Kia sells 215,112 units in January, up 2.5%; Seltos second best-seller globally

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 03 Feb 2020

The Kia Seltos with sales of 25,499 units globally accounted for 11.85% of Kia's total sales of 215,112 units in January 2019.

Kia Motors Corporation has announced its January 2020 global sales results for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, which saw 215,112 units sold, representing a 2.5 percent rise from January 2019.

Sales in Korea decreased to 37,050 units from 38,010 units during the same period last year, factoring in reduced working days in the country as a result of the long Lunar New Year holiday. The sales were led by the third-generation, all-new K5 fastback sedan that hit the market in December 2019, as well as the continued popularity of Seltos compact SUV.

Sales outside Korea rose by 3.6 percent to 178,062 units from 171,860 a year before. The Niro crossover SUV including its HEV and PHEV models contributed to the growth with a 27.5 percent increase with 9,587 units sold.

The Sportage SUV was Kia’s best-selling model globally with 29,996 units sold, followed by the Seltos with 25,499 units and the Rio (Pride) subcompact sedan with 18,980 units.

Recently launched models such as the K5, K7, Seltos, and Mohave SUV are increasingly in demand by customers for their groundbreaking design, performance and technology, all comprehensively available at competitive prices.

Kia Motors expects new sales momentum with a ‘golden cycle’ of new models helping the company counter the low-growth trend across the global auto industry.

Kia Motors India clocks best monthly sales yet in January: 15,450 
Kia Motors India is firing on all cylinders in the domestic market. With sales of 15,450 units in January, the Korean carmaker has clocked its best monthly numbers yet, taking its six-month sales tally to 60,676. This includes 60,226 Seltos and 450 units of the soon-to-be-launched luxury Carnival MPV. 

As per Autocar Professional's analysis, Kia Motors India's total sales in the domestic market sinceare:
August 2019: 6,236
September 2019: 7,554
October 2019: 12,786
November 2019: 14,005
December 2019: 4,645
January 2020: 15,000
Total: 60,676

Commenting on the sales momentum, Kookhyun Shim, MD and CEO, Kia Motors India said “We are committed to surprise the country with our upcoming products as well, this year. The consecutive month-on-month growth is proof of consumers' trust in the brand – Kia and also Seltos. We are thrilled to launch our second product Carnival and globally unveil our compact SUV for India at the Delhi Auto Expo 2020 and look forward to getting equal love from the patrons.”

Kia Motors India will officially launch its second product, Carnival on February 5 at the Auto Expo. The brand’s third offering for India, a compact SUV concept, will also be globally unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020 and will be launched in the 2nd half of the year.