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Happy New Year from Kia Motors! December 31st, 2011

We at Kia Motors would like to wish all of you a very happy New Year!

2011 has been a great year for Kia Motors, and though it’s hard to sum up in a humble blog post, here’s are some key highlights, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support and interest of our Kia fans:

New Models

Kia Motors saw a 23 percent increase in global sales from 2010. This year, we introduced models like the all-new Picanto, all-new Rio and the refreshed 2012 Soul. In addition, the Naimo electric concept was unveiled in Seoul, delivering a new kind of style and sophistication through innovative design.

  • Our nail art animation video for the all-new Picanto was viewed over 5 million times and earned praise and thumbs up from top auto media
  • The all-new Rio joined the ranks of one of our top best selling cars overseas.
  • Kia’s loveable hamsters returned in their 2012 Kia Soul to bring peace to battling robots through the power of “Party Rock.” Their shuffle dance moves saw over 11 million views on YouTube and earned notable ad and viral video awards.

 
Awards

The awards kept rolling in this year for Kia Motors.

 
Racing

Kia also made its mark in the racing world. In April, Kia achieved its first-ever racing victory with the No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia at the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Kia drivers Nic Jönsson and Michael Galati took the top of the podium again at Road America.

To thank all our fans for being such a huge part of Kia’s success, we’ve compiled a year end greeting video from our employees around the world.

At the end of each message, you’ll hear “I Like Kia!” As many of you know, Kia Motors launched the “Inspired by What You Like. Kia, the Power to Surprise” campaign. It’s still happening so be sure to check it out on our Facebook fan page!

Happy New Year and see you all in 2012 for another great year!