Kia Motors Posts 3% Global Sales Growth in May
In May, Kia posted a year-on-year sales increases in China of 23.4% (50,238 units sold) and 0.3% in Europe (52,913 units sold). Meanwhile, May sales in Kia's domestic market of Korea, general markets* and North America decreased by 3.1% (39,500 units sold); 2.0% (44,641 units sold) and 0.6% (59,885 units sold), correspondingly. Cumulatively through the first five months of 2013, Kia's global sales have increased by 3.1% year-on-year to reach 1,139,885 units.
Kia's bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of May was the B-segment Rio (known as 'K2' in China) with 44,915 units sold. The C-segment Cerato (known as 'Forte' or 'K3' in some markets) was the second best seller with 35,237 units delivered, while the Sportage compact CUV, Optima D-segment sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 32,973, 23,387 and 17,470 units sold, respectively.