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17 Jul 09 14:32
Korean KIA Motors posts 22.4% increase in June global sales
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Globally in June month 158,394 Kia vehicles were sold in Korea, China, and general markets post year-on-year sales growth of 78.6 percent, 63.3 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively

Cumulative sales in 2009 reached 749,328 units, representing a 4.5 percent year-on-year increase Cumulatively in 2009, Korea, China and general markets, posted year-on-year sales growth rates of 25.0 percent, 22.1 percent and 14.1 percent, respectively


SEOUL July 13, 2009 Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales, and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs), and commercial vehicles for June 2009, recording a total of 158,394 units sold. This marks a year-on-year increase of 22.4 percent.


By region, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in Korea 46,006 units sold, a 78.6 percent year-on-year increase, China 22,579 units, a 63.3 percent year-on-year increase), and general markets 25,988 units sold, a 3.4 percent year-on-year increase).


Cumulatively, through the first six months of 2009, Kia’s global sales increased by 4.5 percent year-on-year and reached 749,328 units. The Korean market experienced the highest gain selling 192,524 units to date, representing a 25.0 percent increase.


Chinese and general markets showed cumulative year-on-year sales increases of 22.1 percent 97,376 units sold and 14.1 percent 136,277 units sold, respectively.


To date in 2009, Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets has been the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Spectra’ or ‘Forte’ in some markets) with 123,480 units sold. The B-segment Rio and Sportage compact SUV competed closely for second with 76,696 and 76,200 units sold, respectively. Meanwhile, the C-segment cee’d and A-segment Picanto round out the top five with 61,632 and 45,961 units sold, respectively.


In terms of vehicle category sold overseas, Kia’s recreational and passenger vehicles achieved year-on-year increases in June of 22.0 percent 38,867 units and 2.7 percent 70,740 units, respectively.

Hyoung-Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of the International Business Division, Kia Motors Corporation, said “We are delighted to see that sales of Kia vehicles have remained strong through the first half of this year, and we are confident that we will continue to grow in 2009. Despite a challenging industry environment, we believe we are well-positioned to continue to gain share in many of the world’s major markets this year.”
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