Kia Sorento Sales Cross 100,000 Mark in the US
The Sorento has proved to be the lucky charm for Kia Motors America (KMA), with its sales in the US crossing the 100,000th mark lately. This was the first vehicle that the South Korean automaker had built in the US and it managed to remain at the top of the list in the country for more than eleven consecutive months since its launch.
Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), dedicated this success to Kia’s ongoing design-led transformation which has made their vehicles more exciting, stylish and advanced. The automaker used it first US plant in West Point, Georgia to manufacture the CUV.
The Kia Sorento packs some pretty impressive features for a small CUV, combining safety and power to appeal to young drivers. Just after it was launched, the CUV bagged a 2010 “Top Safety Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
In the model year 2011, the Sorento will be offered with a choice of engine options between a 2.4-L four-cylinder engine rated at 172 hp and a 3.5-L V6 churning out 273 hp, both with a six-speed automatic transmission. Customers will also get to choose from front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Along with the popular CUV, Kia will be launching the following feisty models next year: the Sportage compact CUV, Optima midsize sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio sub-compact sedan, Rio5 sub-compact hatchback and Sedona minivan.