Loyalty of Kia buyers growing.
"Our design-led transformation has delivered nine new vehicles in less than three years and we are not only seeing more and more new consumers come into Kia showrooms but also a sharp increase in owners returning and purchasing another Kia vehicle," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA.
"Customers are recognizing Kia vehicles as smart purchases and understand that you don't have to sacrifice performance or styling in order to get impressive fuel efficiency or the latest technologies at a low starting price. As our residual values continue to outpace the industry, Kia's value proposition is all the more powerful."
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Design-Led Transformation and Product Line
Sprague said Kia Motors' design-led transformation, which has been delivering dynamically styled vehicles in several important segments has come at exactly the right time, contributing to the brand's continued gains in U.S. market share. Kia has already sold more vehicles this year than it did in 2010 and is poised to continue its momentum, he said. During September, Kia's also added production the critically acclaimed Optima midsize sedan to the model mix at its assembly plant in West Point, Ga.. for the first time. By Joseph Szczesny