Thursday, 29 June 2017

Kia Global Car Sales By Model : 1994-2013

Trying to collect sales by model over such a period is difficult. Putting SUVs and MPVs in the list as well would have been too much, so cars alone come first. The percentage figure to the right is for cars as compared to the total. Understandably the figure dropped quickly as cars became the less obvious choice, but then China came along and they like the more traditional vehicle configuration. Therefore they gained some ground back. Now for a summary of each car, in order according to 2013 sales:

Rio: This subcompact model was called both the Pride and Avella (which were rebadged Ford Festivas) up until the year 2000, when replaced by the name Rio. To confuse things, it was also called the New Pride in Korea. They are currently made in Korea, China and Russia.

K3: Also known as the Forte and Cerato (and Shuma in China), it is in the compact car class. It has also gone under the names Spectra, Sephia as well as Shuma.

The 'valuable' Kia K3

K5: The mid-sized range has also been known as the Optima, Lotze and Magentis. When based on the Mazda 6 (Capella) the names Credos, Clarus, Concord and Capital were used. Plants that make them are in Korea, China and the US.

Picanto: Kia's city car is known as the Morning in Korea. It is currently related to the Hyundai i10 and previous to that the Atos. It has also used the Visto name, which used up to 2003.

C'eed: This compact car with the weird name is only made in Slovakia for the European market.

K7/9: I've combined two models here. First the K7 or Cadenza is Kia's full sized executive car, which replaced the Amanti/Opirus, before that the Enterprise and Potentia. It was initially modeled on the Mazda Sentia. The K9 sits above the K7 but sales are modest so I included them here.

The Kia K7 looks classy

TianLiMa: No, not a typo but a real name. It was a compact car I assume much the same as the K3 above but made especially for the Chinese market.

The only car missing is the Elan, which Kia bought the license from Lotus to make. Sales were from 1996 300, 400, 125 and 70. They have been added to the total figure.

YrRioK3K5PicanC'eedK7/9TianCarsTot%
94169.9139.936.6--21.1-36839493
95168.6157.566.9--21.8-41545292
96146.8181.9117.3--20.6-46751391
97113.2169.295.1--23.6-40246686
9852.5111.928.2--3.1-19628269
9996.7164.033.048.5-6.1-34857156
00112.4161.452.6111.8-5.2-44368256
01142.0149.898.5101.0-4.1-49568660
02139.5124.379.563.9-3.01.941271453
03140.878.481.837.1-22.343.940475051
04110.6121.8101.4115.2-44.155.854995657
05119.5167.092.6148.0-29.766.3623110556
06124.8215.2106.3147.83.129.735.2662114258
07155.3220.4102.4148.2123.132.55.3787126662
08174.2203.7125.4158.1163.323.5-848131265
09201.0369.391.4206.3121.619.8-1009145969
10224.9449.1123.0204.995.955.7-1154197458
11304.4427.3231.1250.5103.735.7-1353235457
12489.6384.8345.2239.4120.635.9-1616262262
13475.9441.6327.7258.3122.851.5-1678271062

Data source: Thanks to Hyundai Group. (Modified 2.09.14)


From less than 400,000 cars in 1994, Kia has come a long way since then. They sell mainly on value, but the quality is good too.

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