…As Rio, Sportage Remain Bestselling Models
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]outh Korean leading auto maker, Kia Motors started this year on a successful note, as it within February alone, recorded global sales of over 200,000 vehicles.
As announced by the company in a release made available to Motoring World on Monday (today), the figure covers export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants. From sales of passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, Kia recorded total sales of 214,219 units, representing represents 2.6% year-on-year growth compared to the same month of 2015.
At the end of the month under review, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in North America (12.2% growth with 54,118 units sold), Europe (11.0% growth with 43,216 units sold) and the domestic Korean market (10.5% growth with 39,110 units sold).
Cumulatively through the first two months of 2016, Kia’s global sales totalled 418,881 units for a year-on-year decrease of 0.5%. Korea (77,615 units sold), Europe (81,662 units sold) and North America (96,024 units sold) have seen a 7.7%, 6.7% and 6.4% rise in sales, respectively.
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during February 2016 was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 33,552 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 32,052 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 22,452, 19,548 and 14,761 units sold, respectively