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Title Hyundai, Kia see US sales rise in August
Write admin Date 2018-10-05 Hit 161
Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors sold a combined 111,406 units in the United States last month, up roughly 3.5 percent on-year on the back of strong sales of sport utility vehicles in the overall US auto market, the company said Wednesday.

Of the total, Hyundai¡¯s luxury sedan brand Genesis accounted for 613 units.

By carmaker, Hyundai Motor sold 57,542 units last month, up 6 percent, the company said. The Avante compact car was the No. 1 seller with 14,502 units, followed by the midsize SUV Tucson with 11,559 units and the Sante Fe SUV with 11,347 units.

Kia Motors¡¯ sales rose 1 percent in the cited period, totaling 53,864 units, out of which 11,995 consisted of SUV Sorentos.

The two local carmakers sold a total 48,909 SUVs there last month, a 25.9 percent on-year jump, the company said.

The increase in SUV sales is partly due to a swing in customer preference seen across the US auto industry, in favor of bigger vehicles.

Ford, the No. 2 seller in the US, flagged 78,809 SUV sales there in August, up 20.1 percent on-year, and the number of pickup trucks sold also increased 5.7 percent.

Ford¡¯s rival, the Japanese carmaker Toyota, saw success with its SUV, crossover and pickup vehicles, for which the collective sales performance increased 7.4 percent, the company said.

¡°Last month Hyundai and Kia were able to post a sales hike due to (increased) sales of (the) Veloster, released in May, and SUV models,¡± a Hyundai spokesperson said.

Touching on the looming US auto tax, he added, ¡°If the US government (imposes a) tax on import cars and auto parts, we expect customers to feel the (effects). This will inevitably have a negative impact on the overall auto industry.¡±

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