Kia Motors Europe said it achieved record quarterly and half-year 2015 sales with year on year growth rising to 7.6%, according to the latest ACEA data (from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association).

 The Hyundai Motor affiliate brand posted sales of 200,038, up 7.6% year on year.

The second quarter's 103,946 registrations was the first time Kia has passed the 100,000 mark in a quarter.

The automaker said Q1 growth was due to rising sales of the redesigned Soul, which went on sale across Europe at the start of the year (first half sales were up 112% to 7,042 units), as well as the new Sorento SUV with 5,670 units sold so far this year.

Two recently upgraded models, the Venga and Rio, also performed strongly through Q2 and the first half with 15,386 (+11.8% year-on-year) and 33,059 (+6.1%) units sold respectively.

The Sportage and Ceed model families remained the two top selling Kia models. Now in its fourth full year of production, the Sportage set a quarterly record in Q2 with 28,208 vehicles sold across Europe from April to June and 56,002 year to date (up 12.0%). The current model was updated in 2014.

The locally made Ceed (40,090 units in the first half) remained the brand's second best selling model in Europe.

Production started in Slovakia in 2006 and the millionth unit was made recently - a GT five-door hatchback for a buyer in the Netherlands.