(SEOUL) February 7, 2014 -- Kia Motors Corporation announced today its January 2013 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 216.606 units sold. This figure represents a 2.6% year-on-year increase compared to the same month of 2012.
In January, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China (8.5% growth with 40,173 units sold), Europe* (2.7% growth with 39,093 units sold), general markets** (2.4% growth with 40,173 units sold) and North America (2.3% growth with 40,894 units sold).
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during January 2013 was the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets) with 38,104 units sold. The B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) was the second best seller with 36,400 units sold, while the Sportage compact CUV, Optima D-segment sedan and mid-size Sorento CUV followed with 33,315, 18,144 and 13,860 units sold, respectively.
Thomas Oh, Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corp., said, “It is encouraging to kick-off 2014 with positive sales momentum in all of our major overseas markets. The Kia brand has truly evolved into a major mainstream player in the industry in recent years. With suprising new products that cover the entire spectrum, from our recently launched K900 luxury sedan in the US to our first global full-electric vehicle – the Soul EV – which will go on sale later this year, we are excited about continuing to delight the world’s auto consumers in 2014.”
*‘Europe’ includes both Western and Eastern European markets.
**‘General markets’ include the regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China and Korea), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
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 10 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 around 48,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$43 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.