KIA Global Sales up 13.4pc in Marc image

Kia Motors, the world’s fifth-biggest carmaker has recorded a total of 245,238 units – passenger and commercial vehicles in global sales during March, marking a year-on-year rise of 13.4 percent.

Last month, the South Korean automaker sold 44,522 vehicles in Central and South America, the
Caribbean, Asia (excluding China and Korea), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa. – 8 percent more compared to March 2011.

In its home country, Kia has sold 42,050 vehicles, down 8.8 percent, while in North America rose by 29.4 percent to 64,133 units. In the United States, March marked the first time Kia topped 50,000 units in a single month and the brand’s 19th straight monthly sales record. Vehicles that achieve more than 30 mpg accounted for more than 80 percent of sales in March.

In Europe, sales were up by 19.3 percent to 54,106 units and China sales increased by 19.1 percent to 40,427 units.

Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of March was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 42,771 units sold.

The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 32,325 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets), D-segment Optima sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 29,429, 24,333 and 18,437 units sold, respectively.