sleek, modern design
- Gas-electric sedan touts intelligent use of technology to deliver comprehensive driver-assistance features


All-new 2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid makes global debut at Chicago Auto Show

- Kia’s first plug-in hybrid showcases advanced efficiency and boasts technological refinements
- Advancements in Kia’s hybrid system and increases in electric power combine for increased range and improved driving dynamics
- Packed with new technology, the Optima PHEV arrives with a new suite of ECO telematics and infotainment upgrades, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlayTM


All-new 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle arrives in the Windy City for global debut at Chicago Auto Show

- Kia’s Hybrid Utility Vehicle boasts a number of firsts for the brand, including an all-new, dedicated eco-car platform and unique hybrid system
- Niro is a no-compromise package, maintaining the style and appeal of a utility vehicle while offering outstanding fuel economy with a targeted 50 mpg combined
- Niro challenges the hybrid-electric segment with an innovative hybrid system that directly contributes to a dynamic driving experience


Coveted design awards for all-new Kia Sportage and Optima

- iF Design Awards for new compact SUV and mid-sized sedan
- Kia awarded prestigious design award seven years in a row


Record European full-year sales for Kia Motors

- Kia Motors Europe posts best-ever full-year sales in 2015
- 384,790 cars sold, representing year-on-year growth of 8.8%
- Continuous yearly sales growth for Kia in Europe since 2008
- Rise in sales for bestselling Sportage and new Sorento SUV
- Upgraded A- and B-segment models drive further organic growth


Growing socio-economic impact of Kia’s presence in Europe revealed in new report

- Over 153,000 people owe their jobs to Kia Motors’ presence in Europe
- Kia contributed €934 million in taxes to European governments in 2014
- Kia directly responsible for adding €2.5 billion in gross value across manufacturing, supplies, R&D, sales and distribution


Rafael Nadal unveils Kia's newest X-Car at Australian Open 2016

- Rafael Nadal unveils custom Kia Sportage inspired by Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men character Mystique
- Kia Motors supplies 110 official fleet vehicles for this year’s Australian Open Championship


Kia reveals first images of all-new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle

- Exclusive first images of Niro HUV illustrates sporty and versatile design
- Niro HUV world premiere set for Chicago Auto Show in February 2016
- Dedicated hybrid powertrain specifically developed for all-new model


Kia Telluride concept makes world debut at North American International Auto Show in Detroit

- Elegant and sophisticated, the Kia Telluride combines breakthrough technology, rugged beauty, and functionality in a full-size sport utility vehicle
- Telluride takes Kia’s design language in a bold new direction and suggests styling of a possible future premium large SUV in the brand’s lineup
- Telluride pushes the boundaries of technology with unique in-cabin health-and-wellness technology and luxury


Kia Motors posts 0.3% rise in 2015 global sales

- 2,916,118 Kia vehicles sold globally in 2015 for 0.3% year-on-year gain
- 3 million units annual sales (shipment basis) mark reached for second consecutive year
- Full-year sales in Korea and North America post year-on-year growth of 13.4% and 6.7%, respectively
- Subcompact Rio was top selling Kia vehicle in overseas markets in 2015


Kia Motors introduces new ‘DRIVE WISE’ sub-brand for autonomous driving technologies

- Kia ‘DRIVE WISE’ encompasses future Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
- DRIVE WISE intelligent safety technologies exhibited at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
- U.S. state of Nevada grants license to Kia to test autonomous Kia Soul EV on public roads
- Introduction of partially-autonomous driving technologies by 2020, with arrival of fully-autonomous vehicles targeted by 2030


Kia confirmed stability and production growth in Slovakia in 2015

• Kia in Slovakia manufactured a record of 338,000 cars and 582,000 engines
• Russia, Great Britain, Germany and Spain remained the largest markets