Kia Motors Posts 20.1% Increase in 2009 Global Sales

Seoul, Jan 15, 2010 - (ACN Newswire) - Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures for passenger cars (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants), recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for 2009 which reached an all-time high of 1,651,920 units sold, cementing Kia's position as one of the world's fasting growing automakers. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 20.1%.

By region, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China (256,732 units sold, a 69.9% year-on-year increase), Korea (412,752 units sold, a 30.4% year-on-year increase), general markets (304,522 units, a 16.2% year-on-year increase), North America (346,181 units, a 11.3% year-on-year increase) and Western Europe (242,288 units, a 7.7% year-on-year increase).

For the month of December 2009, significant double digit sales growth was achieved in China (35,010 units sold, a 107.0% year-on-year increase), Korea (46,523 units sold, a 69.1% year-on-year increase), North America (23,693 units sold, a 45.5% year-on-year increase), Europe* (28,073 units sold, a 40.6% year-on-year increase) and general markets (29,417 units sold, a 31.4% year-on-year increase).

About KIA Motors

Kia Motors Corporation, a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart, was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world's premier automotive brands. Nearly 1.5 million vehicles a year are produced in 13 manufacturing and assembly operations in eight countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 172 countries. Kia today has over 40,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$14.5 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup -- as well as a EUROTOP partner of UEFA. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation. For more information, please visit www.kiamotors.com.

Source: KIA Motors

Contact:

Kia Motors Media Contact 
Michael Choo 
Deputy General Manager 
Overseas Communication Team 
Tel: +82-2-3464-5663 
mjc@kia.co.kr 

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