Kia Motors Corporation announced today its 2015 full-year global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of -2,916,118 units sold. This figure represents a 0.3% cumulative year-on-year increase compared to 2014.
In 2015, Kia posted a year-on-year sale increase in Korea and North America of 13.4% (527,500 units sold) and 6.7% (693,732 units sold), respectively.
For the month of December 2015, global sales of Kia vehicles grew by 10.5%. Sales in China, North America and Korea grew by 28.1% (88,531 units sold), 18.2% (57,843 units sold) and 11.1% (53,330 units sold), respectively, in December.
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during 2015 was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 466,573 units sold. The Sportage compact SUV was the second best seller with 399,969 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and Soul urban crossover followed with 357,796, 308,683 and 203,518 units sold, respectively.
On a shipment basis, Kia surpassed the 3 million vehicle sales mark for the second consecutive year with 3,050,908 vehicles sold in 2015 versus 3,041,685 units sold in 2014.