Kia first came into the U.S. market in 1993 with just two cars, the Sephia and the Sportage. Today, Kia not only has a lineup almost 20 models deep but it also just sold its 10 millionth car in the U.S., a Runway Red 2022 Kia EV6.
The company has been successful all these years mostly due to its crossovers and SUVs, which have improved the brand’s desirability in the States. Utility vehicles like the Telluride, Sorrento, and Sportage have been big sellers for the brand lately, and cars like the Forte and K5 do well, too—the EV6 has the potential to be a bestseller, too.
The 10 millionth Kia was an EV6 was bought by Monti Charoenphong at Car Pros Kia Moreno Valley, in Moreno Valley, California, the automaker announced Monday. Kia has stated that it will donate $10,000 to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Freedom Service Dogs of America to mark this milestone.
“Selling 10 million vehicles is a significant achievement and we at Kia are proud not only how far we’ve come, but also what the future has in store as we continue our push for sustainable mobility leadership,” Sean Yoon, CEO of Kia North America, said in a statement. “To thank our customers for their support, Kia wants to give back in meaningful ways by helping those in need. We hope the positive impact of these donations will resonate for years to come.”
It’s fitting this was the year Kia sold its 10 millionth car; parent-company Hyundai sold its 10 millionth car in the U.S. after 29 years, too. The company aims to be entirely electric till 2040.
“We have been a ‘Kia Family’ for many years, but once we saw the EV6, there was no question this would be our next car,” Charoenphong said in a statement. “The day we took delivery was already very exciting, but to learn that we were also Kia’s 10 millionth customer in the U.S. was unbelievable and confirmed our love of this company and to electrified driving.”