Kia has announced its global sales figures for passenger cars (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants), recreational vehicles (RVs), and commercial vehicles for October 2009, recording a total of 148,583 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 34.6 per cent.
By region, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China (24,896 units sold, a 119.3 per cent year-on-year increase), North America (26,093 units sold, a 41.7 per cent year-on-year increase), general markets (29,621 units sold, a 31.7 per cent year-on-year increase), Europe (31,956 units, a 30.1 per cent year-on-year increase) and Korea (39,017 units, a 7.2 per cent year-on-year increase).
Cumulatively, through the first ten months of 2009, Kia's global sales increased by 13.9 per cent year-on-year and reached 1,336,378 units. The Chinese market experienced the highest gain with 191,765 units sold to date, representing a 54.8 per cent increase. Korea, general markets, and North America showed cumulative year-on-year sales increases of 24.6 per cent (327,542 units sold), 12.6 per cent (243,530 units sold) and 8.8 per cent (301,069 units sold), respectively.
To date in 2009, Kia's best selling model in overseas markets has been the C-segment Cerato with 237,402 units sold. Kia's B-segment Rio and Sportage compact SUV compete closely for second with 141,929 and 141,564 units sold, respectively. The C-segment cee'd comes fourth with 102,963 units sold, and the Picanto rounds up the top five with 84,761 units sold.
In terms of vehicle category sold overseas, Kia's passenger and recreational vehicles achieved year-on-year increases in October of 53.2 per cent (73,037 units) and 40.9 per cent (36,621 units), respectively.
"We are thrilled to that October proved to be another successful month for Kia," said Mr Hyoung-Keun Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation. "We will continue to build on this momentum by providing customers with vehicles for the young-at-heart, which are both stylish and fuel efficient."
with Kia Australia