|Kia Motors records 13.9% global sales growth in January||13-02-13|
- January sales in China, Europe, Korea, General Markets and North America post year-on-year sales growth of 50.3%, 6.3%, 6.0%, 4.1%, and 1.7%, respectively
(SEOUL) February 8, 2013 -- 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 January 2013, recording a total of 211,088 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 13.9%.
In January, Kia posted a strong double digit year-on-year sales increase in China of 50.3% (57,575 units sold) along with positive gains in all of its other major sales regions – 6.3% in Europe* (38,059 units sold), 6.0%% in Korea (36,250 units sold), 4.1% in General Markets* (39,229 units sold) and 1.7% in North America (39,975 units sold). It was the highest total global January sales ever for Kia.
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of January was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 35,860 units sold. The C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) was the second best seller with 33,940 units delivered, while the Sportage compact CUV, Optima D-segment sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 30,565, 19,962 and 14,881 units sold, respectively.
Tae-Hyun (Thomas) Oh, Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, said, “It’s always great to kick off a new year with double-digit year-on-year sales growth, and we are particularly pleased to see China perform so amazingly well. We expect our momentum there to continue, and our third China plant, which we broke ground on last year, will be a catalyst for continued growth in this strategically significant market.”
* ‘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.
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. Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in nine manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$42 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 surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.
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