Kia's Global Sales Surpass 1 Million Mark in the First Half of 2010

Kia Motors Corp. saw its overall global sales of passenger cars, recreational vehicles and commercial vehicles through the first six months of 2010 surpass the 1 million unit mark, recording an increase of 34.1% over the same period last year and reaching 1,004,724 units.

Percentage-wise, the highest gain came from China where sales increased by 75.6 per cent to 170,977 vehicles.

In the rest of the world, Kia posted a year-on-year increase in the first half of 2010 of 57.3% (214,319 units sold) in general markets that include the regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia (excluding China and South Korea), the Pacific, Middle East and Africa; 26.7% in Europe (194,664 units sold); 18.5% in South Korea (228,189 units sold) and 16.0% in North America (196,575 units sold).

Hyoung-Keun Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation, said: "I am encouraged to see sales of Kia vehicles around the world eclipse the 1 million unit annual mark faster than ever before in our company's history. All of our major markets are now gearing up for retail sales of the completely redesigned and re-engineered Sportage CUV, which will certainly add to our momentum and help continue strong sales for the brand in the second half of the year."