Kia’s been enjoying some big sales increases lately, making it an increasing force in the U.S. market. In May the automaker sold a lot of vehicles, flexing its muscles more than ever before.
In the end, Kia logged 62,433 sales for May, which is pretty impressive. The month marked only the second time the company has sold over 60,000 vehicles. The figure now stands as the automaker’s monthly sales record for the United States. If things keep on the same path they’ve been on lately, that record should be surpasses again in the near future.
Unsurprisingly, the big volume leader for Kia was the Optima, with consumers scooping 16,349 of them during the month. That number actually was a slight drop from the May 2014 total of 16,843. The funky and ultra-affordable Soul ranked second in sales volume, with 13,886 sold.
The Sorento and Forte were some of the other big players for the brand during May, which also isn’t much of a surprise. They racked up 10,743 and 8,584 unit sales, respectively.
One interesting piece of information is that Kia sold a whopping 4,110 Sedonas. While that isn’t nearly as much as some other models, the number is impressive considering that only 739 were purchased in May of 2014. Kia completely redesigned the minivan, launching the new generation recently. It boasts some premium features, including higher-end interior finishes and available second-row leg rests. The exterior also has an appearance Kia says is more akin to a crossover, which apparently is attractive to people who want the practicality of a minivan without the overt image of owning one. For whatever set of reasons, the new generation of the Sedona is selling well, and could possibly see sales continue to climb.
Year-to-date sales for Kia came in at 256,815 units, which is an increase over the 246,769 units sold during the same period in 2014.
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