Kia Sportage Reaches 5 Million in World Sales
The Sportage, Kia’s compact SUV, just celebrated its 25th anniversary with a major milestone — global sales of 5 million. In 2016 and 2017 the Kia Sportage was the automaker’s most popular selling model.
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“We are extremely proud to have achieved this milestone production figure for our global best-seller. The continued and accelerating popularity of the Sportage demonstrates the breadth of the car’s abilities and the strength of its appeal to buyers in markets all around the world,” said Ho Sung Song, Executive Vice President of Global Operations Division. “Since 1993, the Sportage has become a benchmark car in the compact SUV segment, and its success has also led to the creation of a diverse and comprehensive range of SUVs and crossovers from Kia — with other new models to follow in future.”
The Sportage, which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1991, hit a nerve with consumers as it presented for the first time the concept of an “Urban SUV.” It was designed to be practical and compact and adept at navigating a variety of driving situations, appealing attributes for drivers looking for something new.
According to Kia, “The Kia Sportage has historically been acknowledged for the strength of its design, having been awarded ‘iF Design’ and ‘red dot’ design prizes in both its third and fourth generations. Furthermore, the vehicle achieved the highest safety rating from the USA’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2017.”
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The 2018 Kia Sportage is available at three trim levels, LX, EX, and SX Turbo. Each trim is equipped with a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with Gasoline Direct Injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing. Kia’s engineered six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic® serves as the transmission.