Kia's Latest American Achievement Should Alarm Rivals

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The year isn't even over yet.

2021 has been a challenging year for automakers thanks to supply issues caused by the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. Kia, on the other hand, is miraculously ending the year on a massive high. Throughout the year, Kia has exceeded expectations and consistently beaten its own monthly sales records.

Last month, Kia sold 45,318 cars in America last month, and while this wasn't the automaker's best-ever sales month, it means Kia has already beaten its all-time annual sales record in America before the year has wrapped up with one month left in the 2021 calendar year. High demand for the Telluride and Sorento SUVs helped drive Kia's sales up in America, with 7,767 and 6,845 units sold respectively last month.

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In November, Kia's best-selling model in America was the Telluride, followed by the Sorento, Forte (6,741), K5/Optima (5,938), and Soul (4,505). With only 948 units delivered, the Stinger was Kia's lowest-selling model in November. It's not all bad news for sedans, though. The affordable Forte is on track to become Kia's best-selling model of the year by a huge margin with 107,290 models sold in the US between January and November 2021 compared to 77,878 in the same period last year. It's refreshing to see a sedan leading sales in favor of SUVs and crossovers for a change.

"Breaking the all-time annual sales record with one month left in the sales cycle is concrete proof that demand for Kia vehicles is on the rise and has been throughout the year," said Eric Watson, vice president, sales operations, Kia America.

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"With the all-new Kia EV6 arriving soon and the Sportage, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid models arriving throughout the first half of 2022, we are confident that the interest in Kia will not wane anytime soon."

This isn't the only achievement Kia is celebrating this year. Before Kia's first dedicated electric car goes on sale in America early next year, the EV6 recently set a record for the shortest charging time to cross the United States in an electric vehicle after it was charged for seven hours, 10 minutes, and one second over seven days during a trip from New York to Los Angeles. Impressively, this was fast enough to beat the previous record set by Tesla by more than five and a half hours.

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