Kia Canada achieves historic record-breaking year in 2021

• Kia reported a total of 79,198 units sold in Canada in 2021, making it the brand’s best year ever

• The company finishes 2021 with 7 months of record sales, despite challenging year for the industry

• Kia’s outstanding year includes an all-time record-breaking June, which saw the automaker’s best-ever sales month in their over twenty-year Canadian history

• Top sellers from 2021 include the very popular Seltos, Forte and Sportage

• EV and PHEV sales are on the rise for the brand, in support of Plan S

(Toronto) January 5, 2022 – Kia Canada announces a record shattering 2021 with 79,198 units sold making 2021 the best-ever year on record for the brand. This included 7 months of record sales (February, March, April, May, June, July and September) including their best-ever month in Canadian history, in June with 8,850 units delivered. This 2021 record was a 9.3% increase YoY, with top models Seltos, Forte and Sportage among the best-selling models. Kia was also recognized by J.D. Power as the number one mass market brand in the 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study, three Autotrader.ca awards, as well as two AJAC category wins for the first-ever Kia K5 sedan in the Best Large Car category and Best Large Utility for the 2nd year in a row for the award-winning Kia Telluride.

“Our success in 2021 can be attributed to our industry leading design, safety and technology, as well as our dedicated dealer network, who remained agile in servicing our customers throughout another pandemic year,” says Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada. “As we look forward to 2022, consumer demand remains exceptionally high, leaving us optimistic for the year ahead with new and exciting models like the highly anticipated Kia EV6, set to arrive in dealerships early next year.”

Top Selling Models

Kia’s compact SUV, the Seltos, led model sales in 2021, with a total of 14,436 units sold, closely followed by the brand’s previous top-seller, the Forte, with 13,190 units sold. Sportage, the brand’s most popular mid-size SUV also saw notable sales, with 11,837 units purchased.

With the brand’s focus towards electrification, EV and PHEV sales were also on the rise in 2021. The long-standing Soul EV saw a sales percentage increase of 24% over 2020, and the Niro EV and PHEV saw increases of 152% and 21% respectively. This past year marks the highest sales of PHEV and EV models for the brand, totaling 4,720 units sold.

The success Kia has had is not only limited to new car sales, but extends to Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) models too. With 10 record-breaking months this past year and the brand’s highest CPO sales month ever achieved in June with 779 units sold, 2021 was an extraordinary year across the board. “The strength of Kia’s CPO program reflects the reliability and durability of our products that Canadians can depend on,” says Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada.

EV6 is Coming 2022

EV6, Kia’s first dedicated EV built on the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP)

First applied to the EV6, Kia’s new electric-global modular platform (E-GMP) enables diverse number of interior layouts thanks to the flat floor. Despite the EV6’s compact exterior dimensions, its 2.9m wheelbase results in a cabin space similar to many mid to large SUVs. That means more interior room for you and your passengers to enjoy.

Ultra Fast Charging

The 800V high-speed multi-charging system of the EV6 enables you to find that extra time for things that really matter to you. A quick charge for less than 4.5 minutes would give you 100km of driving range. It takes less than 18 minutes to charge from 10 to 80%.*

480km Estimated Range

EV6’s 77.4kWh battery can enable an estimated 480km driving range when fully charged. This means less frequent charges and, again, more time to discover your passions.*

Kia Canada’s historic sales run continues with a record-breaking September and strong third quarter

• Kia Canada reports third quarter sales with 25,057 units delivered

• Best-ever September with 8,407 units sold

• Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales continue to soar with strongest September sales and Q3 ever recorded

• Brand-new 2022 Sorento HEV and PHEV coming this fall – the first of 7 electrified vehicles to arrive in Canada by 2025

October 1, 2021 – Following quarterly sales results of 15,760 units in Q1 and 25,510 units in Q2, Kia Canada is reporting third quarter sales of 25,057 vehicles delivered. This marks yet another milestone for Kia Canada achieving its strongest results in 2021 with a total of 66,327 units sold year to date. September rounded out Q3 with another best-ever sales month with 8,407 units delivered, following a best-ever July with 8,305 units and a second best-selling August with 8,345 units. The consumer favourite, Forte, holds strong this third quarter delivering 1,536 units, followed by Seltos with 1,523 units.

Additionally Kia’s CPO sales for this third quarter continue to soar with another record-breaking month in September with 593 units sold. This marks the brand’s best quarter to date, totaling 5,388 CPO units delivered.

“Kia Canada’s upward trajectory and history making sales performance is nothing short of incredible,” said Elias El-Achhab, Vice President and COO at Kia Canada. “The positive strides we have made with the launch of the new Kia brand, coupled with an innovative product lineup and a very dedicated dealer network that has continuously navigated these challenging times, have all led to this incredible success.”

Kia Canada recently debuted the brand-new 2022 Sorento PHEV and HEV, marking the first official vehicle under the brand’s Plan S strategy that will introduce 7 all-new electric or plug-in hybrid models by 2025. The Sorento HEV and PHEV are set to arrive this fall.

