- 150,392 Kia vehicles sold globally in January
- January sales in China, general markets, Korea, Europe, and North America, post year-on-year sales growth of 235.2%, 61.1%, 54.2%, 52.4%, and 2.6%, respectively
- C-Segment Forte (Cerato) best selling Kia vehicle in January
(SEOUL) February 10, 2010 -- Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures for passenger cars (export sales, domestic sales, and sales from overseas plants), recreational vehicles (RVs), and commercial vehicles for January 2010, recording a total of 150,392 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 62.9%.
By region, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China (35,904 units sold, a 235.2% year-on-year increase), general markets (30,727 units, a 61.1% year-on-year increase), Korea (34,007 units sold, a 54.2% year-on-year increase), Europe (25,216 units sold, a 52.4% year-on-year increase), , and North America (24,538 units, a 2.6% year-on-year increase).
In January 2010, Kia's best selling model in overseas markets has been the C-segment Cerato (known as 'Forte' in some markets) with 33,499 units sold. Kia's B-segment Rio and Sportage compact SUV compete for second with 15,503 and 14,259 units sold, respectively. The Sorento mid-size SUV comes in fourth with 11,190 units sold, and the Picanto concludes the top five with 8,729 units sold.
In terms of vehicle category sold overseas, Kia's passenger and recreational vehicles achieved year-on-year increases in January of 72.0% (72,674 units) and 57.5% (40,065 units), respectively.
Hyoung-Keun Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation, said "It is encouraging that we were able to continue Kia's rapid momentum of 2009 and get off to a fast start in 2010. Our ongoing 'glocalization' efforts are further propelling the brand as our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Georgia, USA is ramping up production of the all-new Sorento while the built-in-Europe Venga is now in showrooms across Europe."
*Includes figures from Western and Eastern European markets
**General markets includes the regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa
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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. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world's premier automotive brands. Over 1.5 million vehicles a year are produced in 13 manufacturing and assembly operations in eight countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 172 countries. Kia today has over 42,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$14.6 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(tm). Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.