- 187,251 Kia vehicles sold globally in September for 20.6% year-on-year growth
- September sales in general markets, North America, China, Europe and Korea post year-on-year sales growth of 44.4%, 33.2%, 24.8%, and 8.7% and 3.0%, respectively
(SEOUL) October 8, 2010 -- Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures for passenger cars (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants), recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for September 2010, recording a total of 187,251 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 20.6%.
In September, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in all regions of the world ? 44.4% in general markets* (41,425 units sold), 33.2% in North America (34,816 units sold), 24.8% in China (31,645 units sold), 8.7% in Europe* (39,174 units sold) and 3.0% in Korea (40,191 units sold).
Cumulatively, through the first nine months of 2010, Kia’s global sales have increased by 30.2% year-on-year to reach 1,546,608 units. General markets and China have experienced the highest gains to date in 2010 of 57.5% (336,941 units sold) and 51.7% (253,119 units sold), respectively.
The remaining regions have all showed strong cumulative double digit year-on-year sales increases: 22.3% in Europe (294,091 units sold), 20.8% in Korea (352,100 units sold), and 12.9% in North America (310,357 units sold).
Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets for the month of September was the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) with 36,981 units sold. The B-segment Rio and Sportage compact CUV follow with 19,056 and 18,866 units sold, respectively. The Sorento mid-size CUV comes in fourth with 16,143 units sold and the Soul urban crossover vehicle rounds out the top five with 11,839 units sold.
Vice Chairman of Kia Motors Corporation, Hyoung-Keun Lee, said, “These are exciting times for the Kia brand as we are seeing our new generation of products like the recently launched all-new Sportage CUV and Optima sedan gain favorable acceptance by the media and consumers for their chic, striking styling and vastly improved, fuel efficient powertrains ? not to mention all the modern high-tech convenience and safety features that are driving home our value proposition to the world’s consumers.”
“Building on this strong momentum for the brand, we will be launching our class-leading gasoline electric Optima hybrid at the end of this year as the next step in our plans to fortify the Kia product line-up with our EcoDynamics range of environmentally friendly vehicles,” he added.
* ‘General markets’ include the regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China and Korea), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa. ‘Europe’ includes both Western and Eastern European markets.
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Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world's premier automotive brands. Over 1.5 million vehicles a year are produced in 13 manufacturing and assembly operations in eight countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 172 countries. Kia today has over 42,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$14.6 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.