Kia hits 1 million (vehicles sold) mark in the first half of 2010
While the rest of the auto industry is slowly gaining their way back to respectability, no other car brand can say that they’ve posted as big a turnaround in 2010 like Kia.
The Korean manufacturer’s global sales numbers this year for all of its vehicles, including passenger cars, recreational, and commercial vehicles have been astounding, to say the least. In only six months, Kia has already sold over 1 million vehicles all over the world, which is an increase of over 34.1% from its sales numbers a year ago.
Kia’s sales gain covers a lot of the world’s biggest car markets, including those of China, which posted a staggering 75.6% gain from the same time last year. In Europe, Kia likewise posted a 26.7% bump in sales volume and in North America, a 16% increase from its numbers in 2009. As for the rest of the world, which pretty much covers all markets from South America, Asia – excluding South Korea and China – the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific region, Kia’s sales increase for the first six months of 2010 broke the 50% plateau, settling in at 57.3%.
Needless to say, the unprecedented success of the brand comes as a great source of delight for the company. “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,” said Hyoung-Keun Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation.
“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."
With momentum firmly on their side, the second half of 2010 is fast shaping up to be a strong period for Kia, which, if form holds, would make their year about as awesome as any automaker has had in recent memory.