Another company reports cheery news – Kia Motors said that 2010 was its best ever in terms of net profit and sales volumes.

The affiliate of Hyundai Motor recorded sales of 2.13 million vehicles in 2010, an increase of 39% from 2009. In terms of profit, it earned US2.02 billion last year, a jump of 55% compared to the year before. Operating profit also managed to rack up a record high.

Korean domestic sales accounted for 483,000 vehicles, a gain of 18%, while export numbers from the country went up by 26%, to 917,000 units, but it was production in its plants elsewhere that made for the leaps and bounds, with 730,000 units delivered in 2010.

In China, sales climbed by 38%, with Europe registering a 53% gain. Over in the US, the company sold 167,000 vehicles, all built at its North American plant in Georgia.

The positives come after Hyundai’s, which had reported that it had also managed to set new records in both sales and annual net profit; the company sold 3.61 million vehicles last year.