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  • Milestone figure achieved during Sportage’s 25th anniversary year
  • The Sportage was Kia’s bestselling model in the UK in 2017

Kia Motors Corporation is celebrating five million cumulative sales of its global best-selling Kia Sportage compact SUV since its launch in 1993.

Now in its fourth generation the Kia Sportage has achieved this milestone in the year of its 25th anniversary. In the UK, the Sportage continues to be the brand’s biggest seller with 39,683 delivered to customers in 2017 making up over a third of UK sales last year. The latest model was launched in 2016 and is available at Hidsons

Guy Carter at Hidsons Kia says: “Hidsons aree are extremely proud to be part of the success of the Sportage. The figures are a huge credit to the Kia brand and the teams at all of the Kia dealerships across the country. The latest Kia Sportage is available for test drive now, so get in touch with our team to book yours.”

The Sportage made its first appearance at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show, before going on sale in 1995 in the UK. The Sportage introduced the concept of the ‘Urban SUV’ to consumers for the first time – it set the blueprint for a compact, practical SUV, suitable for use in a variety of environments. This first generation Sportage was an instant hit, recording total lifetime sales of over 500,000 units.

The Kia Sportage has also historically been acknowledged for the strength of its design, having been awarded ‘iF Design’ and ‘red dot’ design prizes in both its third and fourth generations. The vehicle achieved the highest safety in Europe and has a rating of five stars by Euro NCAP.

“We are extremely proud to have achieved this milestone production figure for our global best-seller. The continued and accelerating popularity of the Sportage demonstrates the breadth of the car’s abilities and the strength of its appeal to buyers in markets all around the world,” said Ho Sung Song, Executive Vice President of Global Operations Division, “Since 1993, the Sportage has become a benchmark car in the compact SUV segment, and its success has also led to the creation of a diverse and comprehensive range of SUVs and crossovers from Kia – with other new models to follow in future.”

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