The folks at Kia Motors America Inc. have plenty reason to celebrate. After six years in the U.S. market, the South Korean importer has risen from virtual anonymity to the second fastest-growing brand in the country. Kia, which sells two versions of its Sportage small sport/utility vehicle (SUV) and its Sephia compact sedan in the U.S., has delivered 100,000 vehicles so far in 1999. That's a third of its total sales since coming to America. Its better-than-expected showing is spurring the ...

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