Kia Motors Corporation has announced its September global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, which accumulated a total of 252,586 units sold. This figure represents a 3.5% year-on-year increase compared to the same month of 2015.

In September, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in China (24.5% growth with 56,318 units sold), Western Europe (11.8% growth with 44,700 units sold) and general markets* (6.6% growth with 41,978 units sold).

Cumulatively through the first nine months of 2016, Kia’s global sales totalled 2,190,700 units for a year-on-year increase of 3.1%. Western Europe (338,071 units sold), Korea (396,460 units sold), China (432,849 units sold) and North America (547,845 units sold) have seen a 14.3%, 5.0% 3.7% and 3.4% rise in sales, respectively.

Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets during September 2016 was the Sportage compact CUV with 42,864 units sold. The B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) was the second best seller with 39,215 units sold, while the C-segment Cerato (Known as ‘Forte’ or ‘K3’ in some markets), Optima midsized sedan and Soul urban crossover followed with 36,092, 19,871 and 16,468 units sold, respectively.

Kia Sportage available in Malaysia from a starting price of RM 121,888

Launched in the domestic market in May, the fourth-generation Kia Sportage comes with a bolder overall design to evoke a sense of sporty and powerful energy when viewed from every angle. The attractive ‘face’ of the Sportage features the biggest change to the car’s design over its predecessor, with Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille, the headlights with Ice Cube foglights and LED DRLs. Additional features include the swept back along the outer edges of the sharply-detailed bonnet and a lower and wider grille give the Sportage a more menacing front look.

The Sportage is presented in a more swept-back profile. From the highest point of the roof, the Sportage’s silhouette gently tapers towards the rear of the car, while bolder wheel arches, sharp features lines and smooth surfacing endow the Sportage with a more dynamic stance.