Kia has shipped its one millionth Kia vehicle to American shores through the Port of Tacoma. The one millionth car is the 2011 Optima Hybrid was still wrapped in protective covering when it rolled off a ship on August 11.
Port of Tacoma commission president Connie Bacon congratulated Kia Motors for the milestone, saying that the South Korean carmaker brought in thousands of longshore hours for their local workers who drive the delivered cars off the ships as well as other jobs throughout the community. Bacon adds that she hopes to continue the long-standing relationship between their community and Kia Motors.
The Auto Warehousing Company with 200 employees has processed all Kia vehicles that go through the Port of Tacoma since 1995. Kia Motors America vice president of sales Tom Loveless says that the outstanding milestone shows the strength of the partnership between the carmaker and the Port of Tacoma and highlights the carmaker’s commitment to the United States market. Loveless says that they hope to bring in more of their products, including the Optima Hybrid.
The market share of KMA has been steadily growing since the carmaker started selling in the United States in 1994. The company has since reached the 350,000 unit sales goal. The company has gone through a design-focused transformation that has seen the rise of more dynamically styled cars in different segments. This has helped Kia gain more traction in the United States market.
The Optima Hybrid is the carmaker’s first-ever hybrid vehicle in the country and this was unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. It uses a full parallel hybrid system and can deliver zero emission driving when used in full-electric drive mode that can get speeds not more than 62 miles an hour. You can also drive in blended gas-electric mode, giving you more speed and performance.
The engine on the Optima Hybrid shuts off to reduce emissions and fuel consumption when it comes to a stop or when you have low electrical load. The vehicle utilizes a lithium polymer battery that was developed by LG Chem.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America acts as the distribution and marketing arm of Seoul-based Kia Motors Corporation. KMA has a complete range of vehicles available in a network of at least 730 dealers found throughout the United States. Kia is the "Official Automotive Partner of the NBA." KMA recorded its best-ever sales in the US market as well as increasing market share for the 16th consecutive year in 2010. The company is ready to continue the momentum and will continue to improve the brand through quality, design innovation, safety features, new technologies, and value.