Russian sales of Kia vehicles increased 15.8% to 16,958 in January-September, SOKIA, the official importer, said on Tuesday.

Of these sales 43% of vehicles were sold in July-September, the company told Prime-Tass.

The most popular models were the Cerato, with 2,360 cars sold, and the Sorento (1,976).

The company also sells the Rio, Magentis, Picanto, Opirus, Spectra, Sportage SUV and other models.

In 2004 Kia sold 18,759 vehicles in Russia through official dealerships.