- 179,409 Kia vehicles sold globally in January for 19.3% year-on-year growth
- January sales in general markets, North America, Korea, China and Europe post year-on-year sales growth of 31.4%, 25.7%, 19.1%, 13.6% and 6.8%, respectively
(SEOUL) February 9, 2011 -- 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 January 2011, recording a total of 179,409 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 19.3%.
In January, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in all regions of the world ? 31.4% in general markets* (40,374 units sold), 25.7% in North America (30,838 units sold), 19.1% in Korea (40,502 units sold), 13.6% in China (40,776 units sold), and 6.8% in Europe* (26,919 units sold).
Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets for the month of January was the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) with 39,668 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV and B-segment Rio follow with 23,185 and 17,348 units sold, respectively. The Sorento mid-size CUV comes in fourth with 13,774 units sold and the Soul urban crossover vehicle rounds out the top five with 10,891 units sold.
Senior Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, Thomas Oh, said, “With some encouraging signs of recovery coming out of many major markets around the world and the impending launch of the next generation A-segment Picanto and B-segment Rio later this year, we at Kia are confident we will achieve our 2011 global retail sales target of 2,345,000 units which represents a 12% increase compared to 2010.”
* ‘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 2.1 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 44,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$20 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.