24 January 2016

Kia Plant Sales By Model & Nation : 2015

The Kia Sorento was 4th on the list of models for the company

Kia sold about the same number of vehicles in 2015 as they did the year before. 2002 was the last time there was a decrease, and plant sales back then were about 775,000. Now over 2.9 million units, kicking on is the challenge. The Japanese car companies are enjoying an undervalued Yen and European/US car makers are bringing out some good cars.

I view Kia as a maker of honest vehicles, nothing pretentious but practical and sensible. They have a design style with a distinctive grille which is attractive. It does have a value over quality image, which Kia has been trying to banish. Kia is now a large car maker and has done exceeding well to get where it is. New models and new niches are the way to grow.

There are two new models. The KX3 is a small SUV for China only but a similar sized vehicle is being planned for global markets in the future.

The second is the Niro hybrid, similar to the Toyota Pruis. The main difference is it will be a crossover. Although a few have been plant sales as seen below, there are no pictures I can find of the model. It is planned for release in February.


11 12 13 14 15 Model 2015 % +/-

4 1 1 1 1 Pride/Rio/K2 488,782 16.7% -4.1%






-Korea 222,734
-9.6%






-China 164,114
3.5%






-Russia (Hyundai) 101,934
-2.6%

2 2 2 3 2 Sportage 474,695 16.2% 0.3%






-Slovakia 198,952
11.3%






-Korea 164,760
4.7%






-China 110,983
-19.0%

1 3 3 2 3 Cerato/Forte/K3 416,162 14.2% -16.6%






-Korea 224,752
-6.3%






-China 191,410
-26.2%

3 5 5 6 4 Sorento 294,207 10.1% 24.7%






-USA 147,365
28.0%






-Korea 146,842 21.6%

6 4 4 4 5 Lotze/Optima/K5 282,477 9.7% -16.3%






-Korea 134,439
-3.5%






-USA 109,522
-23.2%






-China 38,516
-30.6%

5 6 6 5 6 Picanto/Morning 244,120 8.3% -4.6%






-Korea 244,120

7 7 7 7 7 Soul 225,685 7.7% -2.2%






-Korea 224,191
1.1%






-China 1,494
-83.4%

9 9 10 9 8 Carnival/Sedona 137,623 4.7% 85.2%






-Korea 137,623

8 8 8 8 9 Cee'd 109,392 3.7% -4.6%






-Slovakia 109,392

- - - 14 10 K4 62,147 2.1% 132.8%






-China 62,147

- - - - 11 KX3 47,432 1.6% n/a






-China 47,432


10 12 9 10 12 Carens 36,854 1.3% -23.7%






-Korea 36,854

12 13 11 11 13 Opirus/Cadenza/K7 30,783 1.1% -21.7%






-Korea 30,783

11 11 12 13 14 Venga 29,656 1.0% -1.1%






-Slovakia 29,656

14 10 13 12 15 Ray 25,960 0.9% -13.7%






-Korea 25,960

13 14 14 15 16 Mohave 12,974 0.4% -16.5%






-Korea 12,974

- 15 15 16 17 K9 6,374 0.2% -29.5%






-Korea 6,374

- - - - 18 Niro Hybrid 120 0.0% n/a






-Korea 120






Total Car 2,925,443
-0.2%






Bongo Van 108,336 98.5% 3.7%






Bus 1,661 1.5% 6.4%






Total CV 109,997
3.8%






Grand Total 3,035,440
-0.0%

Data source: Kia Motors.

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