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August 2019 was a strong month for Kia Telluride sales that saw 6,374 units sold in the U.S.

Since the start of 2019 it's been an impressive total of 34,160!

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Kia Motors America Announces August Sales
Best-Ever Monthly Sales Performances for Sportage and Telluride; with Forte Setting August Sales Record

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America today announced August sales of 60,730 vehicles, representing a 12.7-percent increase over the same period last year. Kia's August was led by best-ever sales of the Sportage, the brand's longest-running nameplate and the highest number of the all-new Telluride since the SUV was introduced earlier this year. Meanwhile, the new for 2019 sporty Forte climbed to new heights with best-ever August sales.

"Kia continues to outpace the industry, delivering best-ever August sales for two popular SUVs," said Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America. "Coming on the heels of Kia's fifth consecutive year at the top of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, the sales records set by Sportage, our longest-running nameplate, and Telluride, our newest model, are proof positive Kia's 'Give It Everything' approach is resonating with consumers. We are confident this upward trajectory will continue through the remainder of 2019."

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America has been the highest ranked mass market brand in initial quality for five consecutive years according to J.D. Power, and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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I found some insight on Telluride sales that adds to the report you posted. It shows that not only are Telluride sales taking off but people are checking off a lot of boxes when configuring them. Apparently the average OTD price is over $40,000, as reported by caranddriver:

Kia Telluride Rakes In Profit as Customers Are Buying Them Loaded
Kia's mid-size SUV is selling for an average of $40,000 and up, showing the brand is not just for bargain hunters anymore.
  • The Kia Telluride is proving to be a sales juggernaut, raking in cash with an average transaction price of over $40,000.
  • Data from Cox Automotive shows that the majority of buyers are going for high-end models or adding options to midrange trims.
  • Hyundai's new SUV is doing well, too. A Hyundai spokesman suggested that the Palisade's sales in this "early launch period" are par for the course because "early adopters tend to want fully loaded trims."
Kia's latest entrant in the competitive mid-size-SUV segment-the handsome Telluride-is proving quite popular. According to a new report from Cox Automotive, it appears to be luring moneyed buyers to the value brand's showrooms.

As first reported by Cars Direct, the Telluride's average transaction price since going on sale eight months ago is over $40,000, meaning most buyers are going with the top-spec SX trim or spending money on options for the midrange EX. Although base Telluride LX models start at just $32,785, the EX and SX start at $38,185 and $42,585 respectively.

Such a situation is likely a dream come true for Kia and its dealers, many of which are apparently having trouble keeping the Telluride in stock. According to the same report from Cox, an average Telluride spends only 10 days on the ground at Kia dealers before being snapped up by eager buyers.

According to the most recent data from Automotive News, Kia has sold 34,160 Tellurides through August 2019, with 6374 of them leaving dealer lots that month. That number surpasses its corporate twin, the Hyundai Palisade, which sold 5115 units in August. It should be noted that Palisade sales are still ramping up, as the Hyundai version of the SUV launched much later than the Kia, starting sales in June. To put that into perspective, the well-established Toyota Highlander sold 28,364 in the same time period.
 

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I found some insight on Telluride sales that adds to the report you posted. It shows that not only are Telluride sales taking off but people are checking off a lot of boxes when configuring them. Apparently the average OTD price is over $40,000, as reported by caranddriver:
It's pretty remarkable that so many people are loading up on features. I would've thought for sure that more people would go for the base models.
 

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I think there are several buyers like me who had been shopping the Q7 , XC90, etc, but opted Kia. A fully loaded Kia is about 20K less than the two competitors mentioned. At actual street price the Kia is probably 10K less since those brands can be had below MSRP, where right now there is little room to go much below MSRP on a Telluride due to demand.
 

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It's pretty remarkable that so many people are loading up on features. I would've thought for sure that more people would go for the base models.
The Telluride is the Popeye's chicken sandwich of cars.

I'd love to consider a base model but it doesn't have a height/tilt on the passenger seat. That makes a huge difference for wife or I who may be riding there on a long trip. That alone is a deal breaker. Lesson learned on a 2013 Accord. Never again.

Excellent that they include all safety on the base. In order to get RCTA and BSM on an MDX, you have to opt for a $5k tech package which includes their useless navigation. They offered me $10,100 off MSRP dropping the price from 52xxx to 42xxx. Amazing deal that I walked away from because I love the look of the Telluride and the MDX, as good as it is, looks very 10 years ago and the front end has always looked frumpy. The Telluride has an old school MB long hood while the MDX has an elongated minivan hood, same as early 2000s first gen. There's an awkward frumpiness to it. Telluride also has a better interior. It punches way above its weight class.

I'm seeing some Tellurides at $400 to $1,000 below MSRP on cargurus.
 
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