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Overseas sales rose by 6.8 % in November

12.12.2005

In November 2005, Kia Motors’ overseas retail sales recorded 66,331 units, representing a 6.8 % increase compared to the same month last year. Sales in November grew by 17.6 % in Europe and 25.9 % in the general market compared to the same period last year.

From January through November of this year, overseas retail sales jumped to 604,578 units with 667,452 vehicles exported. This represents a year-on-year sales increase of 25.8 % and 14.4 % growth in exports.

Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets is the C-segment Cerato. This year, 108,228 units have been sold so far. Other stellar sellers include: the Sorento SUV with 108,032 units sold, the Picanto and the Sportage compact SUV with 81,992 and 74,523 units sold respectively.

Kia Motors Corporation ( www.kiamotors.com ) – one of the fastest growing automakers in the world -- was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Kia’s 16 manufacturing and assembly operations in 12 countries produce more than 1.1 million vehicles a year that are sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 155 countries. Kia today has over 32,000 employees and annual revenues of $14 billion . It is the major sponsor of the Australian Tennis Open and an official worldwide sponsor of the Davis Cup. Kia Motors Corporation’s brand slogan -- “The Power to Surprise” -- represents the company’s global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.