The FINANCIAL -- Kia Motors Corporation announced on August 5, its July 2015 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 230,227 units sold.
In July, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in the domestic Korean market (13.9% growth with 48,202 units sold) and North America (5.8% growth with 62,013 units sold), according to Kia Media Center.
Cumulatively through the first seven months of 2015, Kia's global sales totalled 1,667,575 units for a -0.9% year-on-year decrease. Korea (290,784 units sold) and North America (408,750 units sold) have seen an 11.4% and 4.0% rise in sales, respectively, through July 2015.
Kia's bestselling model in overseas markets during July 2015 was the B-segment Rio (known as 'K2' in China) with 38,500 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 28,993 units sold, while the C-segment Cerato (known as 'Forte' or 'K3' in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and Soul urban crossover followed with 22,691, 20,325 and 18,760 units sold, respectively.
Meanwhile, Kia kicked off official retail sales in Mexico in July with 1,499 units sold through its initial network of 21 dealerships. This figure is more than double the previous sales mark achieved by any other automaker in its fist month of sales in the country, according to data from Urban Science, a company specializing in data analysis for the automotive sector. Kia plans to add an additional 25 dealerships in Mexico by the end of 2015 to bring the total number dealerships to 46.