SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's No. 2 carmaker, has sold more than 8 million automobiles in the United States since it first tapped the world's top economy in 1992, industry data showed Sunday.
The smaller sister of Hyundai Motor Co. sold 55,814 cars in the U.S. in March, with its accumulated sales reaching a whopping 8.02 million units as of the month. Kia opened its first U.S. office 28 years ago, with its combined sales reaching 1 million units in 2003.
The figure has risen sharply since 2010, when Kia completed its local production line in Georgia, reaching 5 million units in 2014 and 7 million units in 2017, industry data showed.
The most popular Kia automobile in the U.S. is the Sorento SUV, which posted sales of 1.31 million units.
The model previously posted annual sales of around 50,000 units, but it later shot up to 100,000 units after the SUV was locally produced at the Georgia production line.
The Soul box car followed with 1.19 million units, also posting annual sales of around 100,000 units.
The midsized sedan K5 took the third spot at 1.06 million units, the data showed. The Sportage SUV, the longest-selling Kia model in the U.S., saw its accumulated sales reach 962,627 units in March after being release in 1994.