Kia Motors Corporation announced worldwide sales of 211,088 vehicles in January, accounting for a year-on-year increase of 13.9 percent.
The figures include passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles. In China, Kia posted a 50.3 percent year-on-year sales increase (57,575 units sold) along with positive gains in all of its other major sales regions – 6.3 percent in Europe (38,059 units sold), 6.0 percent in Korea (36,250 units sold), 4.1 percent 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.
The company’s best-selling model in overseas markets in 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.
“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,” said Tae-Hyun (Thomas) Oh, Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation.