|Kia Motors global sales up 1.9% through third quarter of 2013||13-10-11|
- 2,074,196 Kia vehicles sold globally through September for 1.9% cumulative year-on-year gain
- September sales in Europe, China and General Markets posted year-on-year sales growth of 3.7%, 2.5% and 1.3%, respectively
(SEOUL) October 11, 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 through September 2013, recording a total of 2,074,196 units sold. This figure represents a 1.9% cumulative year-on-year increase through the third quarter of 2013.
In September, Kia posted a year-on-year sales increase in Europe* of 3.7% (58,045 units sold) along with positive gains in China of 2.5% (47,838 units sold) and General Markets* of 1.3% (50,568 units sold). China also experienced the highest cumulative gain to date in 2013 of 18.6% (422,535 units sold), followed by Europe 2.9% (445,916 units sold).
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of September was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 41,021 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 35,096 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and the A-segment Picanto followed with 30,013, 20,834 and 17,046 units sold, respectively. This was the first time in 2013 that the Kia Picanto entered the monthly top five selling models in 2013.
Soon Nam Lee, vice president of Kia Motors’ overseas marketing group said, “We believe with this month’s launch of the all-new and totally transformed Kia Soul, we can expect further brand momentum for Kia in the fourth quarter and beyond.”
* ‘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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