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Kia Motors Global Sales Up 2.7% through First Quarter of 2013


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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – April 11, 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 March 2013, recording a total of 653,361 units sold. This figure represents a 2.7% year-on-year increase for the first quarter of 2013.

In March, Kia posted a year-on-year sales increase in China of 19.6% (48,364 units sold) along with positive gains in Europe of 6.6% (57,651 units sold). China also experienced the highest cumulative gain to date in 2013 of 23.9% (144,559 units sold), followed by Europe and General Markets with 5.5% (135,571 units sold) and 1.8% (123,898 units sold), respectively.

Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of March was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 44,371 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 32,966 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 32,799, 23,981 and 17,402 units sold, respectively.