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Kia Motors posts 8.1% global sales growth in November •Wins Budget Car of the Year Award

Kia Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for November 2014, recording a total of 257,487 units sold. This figure represents a 8.1% year-on-year increase.
In November, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China, Korea, General Markets* and Europe* of 16.2% (64,915 units sold), 14.2% (44,500 units sold), 7.7% (46,580 units sold) and 5.9% (52,096 units sold), respectively.
Cumulatively, through the first eleven months of 2014, Kia’s global sales have increased by 4.6% year-on-year, reaching 2,655,365 units. China, North America and General Markets have experienced cumulative gains to date in 2014 of 15.7% (609,085 units sold), 5.3% (601,302 units sold) and 1.4% (482,996 units sold), respectively.
Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of November was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 46,106 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second bestseller with 37,296 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets), Optima D-segment sedan and Sorento CUV followed with 35,945, 28,712 and 15,945 units sold, respectively.
Similarly, Kia Motors Nigeria has been recognized for its zest to make new cars in Nigeria affordable to all and in recognition of this effort, its Kia Rio won the ‘Budget Car of the Year’ in the 2014 Nigeria Auto Journalist (NAJA) Award. The company received the prestigious award at the 2014 NAJA Night which held on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Eko Hotel & Suites.
The award is in appreciation and recognition of Kia’s efforts to make its model pocket friendly to her customers by offering an affordable cutting edge automotive technology to customers in the country
The company has through its cars built trust with customers and the award is a testament to its exemplary achievemen.
According to the Chief Commercial Officer, Kia Motors Nigeria, Mr. Sandeep Malhotra, “We are truly honored to receive this award. It’s indeed a recognition of our commitment to continually provide quality and affordable cars to the Nigerian market. We pride ourselves in the delivery of the best automobile technology and will not rest on our oars in exceeding the expectations of our customers.
The NAJA Awards instituted by the Guild of Motoring Journalists in Nigeria had been held for over five years to honor players in the automobile industry. Speaking at the event, a member of the organizing committee, Mr. Theodore Opara said the award is a recognition of hard work, resilience and determination of the auto companies in the industry
He further explained that the awards are as a result of objective analysis of the auto market trend and the evaluation by the stake holders on the performance of auto companies in the country. Hence, the awards are borne out of the desire for auto journalists to encourage the auto companies.

The Kia Rio is a subcompact sedan that belies its low price tag withattractive styling and a well-designed interior. The Rio boasts a thoroughly modern powertrain in addition to plenty of standard features. With a clean and elegant look highlighted by Kia’s “Tiger Nose” corporate grille, the Rio is the state-of-the-art sub-compact that’s as fun to look at as it is to drive and it’s sure to draw looks with its sculpted, aerodynamic shape.

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