Kia Motors UK

Kia Motors UK

January 07, 2014 07:58 ET

Records Keep Tumbling at Kia Motors UK

- Best ever year with 72,090 car sales in 2013

- Best ever retail performance

- Further growth planned in 2014

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Jan. 7, 2014) - Even more new car buyers in the UK are turning to Kia as record sales figures in 2013 show with Kia Motors UK Limited recording 72,090 car sales in the year and a new retail sales record as well.

With the Kia Sportage SUV and the Kia cee'd family car leading the way - 20,796 and 14,021 examples respectively - the Kia network delivered more than 37,600 cars to retail customers during the year to hit a new record retail market volume.

Paul Philpott, President and Chief Executive of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: "As the UK car market recovered Kia was well placed to benefit and I am very pleased to see us reach both new total sales numbers and record retail sales figures.

"We have continued to carefully manage rental sales but our car dealer network has done more business with local companies than ever before. That means a strong and profitable network and ever-improving residual values behind the Kia brand rather than a performance inflated from the centre at high cost and with high impact on trade values," he said.

Continued growth

Philpott went on: "Looking forward to 2014 we expect to see our car sales continue to grow - even though some analysts are suggesting the overall market growth will slow - and with the continued enthusiasm of our Kia car dealers we confidently expect to reach the 75,000 unit mark this year."

Kia's total sales in 2013 reached 72,090 - up 8.2 per cent on the 2012 figure of 66,629 to record an overall market share of 3.21 per cent compared to 3.26 per cent in the smaller 2012 market.

Kia Sportage and Kia cee'd cars were followed in Kia's Top Five best-selling cars by; Kia Picanto - 13,875, Kia Rio - 11,314 and Kia Venga car - 6,143 sales.

Kia's sales performance over the last five years has more than doubled - both in overall and retail terms.

Year Total Vol. Total share Retail Vol. Retail share
2008 31324 1.47% 15858 1.78%
2009 50637 2.54% 37551 3.70%
2010 56114 2.76% 39111 4.08%
2011 53615 2.76% 27040 3.29%
2012 66629 3.26% 31615 3.40%
2013 72090 3.18% 37643 3.50%

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