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Kia Motors posts 6.4% Global Sales Growth in November


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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Dec 14, 2012: Kia Motors Corporation has announced its global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for November 2012, recording a total of 234,069 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 6.4%.

In November, Kia posted a year-on-year sales increases of 13.8% in Korea (44,400 units sold); 13.6% in China (55,300 units sold); 11.7% in North America (46,774 units sold); and 0.8% in Europe* (46,331 units sold). Meanwhile, November sales in general markets* decreased by 7.3% (41,264 units sold).

Cumulatively through the first 11 months of 2012, Kia’s global sales have increased by 10.3% year-on-year to reach 2,497,002 units. Europe, North America and China have experienced the highest cumulative gains to date in 2012 of 19.8% (528,666 units sold), 17.6% (592,261 units sold), and 10.7% (458,956 units sold), respectively.

Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets for the month of November was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 37,651 units sold. The C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) was the second best seller with 33,309 units delivered, while Sportage compact CUV, D-segment Optima sedan and Sorento midsize CUV followed with 30,364; 22,153; and 19,107 units sold, respectively.

Tae-Hyun (Thomas) Oh, Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, said, “The successful launch of the all-new Cerato (Forte / K3) in the local Korean market has propelled Korea to its highest year-on-year monthly sales gain for the first time in 2012. These results coupled with the successful North American premiere of the all-new Forte at the Los Angeles Auto Show, are tell-tale signs that we are headed in the right direction and can expect continued positive sales momentum as we approach 2013.”