2,537,466 Kia vehicles sold globally through November for 1.6% cumulative year-on-year gain
November sales in North America, Europe, general markets and China post year-on-year sales growth of 8.9%, 6.1%, 4.8% and 1.0%, respectively
(SEOUL) December 9, 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 for November 2013, recording a total of 238,167 units sold. This figure represents a 1.8% year-on-year increase compared to the same month of 2012.
In November, Kia posted a year-on-year sales increases in North America (8.9%, 50,921 units sold), Europe (6.1%, 49,179 units sold), general markets (4.8%, 43,241 units sold) and China (1.0%, 55,874 units sold). Cumulatively through the first eleven months of 2013, Kia has posted global sales of 2,537,466 units for a 1.6% year-on-year gain, with China and Europe leading the way with growth of 14.7% (526,525 units sold) and 3.3% (546,298 units sold), respectively.
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of November was the Sportage compact CUV with 38,355 units sold. The B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) closely followed with 38,056 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and the midsize Sorento CUV followed with 32,399, 18,869 and 16,597 units sold, respectively.
Founded in 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, Kia is currently Korea’s second largest car manufacturer and it’s oldest. From the company’s production of Korea’s first domestic bicycle, Kia moved on to producing Korea’s first motorcycle and the country’s first truck. Kia then became the first company in Korea to locally produce petrol car engines and the first domestic diesel engine. In 1979, Kia’s quality car production was recognised by the fact that two of the world’s leading European car makers chose the Korean car maker to build their ‘range topper’ models on their behalf – the Peugeot 604 and Fiat 132. But it was in the 1980s that Kia’s growth really took off. In 1986 Ford joined the list of car makers who looked to Kia to produce cars to be sold under their name, with the Festiva joining Ford’s line up first in the USA, then across the world, including in Australia for where Kia produced two generations of Ford’s entry-level car. Today, Kia produces a remarkably diverse range of vehicles sold in 190 countries around the world.
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