We’re three months into 2019, and with the first quarter finally over, automakers from all over the globe are releasing their sales numbers for Q1 2019. It seems like many automakers did fairly well so far, and today we’d like to focus on Kia Motors. With two new vehicles being released in the same year, next-generation debuts, and their presentation at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, we’re expecting great things. When it comes to sales, the Telluride arrived on American shores, and March 2019 marks the best first quarter performance for Kia Motors since 2016.
Sales Driven by Telluride
This makes complete sense. The Kia Telluride SUV is a vehicle that has been in the spotlight many times. New York Fashion Week 2018 had a surprise when the Kia Telluride showed up, personalized to match Maxwell’s Texas-inspired SS 2019 collection, whilst also showing off its functionality for an adventurous lifestyle. During SEMA 2018, Kia brought a total of five Kia Telluride concepts to demonstrate its ability to suit any lifestyle. With every presentation, the auto market was convinced that the Kia Telluride is more than just the largest SUV by Kia Motors today.
“Demand for the all-new Telluride has exceeded our own high expectations and the increased showroom traffic helped Kia to a strong first quarter close…As we begin the second quarter with a new advertising campaign for the 2020 Soul, we anticipate consumer interest in the Kia brand will continue to grow well into the spring and summer sales period.” – Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America
For March 2019, Kia Motors America reported 55,814 vehicles sold. The all-new Telluride SUV makes up about a tenth of those sales, with 5080 units sold during the vehicle’s first full month of nationwide availability. What a rush! Not only did the Kia Telluride spearhead sales into the best Kia Motors has had during Q1 since 2016, but March sales also marked the month when the automaker surpassed more than 8 million Kia vehicles sold since entering the U.S market in 1994. Bravo, Kia Motors.
The rest of the breadwinners for March 2019 are the Kia Forte with 8,466 units sold, the Kia Sorento with 9,507 units sold, the Kia Optima with 9,603 units sold, and the ever-loving Kia Soul with the most units sold out of the lineup with the number at 9,860. We won’t see sales figures for another three months, June 2019, and one would hope Kia Motors America has delivered the Kia Niro EV to the states by then. So far, it seems to be pretty popular overseas.
In early 2019, the Kia Niro EV, known as the e-Niro in other parts of the world, was shipped off to Europe for its first round of deliveries. A total of 10,000 units arrived in dealerships across Europe, and all 10,000 units have already been sold to consumers. It’s crazy. An electric vehicle, sold out, in its first run. It could be because Europeans have been known to be more forward-thinking and accepting of alternative fuel vehicles. It could be because the Kia Niro hybrid crossover won the hearts of millions, and if green consumers liked the Niro hybrid, they’ll love the electric Niro.
Looking to go green? We’re waiting on the Kia Niro EV, but the Kia Niro hybrid crossover is available at Miami Lakes Automall. Come for a test drive and feel the difference of going green.