102,664 Kia vehicles sold globally in February Sales in general markets, Korea, China and North America post year-on-year sales growth of 24.9%, 13.5%, 3.3% and 0.5%, respectively. Strong sales in the Middle East & Africa represent an 83.9% year-on-year increase
(SEOUL) March, 2009 -- Kia Motors Corporation announced today that it has continued to gain market share in general markets, Korea, China and North America posting sales growth of 24.9%, 13.5%, 3.3% and 0.5%, respectively.
By region, Kia posted large year-on-year sales increases in general markets (21,336 units sold, a 24.9% year-on-year increase) and Korea (27,307 units sold, a 13.5% year-on-year increase). Meanwhile, sales of Kia vehicles continued to grow in China and North America at 11,126 units (a 3.3% year-on-year increase) and 24,294 units (a 0.5% year-on-year increase), respectively.
Sales in the Middle East & Africa were particularly strong in February with 13,922 units sold, representing an 83.9% year-on-year increase.
Cumulatively through the first two months of 2009, Kia's global sales increased in general markets, Korea and North America. General markets experienced the largest gain, selling 40,411 units to date representing a 20.2% increase, while the Korean and North American markets have shown cumulative year-on-year sales growth of 7.1% (49,363 units sold) and 1.8% (48,215 units sold), respectively.
So far in 2009, Kia's best selling model in overseas markets has been the C-segment Kia Spectra with 29,128 units sold. It is followed by a group of two vehicles: the B-segment Kia Rio with 20,034 units sold and Kia Sportage compact SUV with 20,024 units sold. The C-segment cee'd and A-segment Picanto round out the top five selling models with 13,898 and 11,839 units sold, respectively.
In terms of vehicle category sold overseas, Kia's recreational vehicles achieved an increase of 8.5% year-on-year, selling 29,752 units in February.
Hyoung-Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of the International Business Division, Kia Motors Corporation, said,
Despite the current economic crisis, and its impact on the automotive industry, we saw strong growth in February, particularly in the general markets. We are encouraged by these figures and are confident that we are well positioned with our new Kia Soul urban crossover and next-generation Kia Spectra (known as ‘Forte' in some markets) becoming fully available later this year.
* Global sales figures are based upon CBU export sales and sales from overseas and Korean production plants
** Includes figures from Western and Eastern European markets
***General markets includes the regions of Central and South America, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa