Kia Motors registered its strongest year-to-date performance in Europe yet with over 120,800 units sold during the third quarter of 2019. Data by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) shows that Kia’s European sales volumes grew 0.9% year-on-year to 389,151 units to the end of September, while Kia’s market share also grew from 3.1% to 3.2% over the same period.
“Our approach to launching carefully-considered new vehicles and advanced electrified powertrains is producing results,” explained Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe. “Kia’s growing line-up of electric and hybrid vehicles is contributing to further sales growth for the brand in Europe, as more drivers take notice of the low running costs and high value of these vehicles.”
Kia’s range of electrified models saw rising demand through the first nine months of 2019. Sales of the Niro grew 31.7% to 44,949 units, boosted by the launch of the upgraded Niro Hybrid. Kia plans to introduce electrified powertrains to other existing and future models in its vehicle line-up in the months ahead.
Bestsellers and crossovers
The third quarter saw growing popularity among Kia’s best-selling crossover line-up. Combined sales of the models in the category grew by 3.0% to 195,735 units led by Stonic (51,143 units), Sportage (93,394), and Niro (44,949).
Kia also saw further growth in sales of its popular compact model, the Picanto, the brand’s third overall best-seller behind the Ceed and Sportage. Following the launch of new GT-Line and X-Line variants in 2018, year-to-date sales of the Picanto have increased 3.5% to 59,278 units.
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