Kia’s First-Ever Sorento Plug-in Hybrid

Available Now in Dealerships

• Two all-new PHEV & HEV powertrain options, a first for Sorento

• Estimated all-electric driving range of up to 51 kilometers on PHEV

• Sorento PHEV Price starting at $44,995 MSRP

• Sorento HEV to arrive in the fall, pricing to be announced

September 16, 2021 – Kia Canada introduces the first-ever Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid, the initial product offering out of seven all-new plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles under the brand’s Plan S strategy. Two more powertrain options offer Canadians the opportunity to be inspired to take their adventures to new heights utilizing eco-friendlier driving solutions. Kia announced the 4th generation Sorento just last year, which delivered on its promise to be stronger, lighter, roomier and more technologically advanced than previous generations. This ‘greener’ 3-row, SUV with unmatched cargo utility, all-wheel drive and exceptional fuel efficiency is a natural evolution of this longstanding nameplate in Canada.

The Sorento PHEV will officially debut at the Montreal Electric Vehicle show September 17 – 19 and at the Quebec City EV show October 1-3, 2021. Alongside Kia’s other EV models, the Soul EV and Niro EV, attendees will be among the first to see and test drive the brand- new Sorento PHEV. Kia representatives will also be available to provide information about how HEV, PHEVs and EVs can be conveniently integrated into everyday life and will be busting myths and common misconceptions about green vehicle ownership.

“We are thrilled to now offer an HEV/PHEV option of Kia’s best-known model, said Elias El-Achhab, VP & Chief Operating Officer at Kia Canada. “This milestone enhancement to the Sorento comes at the right time in Kia’s transition to providing more sustainable and ‘green’ transportation options, especially on a vehicle that Canadians trust.”

Dynamic Styling, Inside and Out

The exterior of the 2022 Sorento HEV/PHEV maintains its sharp, modern lines, accentuated with high-tech details – elevating the entire Sorento experience beyond a standard SUV.

• Kia’s modernized “tiger face,” with “eyeline” details and a wide and thin front grille extending into the headlight and hood structure

• The hood edge wraps around the body side and integrates into the rear shoulder line, enhancing length and width

• Standard LED headlamps and optional signature LED forward lighting includes daytime running lights. Headlamp and DRL modules are separated for a high-tech look

• Strong side character line emphasizes muscular and athletic profile

• Available split-vertical LED taillights

• Two new wheel designs in 17-inches (LX HEV) and 19-inches (EX HEV + all PHEV trims)

The interior continues the strong, solid and sophisticated modernity of the exterior. Following a credo of “Refined Boldness,” the interior designers instilled the cabin with unexpected materials to cast a striking effect and introduce two new interior colour options:

• Available navy blue leather (SX only)

• Available light grey leather (SX only)

• Unique to HEV/PHEV includes standard Shift by Wire and available ambient lighting

Built on a Strong Foundation

The 2022 Sorento is built on the same all-new 3rd generation “N3” platform as the all-new 2021 model, that is lighter and stronger than previous models. Features include:

• Features the same wheelbase of 35mm (1.37 inches) for more interior space

• Average tensile strength remains improved by 4% compared to the previous Sorento

• Includes improved driving dynamics, including acceleration, ride and handling, and noise vibration and harshness (NVH)

Green Powertrain Options

Two powertrains are offered on the 2022 Sorento HEV/PHEV, each with standard all-wheel drive (AWD), shift-by-wire, drive mode select and exceptional fuel economy:

• Hybrid (HEV):

o 1.6L-Turbo 4 cylinder GDI with 270V AC Lithium Ion Polymer battery

o 227 hp and 258 lb-ft or torque

o 6.4 / 7.0 estimated fuel economy (L/100km city/highway) – comparable to the Kia Forte sedan

• Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV):

o 1.6L-Turbo 4 cylinder GDI with 360V AC Lithium Ion Polymer battery

o Up to 51 kilometers of EV range

o 261 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque

o 2.8 / 3.2 estimated fuel economy (L/100km city/highway) – just over two times the fuel efficiency of a Kia Forte

See your local KIA dealer today!

Kia Canada Announces Highest July Sales in Company History

Brand delivers sixth consecutive monthly sales record– Best-ever July Certified Pre-Owned sales– Niro EV sales are on the rise.

August 4, 2021 – Kia Canada today announces record July sales of 8,305 units, marking 6 consecutive months of record-breaking year over year sales for the brand. Strong sales were led by Forte at 1,685 units and Sportage at 1,242 units. These results contribute to Kia Canada’s best ever YTD in history, with 49,575 units sold. Kia also continues to see records set in 2021 for CPO sales with a best-ever July, delivering 714 units.

The brand is also celebrating Niro EV’s best-ever sales month in its history with 364 units sold. This milestone is critical for Kia’s recently-announced Plan S strategy, which outlines Kia’s shifting focus to electrification and commitment to diversifying their product offering of eco-friendly mobility services. 

“The new face of Kia has arrived and consumers are taking note,” said Elias El-Achhab, Vice President and COO at Kia Canada. “We look forward to continuing this momentum into the second half of 2021 and beyond, providing Canadians with mobility solutions that are sustainable, meaningful and inspiring.”

Kia recently introduced the EV6 for the first time on Canadian soil in a show stopping performance by award winning artist Fefe Dobson. They came together in an outdoor concert where Dobson and her band plugged into the EV6 to power an electrifying performance broadcast to a crowd of in-person and virtual concert goers on July 27.