Kia Motors America Adds Auto Industry Veteran James Hope to Public Relations Team



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    IRVINE, Calif., December 6, 2011 – Kia Motors America (KMA) named James Hope national manager of product public relations today, reporting to director of public relations, Scott McKee. In his position, Hope will develop vehicle communication strategy and oversee new model introductions, auto shows, national and regional media events and press fleet operations.

    Hope, who worked for KMA earlier in his career, brings more than 17 years of corporate communications and public relations experience to Kia. He joins KMA from Volvo Cars of North America where he organized national and international new vehicle launch programs and managed high-profile publicity and reputation management initiatives.

    “James has a wealth of automotive industry knowledge and a proven track record of success, and he will enhance our talented PR team as we continue to expand Kia’s presence in the U.S. market,” said KMA’s director of public relations, Scott McKee. “Kia is the fastest growing car company in the U.S., and we are happy to welcome James back and will look to him to develop communications programs that will appeal to the automotive press as well as lifestyle and new media outlets.”

    James Hope can be reached at 949-468-1875 or

    About Kia Motors America
    Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 745 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the “Official Automotive Partner of the NBA.” In 2010, KMA recorded its best-ever U.S. sales and 16th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new technologies.

    Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its website For media information, including photography, visit



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