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Kia Canada Inc. reports strong August sales and welcomes Mr. Sungwon Kwon as new President & CEO

Mr. Sungwon Kwon

Kia Canada Inc. reports strong August sales and welcomes Mr. Sungwon Kwon as new President & CEO

(Mississauga, ON) September 5, 2019 – Kia Canada Inc. today welcomes Mr. Sungwon Kwon as the organization’s new President & CEO, effective August 1, 2019. Mr. Kwon joins Kia Canada from his previous role with the Americas Group at Kia Motors Corporation in Korea. As a member of the organization since 1995, Mr. Kwon has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the businesses and many areas of the world.

Mr. Kwon takes over from Mr. Kyle Lee who is leaving Kia Canada Inc. to take on the role of President and CEO of Kia Motors Central & South America Headquarters (KMCSA). During his time in Canada, Kia has become one of the few brands enjoying year-over-year sales increases and has continued to show more Canadians the ‘Power to Surprise.’

“On behalf of our entire organization and dealers across the country, I would like to thank Mr. Lee for this tremendous efforts and leadership here in Canada and wish him luck in his new role,” said Elias El-Achhab, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Kia Canada Inc. “As a young brand celebrating just our twentieth year in Canada, we have come a long way in recent years and are we are thrilled to welcome Mr. Kwon to the team and know that his experience and expertise will help us ensure that our product offering matches the demand of Canadian consumers. After a strong summer and a fantastic August, Mr. Kwon’s leadership comes at the perfect time as we work to ensure that we keep the momentum going into the fourth quarter and 2020.”

Strong August sales, led by Forte, Sorento and Sportage

Kia Canada Inc. reported today 7,640 total vehicles sold for the month of August, a 3 per cent increase versus the same time period in 2018. August’s results were led by Forte (1,726 units), Sorento (1,406 units) and Sportage (1,336 units), representing 40.8, 15.8 and 3.9 per cent year-over-year increases respectively. August also represented a strong month for Kia’s two electric vehicles, the Kia Niro and Kia Soul, with 244 units sold with zero emissions.


About Kia Canada

Kia Canada Inc. ( ) a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento through a network of 188 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 160 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada, including a state-of-the-art facility in Montreal. Kia’s brand slogan "The Power to Surprise" represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

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