Kia Motors posts 26.5% global sales growth in 2010
- 2,089,355 Kia vehicles sold globally in 2010 for a 26.5% year-on-year increase
- 2010 sales in general markets, China, North America, Europe and Korea post year-on-year sales growth of 47.1%, 38.3%, 18.5%, 18.1%, and 17.4%, respectively
- Cerato (Forte) is Kia’s best selling overseas model in 2010 with over 400,000 units delivered
For the month of December 2010, double digit sales growth was achieved in North America (33,483 units sold, a 41.3% year-on-year increase), general markets (37,179 units, a 26.4% year-on-year increase) and Europe (31,187 units sold, a 11.1% year-on-year increase). China (34,194 units sold) and Korea (45,216 units sold) saw a slight decrease in December year-on-year sales, falling by 2.3% and 2.8%, respectively.
Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets in 2010 was the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) with 403,303 units sold. Kia’s Sportage compact CUV and B-segment Rio followed with 207,922 and 205,351 units sold, respectively. The Sorento mid-size CUV came in fourth with 174,892 units sold, while the Soul urban crossover vehicle rounded out the top five with 135,407 units sold.
“All of us at Kia Motors are encouraged to have ended 2010 by setting a new all-time global sales mark of in excess of 2 million vehicles. Despite the fact that the global economic recovery is still unfolding at a slow pace, we look forward to maintaining our momentum in 2011 as we push forward with our ongoing aggressive new product launch cycle with the introduction of the next generation Picanto A-segment and Rio B-segment volume sellers later this year,” commented Thomas Oh, Senior Executive Vice President & COO, Kia Motors Corporation.
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