Kia's dealer council chief hopes that output of vehicles bound for the United States will grow to help maintain the brand's momentum in 2012. Kia's U.S. sales rose 36 percent in 2011 compared with 2010.
Don Hobden, chairman of Kia's national dealer council, particularly wants more production of the Optima, Soul and Rio.
"I hope to have the answer to that after NADA," Hobden said. "I don't know what officially the outlook for inventory is, and I don't know what kind of sales gains [Kia] is expecting at this time of the year."
He is managing executive of The Kia Store's six dealerships in Kentucky, Indiana and Alabama.
Hobden, who called Kia's 2011 performance an "all-around win," expects any growth targets or projections to be more modest than the brand's results last year.
Hobden acknowledged that high global demand has maxed out Kia's global production capacity.