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Kia Motors Global Sales Up 4.5% Through February


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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Marc 12, 2013: 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 through February 2013, recording a total of 408,822 units sold. This figure represents a 4.5% year-on-year increase for the first two months of 2013.

In February, Kia posted a year-on-year sales increase in Europe of 3.1% (39,861 units sold) along with positive gains in General Markets of 2.9% (40,647 units sold) and China of 1.7% (38,660 units sold). North America and Kia’s domestic market of Korea had a year-on-year sales decreases of 8.1% (45,666 units sold) and 17.8% (32,900 units sold), respectively.

Cumulatively, through the first two months of 2013, Kia’s global sales have increased by 4.5% year-on-year to reach 408,822 units. China experienced the highest cumulative gain to date in 2013 of 26.1% (96,235 units sold), followed by Europe and General Markets with 4.6% (77,920 units sold) and 3.5% (79,876 units sold), respectively. Korea and North America experienced cumulative decreases of 6.8% (69,150 units sold) and 3.7% (85,641 units sold), correspondingly.

Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of February was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 34,831 units sold. The C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) was the second best seller with 27,579 units delivered, while the Sportage compact CUV, Optima D-segment sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 25,979, 20,157 and 14,727 units sold, respectively.