- 226,818 Kia vehicles sold in July for 9% year-on-year growth - July sales in Europe, general markets, North America, and China post year-on-year sales growth of 22.8%, 12.9%, 7.5% and 2.3%, respectively
(SEOUL) August 7, 2012 – Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for July 2012, recording a total of 226,818 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 9%.
In July, Kia posted strong year-on-year sales increases of 22.8% in Europe* (50,106 units sold); 12.9% in general markets* (45,444 units sold) ; 7.5% in North America (55,757 units sold); and 2.3% in China (35,211 units sold). Meanwhile, July sales in Kia’s home market of Korea decreased by 1% (40,300 units sold) year-on-year.
Cumulatively through the first seven months of 2012, Kia’s global sales have increased by 11.6% year-on-year to reach 1,575,649 units. Europe, North America and China have experienced the highest cumulative gains to date in 2012 of 25.1% (336,197 units sold), 16.3% (383,762 units sold), and 14.2% (271,650 units sold), respectively.
Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets for the month of July was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 38,641 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 30,192 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets), D-segment Optima sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 27,039, 23,000, and 18,812 units sold, respectively.
Tae-Hyun (Thomas) Oh, Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, said, “We are pleased to have posted continued sales growth in July, and we are especially pleased to see the our general market areas take the second slot in year-on-year sales increases for the first time in 2012. We expect this momentum to continue across the board – Given that our new product launch schedule for overseas markets is very much weighted in the second half of the year – including our new Quoris flagship sedan and refreshed Sorento CUV.”