Cumulatively, through the first nine months of 2008, KIA's global sales increased by 14.4 percent year-on-year and reached 1,062,379 units. China experienced the largest gains in sales of 38.1 percent selling 112,502 units.
"The total volume of sales remains solid across all markets, even considering the uncertain economic times we are facing." Senior Executive Vice President and COO of the International Business Division Hyoung-Keun Lee said, "During the first nine months, KIA Motors has performed strongly in all markets, particularly through our significant gains achieved in China and general markets. Entering the final quarter, we will continue to monitor the global sales patterns prudently."
So far in 2008, KIA's best selling model in overseas markets has been the Cerato (known as 'Spectra' in some markets) with 154,929 units sold. It is closely followed by the Rio at 121,896 units, Cee'd at 116,097 units and Sportage (pictured) at 111,870 units. The Picanto rounds out the group with 74,915 units sold.