Kia Motors Corporation announced its August 2016 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 224,533 units sold. This figure represents a 4.8% year-on-year increase compared to the same month of 2015.
In August, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China (59.2% growth with 43,091 units sold), Western Europe (16.1% growth with 26,820 units sold) and general markets (3.3% growth with 42,555 units sold).
Cumulatively through the first eight months of 2016, Kia’s global sales totalled 1,938,113 units for a year-on-year increase of 3.0%. Western Europe (293,371 units sold), Korea (358,160 units sold), North America (492,007 units sold) and China (376,530 units sold) have seen a 14.7%, 7.7% 3.8% and 1.2% rise in sales, respectively.
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during August 2016 was the Sportage compact CUV with 37,400 units sold. The B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) was the second best seller with 33,762 units sold, while the C-segment Cerato (Known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets), Optima midsized sedan and Soul urban crossover followed with 30,399, 19,804 and 16,635 units sold, respectively.
About Kia Motors Corporation
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of world-class quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 3 million Kia vehicles a year are produced at 14 Kia manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 180 countries.
Kia today has over 50,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of nearly US$44 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation’s brand slogan – “The Power to Surprise” – represents the company’s global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.