Kia Posts Record Sales Thanks To The American-Made Sportage

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Meanwhile, Stinger sales are virtually non-existent.

Kia kicked off production of the first American-made Sportage earlier this year, and it's already having a huge impact on the company's sales. The Korean automaker just announced its best November sales ever in the US with 56,703 units sold. That's an 8% increase over the previous 2016 record and a whopping 25.1% improvement compared to 2021.

Sales were led by the 2023 Kia Sportage, which is not surprising given that it's the company's freshest product and it competes in the most popular segment in America (besides trucks).

"Building on our best-ever third-quarter and October sales, Kia's upward momentum continued with a record November with SUVs and hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs pushing the brand ever higher," said Eric Watson, vice president of sales operations, Kia America. "With Sportage up 144% and our electrified offerings posting double or triple-digit sales increases for the fifth consecutive month, we are confident that we will end the year strong, and this positive sales momentum will carry through to 2023."

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The Sportage sold 10,554 units in November, a massive improvement compared to the outgoing model, which sold 4,330 units in November 2021. Kia has moved 112,170 Sportage units so far in 2022, making it the most popular model in the lineup ahead of the Forte (100,731 units) and Telluride (89,033). The company says all of its electrified models have posted double or triple-digit gains in the past five months, but fully electric models have a long way to go before they are considered volume players.

The Kia EV6 sold just 641 units in November, the second lowest in the lineup. Only the Kia Stinger, which moved only 342 examples last month, sold in smaller volumes. EV6 sales currently sit at 19,391 through November 2022, positioning it above the Carnival/Sedona (18,480), Stinger (7,415), and Cadenza (1), which was likely a dealer leftover.


Though no official announcement has been made, the writing appears to be on the wall for Kia's dynamic, rear-drive sports sedan. The Stinger is rumored to exit production next year with the EV6 GT taking its spiritual place in the lineup. We will miss it when it's gone, but with 576 horsepower available in GT guise, the EV6 seems like it could be a worthy replacement.

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