It looks like 2016 is off to a great start for Kia Motors as we wrap up the past year with excellent figures in global sales. In striving to bring customers vehicles of utmost style and standards, our worldwide network of Kia country distributors has accomplished notable achievements and significant performance results. Kia BUZZ is proud to present three of Kia’s top performing countries of 2015!
The Israeli automobile market hit an all-time record for overall car sales in the past year and Kia Israel took the number one spot for cars delivered with an impressive 13.2% market share in 2015. Placing ahead of Hyundai, Toyota and Mazda, Kia delivered a total of 34,606 vehicles (registration basis) – another local record for delivery by a single brand.
To add to this accomplishment, Kia Picanto was the overall best-selling vehicle model in the country, with the Sportage following in third place. With vehicle sales figures expected to hit an all-time high in January, we are excited to see more success from Kia Israel.
For the first time since the launch of the brand in 1989, Kia Chile took first place in sales in the country’s automobile market. With a grand total of 27,988 Kia vehicles sold and a market share of 9.9% in 2015, Kia Chile has brought the brand to the pinnacle of the Chilean automobile market.
This feat was achieved despite the ongoing challenges in the Chilean market such as the devalued Chilean Peso and the deprecation of copper prices. According to Mr. Tae-Hyun Oh, Executive Vice President and COO of Kia Motors, Kia Chile’s success is “a best–case example that all of our overseas distributors should strive to emulate.”
Despite the market decline in 2015, Kia Russia accumulated a record of 163,500 units in vehicle sales. Ranking first place in the foreign car market, Kia took a close second place in overall car sales, just behind the domestic brand Lada.
Furthermore, it is estimated that in just 6 years, Kia Russia has sold over 1 million Kia vehicles. By taking 10% market share and adding 12 new dealerships in the country last year, the prospects for 2016 are very promising.
Taking first place in any country market is no small accomplishment and Kia Motors would like to thank worldwide fans for their incredible love and support. In 2016, we seek to aim even higher in offering the best quality vehicles for even greater consumer satisfaction. Congratulations to Israel, Chile and Russia and we look forward to sharing more news of future milestones!
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