KIA Motors Corporation : Kia Motors posts 13.3% global sales growth in September
10/11/2012| 06:03am US/Eastern
Kia Motors posts 13.3% global sales growth in September
- 246,733 Kia vehicles sold in September for 13.3% year-on-year growth
- September sales in North America, general markets, Europe and China post year-on-year sales growth of 31.3%, 23.6%, 18.5% and 1.1%, respectively
(SEOUL) October 9, 2012 - 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 for September 2012, recording a total of 246,733 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 13.3%.
In September, Kia posted strong year-on-year sales increases of 31.3% in North America (55,135 units sold); 23.6% in general markets* (49,911 units sold); 18.5% in Europe* (55,981 units sold); and 1.1% in China (46,676 units
sold). Meanwhile, September sales in Kia's home market of Korea decreased by 7.0% (39,030 units sold) year-on-year.
Cumulatively through the first nine months of 2012, Kia's global sales have increased by 11.3% year-on-year to reach 2,034,787 units. Europe, North America and China have experienced the highest cumulative gains to date in 2012 of 23.9% (433,167 units sold), 18.5% (496,607 units sold), and 10.7% (356,147 units sold), respectively.
Kia's best selling model in overseas markets for the month of September was the B-segment Rio (known as 'K2' in China) with 43,552 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 35,098 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as 'Forte' in some markets), D-segment Optima sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 31,062; 24,374; and 19,831 units sold, respectively