Kia Motors global sales up 3.7% in October

Thursday, 12 November 2015
(SEOUL) November 9, 2015 – Kia Motors Corporation has announced its October 2015 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 251,439 units sold for a year-on-year increase of 3.7%. 

In October, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in North America (10.6% growth with 56,061 units sold) and domestic Korean market (25.9% growth with 46,605 units sold).

Cumulatively through the first ten months of 2015, Kia’s global sales totalled 2,377,284units for a 0.9% year-on-year decrease. Korea (424,139 units sold) and North America (585,735 units sold) have seen a 13.8% and 6.1% rise in sales, respectively, through October 2015.

Kia's bestselling model in overseas markets during October 2015 was the B-segment Rio (known as 'K2' in China) with 41,318 units sold. The Sportage compact SUV was the second best seller with 34,924 units sold, while the C-segment Cerato (known as 'Forte' or ‘K3’ in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and Soul urban crossover followed with 31,152, 25,766 and 17,845 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. ‘Europe’ includes both Western and Eastern European markets.

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation ( – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 10 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. Kia today has around 48,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$43 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.

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