Total sales for the year sit at 27,507, while on a global level Kia saw a 15 per cent growth year on year with total sales for the month up to 240,000. More than 1.1m units have been shifted by Kia worldwide this year.
The May record was reached despite the previous version of the Cee’d five-door hatchback being in run-out.
Kia UK’s May sales were up more than 33 per cent compared to last year’s month total of 3,873 and up by almost 24 per cent in year-to-date terms from 22,184 at the end of May 2011.
Michael Cole, managing director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: ‘To post a new record May as we were getting ready to replace Cee’d with the all-new model was particularly pleasing and it shows that our dealers are continuing to pull lots of new customers into the brand.
‘I am very hopeful that with the launch of the new Cee’d this performance will continue so that we can reach our sales goal for this year of up to 65,000 vehicles,’ he added.