In December, sales in Korea slid 6.2% compared with the same month last year, totaling 46,502 units on weakening sales of Picanto (known as Morning in Korea) minicar.
The company’s overseas sales totaled 180,340 units in December, which represents a 19.6% decline compared to the same month a year earlier due to slower sales in China.
For all of 2017, Kia Motors posted global sales of 2,746,188 units, decreasing 7.8% from 2016. Sales in Korea declined 2.5% to 521,550 units and overseas sales retreated 9% to 2,224,638.
Kia’s best-selling model in overseas markets in 2017 was the Sportage compact SUV with 415,558 units sold. The Rio (known as ‘Pride’ in Korea) was the second best seller with 379,184 units sold, followed by the K3 compact sedan (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) with 364,054 units sold.