General global markets experienced the largest gain with 19,075 more units sold that month than for the same time last year. Cash strapped North America also registered an increase with a surprising 23,921 units purchased - this result even bettering the brand's home market (Korea) sales of 22,056 units.
The Cerato remains KIA's best selling model with 15,898 units sold, followed by the Sportage compact SUV (pictured above) on 10,429 units and Rio on 10,144.
Cee'd took fourth place with 6,741 units and Picanto rounds out the group with 5,234 units.
Hyoung-Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of the International Business Division, said, "KIA Motors continues to scrupulously monitor and manage its business during these challenging economic times. This month, North America experienced steady growth, while other automakers reported substantial losses. With our new Soul urban crossover and next-generation Cerato becoming fully available in many markets early this year, we are confident that KIA Motors will continue to grow throughout 2009."