By: Jim Skeen
PALMDALE - A grand opening
ceremony will take place at 1:30
p.m. Thursday for Rally Kia, the
newest member of the Rally Auto
City officials, including Mayor Jim
Ledford, and representatives of
the Palmdale, Antelope Valley
Hispanic and Antelope Valley
Black chambers of commerce will
be on hand to celebrate with
Rally Auto Group President Larry
Mayle and his team. The dealership is at 438 Auto Vista Drive.
Rally Auto Group announced it acquired Antelope Valley Kia from Ricky
Clutter in January. The purchase price of the dealership was not disclosed.
The dealership was re-established on a six-acre site at 438 Auto Vista
Drive, a location twice as big as its previous home. The move was part of
a location re-alignment by the Rally Auto Group that included putting all
its General Motors brands together. The group also owns a Hyundai
dealership, which already has its own building.
The new dealership can hold between 400 and 500 cars on its lot. The
showroom accommodates six vehicles at a time.
Kia’s North American sales set a new company record in 2010 with
356,268 cars sold, an increase of 18.7% over 2009.
The company attributed its sales growth to the introduction of four new
vehicles: Sorento, Sportage, Optima and the five-door Forte. The
company said the new designs have “attracted new and more affluent
customers to its showrooms.”
Globally, Kia sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2010, an increase of
26.5% over 2009, the company reported.
Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Hyundai. Other auto dealers in the Palmdale
Auto Mall include Robertson’s Palmdale Honda, Antelope Valley Nissan and
Antelope Valley Volkswagen. The Palmdale Auto Mall boasts more than 25
brands and more than 3,000 cars to choose from. Palmdale Supercycle, at
38910 Carriage Way, offers a wide selection of motorcycles.