Kia Motors Corporation announced January 2019 global sales figures for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 208,908 units sold, which represents a 1.2 percent year-on-year increase.
Overseas sales increased 2.2 percent compared to the previous year, posting 170,898 units. Sportage sales rose by 25.8 percent from the same month last year with 37,880 units sold, while the Soul (including Soul EV) recorded 14,463 units or a 56.2 percent increase.
Sales in Korea totaled 38,010 units, representing a decrease of 2.8 percent from the same month of 2018. K Series models (K3, K5, K7, K9) continued to generate solid sales, totaling 11,482 units which represents a 45.4 percent rise from the year prior.
Kia’s best-selling model in global markets in January was Sportage SUV with 40,635 units sold. Rio subcompact sedan was the second-best seller with 23,718 units sold, followed by Forte compact sedan with 19,956 units sold.
Kia Motors expects to build momentum with aggressive forays into emerging markets and introduction of new models, while granting greater autonomy to its regional headquarters to swiftly respond to market trends and customer needs. The company plans to strengthen efforts to gain global leadership in eco-friendly vehicles.
* Sales in Korea are based on retail sales while overseas sales (global sales excluding Korea) are based on wholesale.
* Monthly sales figures provided in this press release are unaudited and on a preliminary basis.