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Kia sales continue to boom in 2017

Local, Korean and Global sales on the up for Kia

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Once one of the ‘ugly ducklings’ of the car world, especially in Australia, Kia today is a car brand on the rise, and making big inroads on rivals.

In Australia, VFACTS data for September shows Kia sold 4,662 vehicles in the month, a 26.4% improvement over the same month last year.

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That total, to put it into perspective, was ahead of established brands like Subaru, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Honda.

Kia only trailed Volkswagen by a couple of hundred units in the month and, if the growth continues, could find itself soon overtaking even Holden and Ford (a prospect many wouldn’t have thought possible just a handful of years ago).

For the record, the models in the Kia line-up that are fuelling most of this growth in 2017 are the Cerato (+50.3%), Picanto (+148.2%), Sorento (+15.5%), Sportage (+29.5%) and Carnival (+19.4%).

While the new-generation Rio is also doing well, until the end of September Kia had delivered 5,340, a total that represents a 4.3% lift in a shrinking market segment.

The just launched Kia Stinger is also expected to help boost Kia’s sales numbers in coming months.

On the global stage Kia is also finding more buyers every month.

The latest data released by Kia HQ shows the brand delivered 252,254 vehicles in total in September, including 48,019 (+25.4%) vehicles in Korea.

Sales in all other markets total 204,235 and that represents a 3.6% lift on September 2016.

Kia’s best-selling model outside of Korea remains the Sportage (37,746), ahead of Cerato (28,793) and Rio (24,760).

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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