Kia’s global sales in the first half of the year were 1.4m, an increase of 2.6% over the same period last year, with gains in China and Europe offsetting falling sales in North America and the domestic market.

The biggest increase was in China where sales grew 23.1% to 291,125 units while in Europe sales were up 3.7% to 296,543 units.

Sales in Korea slid 5.3% to 226,400; in North America they were down 4.3% at 313,976

The company said in a statement its global best-seller in June was the B-segment Rio (43,586 units) while the Sportage crossover (33,388 units) was second.