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HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Global sales reach 263,854 units in October for 4.9% year-on-year growth
  • Kia records monthly year-on-year sales growth in China (23%), Western Europe (8.5%), Eastern Europe (7.2%) and General Market (7.1%) in October
  • Kia’s best-selling car in overseas markets in September was the Sportage compact CUV

(SEOUL) November 7, 2016 – Kia Motors Corporation announced today its October 2016 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 263,854 units sold. This figure represents a 4.9% year-on-year increase compared to the same month of 2015.
In October, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China (23% growth with 71,209 units sold), Western Europe (8.5% growth with 35,544 units sold), Eastern Europe (7.2% growth with 17,346 units sold) and general markets* (7.1% growth with 44,903 units sold).
 
Cumulatively through the first ten months of 2016, Kia’s global sales totalled 2,454,554 units for a year-on-year increase of 3.3%. Western Europe (373,615 units sold), China (504,058 units sold), North America (602,663 units sold) and Korea (436,494 units sold) have seen a 13.8%, 6.1%, 2.9% and 2.9% rise in sales, respectively.

Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during October 2016 was the Sportage compact CUV with 43,322 units sold. The B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) was the second best seller with 42,964 units sold, while the C-segment Cerato (Known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets), Optima midsized sedan and Soul urban crossover followed with 40,771, 23,513 and 17,517 units sold, respectively.

Editor’s notes: * ‘General markets’ include the regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China and Korea), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

ABOUT KIA
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.
 
For more information about Kia Motors and our products, please visit our Global Media Center atwww.kianewscenter.com.

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