Kia Motors America Partners with Wounded Warrior Project to Provide 2012 Soul to a Disabled American Veteran

Posted on 09. Apr, 2012 by in Kia Canada


Fastest-Growing Car Company in a U.S.1 Donates Modified Kia Soul to Corporal Christopher Melendez of New York State

  • Kia hatchback given with new steering device to support with one-handed driving

  • Other modifications designed to support those with singular use of their extremities
  • NEW YORK, Apr 9, 2012 – At a 2012 New York International Auto Show opening rite this weekend, Kia Motors America (KMA) assimilated army with a Wounded Warrior Project, a inhabitant classification dedicated to providing assistance and lifting open recognition for harmed use members, to present a 2012 Kia Soul hatchback to infirm maestro and United States Army Corporal Christopher Melendez. Melendez was harmed in a line of avocation while on slight unit in Iraq by a “six container figure charge” IED, ensuing in serious leg and arm injuries. Working with a organizers of a New York International Auto Show, a Soul was mutated to accommodate Melendez’s specific day-to-day needs. This concession comes directly on a heels of Kia’s concession to Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA’s Operation Hero module in coordination with code envoy and veteran women’s golfer Michelle Wie.

    Kia Motors America Partners with Wounded Warrior Project to Donate 2012 Kia Soul to Disabled Veteran Army Corporal Christopher Melendez of New York City

    “Kia Motors understands that it is not usually vicious to uncover a joining to a U.S. marketplace by investment and pursuit creation, though also to support a servicemen and women in a country’s armed forces,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, KMA. “The Wounded Warrior Project provides useful services to a group and women who have been harmed in a line of duty, and it is an respect to present one of a many renouned vehicles to Corporal Melendez as a approach to uncover a appreciation and support for those who have sacrificed so much.”

    The 2012 Soul, retrofitted by New York-based Bussani Mobility Team was mutated privately to concede Corporal Melendez to continue with his daily activities by modifications that support when coherence is limited. The modifications embody a steering circle device that allows him to spin a steering circle regulating one hand, while progressing finish control of a circle and automobile during all times, however all alterations are simply removable to concede others who do not need them to expostulate a automobile safely.

    Kia’s Unprecedented Growth
    Kia Motors is one of a world’s fastest flourishing tellurian automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched some-more new vehicles in a U.S. than any other automaker, and underneath a superintendence of arch pattern officer, Peter Schreyer, warranted a repute as an attention personality in automotive styling. Kia Motors America’s full line of fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has warranted vicious commend and dramatically increasing consumer awareness, notice and care for a brand. In 2011, KMA accessible a 17th uninterrupted year of marketplace share growth, interjection in partial to a largest boost of any vital code in viewed quality2 and a industry’s top code faithfulness ranking3. Kia’s U.S.-based production trickery in West Point, Georgia KMMG is obliged for a origination of some-more than 10,000 plant and retailer jobs and builds a company’s dual best-selling vehicles in a U.S. a Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan4. Kia’s value and technology-laden 2012 indication year lineup also includes a Sportage compress CUV, Soul civic newcomer vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compress sedan, Forte 5-door compress hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

    About Kia Motors America
    Kia Motors America is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 755 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner” of a NBA and LPGA. In 2011, KMA accessible a best-ever annual sales sum and became one of a fastest flourishing automobile companies in a U.S. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, modernized reserve facilities and new technologies.

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    1 Based on 5-year accumulative expansion between 12-month sell sales for durations finale Feb 2007 and Feb 2012 of all U.S. automotive brands.
    2 Source: Automotive Lease Guide Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study
    3 Source: Experian Automotive Q2 2011 marketplace analysis
    4 The Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are fabricated in a United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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