• 23-JUL-2020

Kia Motors announces Q2 2020 business results

  • Global vehicle sales totaled 516,050 units in Q2, down 27.8% y/y
  • Q2 sales revenue of KRW 11.37 trillion, down 21.6% y/y, 
  • Q2 operating profit at KRW 145.1 billion, down 72.8% y/y
  • Global economic activity and auto demand affected by COVID-19 pandemic
  • Kia to protect profitably with improved product mix and innovative new models

Kia Motors Corporation today announced a 27.8 percent year-on-year decrease in its global vehicle sales in Q2 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted auto demand around the world.

The company sold a total of 516,050 vehicles on a wholesale basis in the April-June period, compared with 714,829 units during the second quarter of 2019. Strong consumer demand in Korea helped mitigate the negative impacts caused by the spread of COVID-19 in other regions, including the US, Europe, and India. Sales in Korea increased to 161,548 units during Q2, up 26.8 percent, while sales outside Korea fell 39.7 percent to 354,502 units over the same period.

Kia Motors recorded sales revenue of KRW 11.37 trillion in Q2 of 2020, 21.6 percent lower than the KRW 14.51 trillion reported over the same period in 2019. Operating profit decreased to KRW 145.1 billion, down 72.8 percent year-on-year. Quarterly net profit declined to KRW 126.3 billion, 75 percent lower than Q2 in 2019.

Despite reduced sales in many regions, however, an improved product mix, coupled with favourable exchange rates, helped limit the decline in revenue and profit as the company’s latest SUV models, such as the all-new Sorento, Seltos and Telluride, proved popular.

1H business results

Kia sold a total of 1,164,735 vehicles in the first half, down 15.4 percent, year-on-year. Sales in Korea reached 278,287 units, a 14.6 percent increase from the previous year, while overseas sales declined 21.8 percent, year-on-year, to 886,448 units.

First-half sales revenue fell 3.8 percent, year-on-year, to KRW 25.94 trillion; operating profit for the first six months fell 47.7 percent to KRW 589.6 billion. Net profit fell 66 percent to 392.3 billion won.

Prospects and Plans

To fight the adverse market environment stemming from the pandemic, the company plans to guard profitability and market competitiveness with pioneering new models, while optimizing production capacity to best cope with the recovery in market demand.

Furthermore, Kia will continue its risk management efforts to minimize the impacts of the COVID-19 to its businesses. The company is implementing various schemes to support customers, such as launching new models online.

Despite the tough business environment, Kia will continue to focus on realizing its ‘Plan S’ mid- to long-term strategy. Under Plan S, Kia aims to proactively introduce 11 battery electric vehicles and increase its operating profit margin to 6 percent by 2025.

Kia Motors Corporation 2020 1H Business Results (K-IFRS)

* Revenue / Operating Profit / Net Profit including minority interests: KRW billion
* Net Profit includes non-controlling interest


2020 Q22019 Q2
Sales (in units)516,050714,829
Rest of The World354,502587,484
Operating Profit145.1533.6
Net Profit126.3505.4

2020 1H2019 1H
Rest of The World886,4481,133,314
Operating Profit589.61,127.7
Net Profit392.31,154.5

A. The above results are tentative consolidated business results under “Korean International Financial Reporting Standards (K-IFRS)”
B. The above results are preliminary and unaudited. Figures are subject to change after official audit.
C. The above sales volumes are based on wholesales.
D. For further information, please refer to the company website

Presentation material is available for download on the Company IR website – IR Calendar (http://pr.kia.com/en/company/ir/ir-library/business-results.do)