During last month, Kia posted strong double-digit sales increases in all regions of the world: 41.8% in North America (49,573 units sold), 21.3% in Korea (46,100 units sold), 17.9% in China (33,951 units sold), 17.4% in general markets (41,237 units sold), and 12.1% in Europe (45,358 units sold).
If we add the other two months of this year, Kia’s global sales during the first quarter have increased by 20.0% compared to a year ago to reach 565,355 units. North America and general markets have experienced the highest gains to date in 2011 - 35.3% (117,087 units sold) and 21.1% (119,187 units sold), respectively.
The Korean carmaker's best-selling model in overseas markets was the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) with 35,907 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV and B-segment Rio follow with 26,922 and 21,273 units sold, respectively. The Sorento mid-size CUV comes in fourth with 18,195 units shifted and the Soul urban crossover vehicle rounds out the top five with 17,140 global deliveries.
“March was another milestone month for Kia Motors as we celebrated our 10 millionth cumulative export. Meanwhile, the final sales figures for March are very encouraging – not only due to fact that all of our major sales regions experienced robust double digit growth, but also because we are seeing a very healthy balance in the distribution of sales among each of these regions,” said Senior Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors Corporation, Thomas Oh.