Both Hyundai and Kia reported their best June sales ever, with Kia up 13.9 percent over the same period last year with 51,326 units sold, and Hyundai up 7.7percent,with63,813 total sales. Kia also notes that in the second quarter of this year, it sold more than 150,000 units for the first time.
Hyundai – 63,813 units, up 7.7 percent
The Sonata midsize sedan once again led sales volume for Hyundai, with 20,931 units sold for a gain of 12.2 percent over the 18,644 units sold in June 2011. Sales of the compact Accent were also strong in June, with 5660 units sold – an increase of 56.7 percent over the 3612 units sold the same month last year. The all-new Azera sold 1001 units, way up compared to the 222 units sold in June 2011, when production of the previous-generation Azera was beginning to wind down.
Hyundai’s SUVs and crossovers weren’t as successful as the automaker’s cars, with the Santa Fe down 16.1 percent from the 7987 units sold the same month last year, to 6703 units. With an all-new model arriving this month, however, the crossover’s sales may soon improve. The Hyundai Tuscon compact crossover slipped to 4231 units in June, down 4.0 percent from the 4406 units sold in June 2011. Crossovers weren’t the only models to see decreases in June, as the compact Elantra was down 11.7 percent from the 19,992 units sold the same period in 2011, at 17,655 total sales this past month. Hyundai attributes this to low dealer stock.
Kia – 51,326 units, up 13.9 percent
The Optima sedan sold 13,393 units in June for a gain of 88.7 percent over the 7099 units sold in June 2011. Kia’s new subcompact hatch, the Rio, was also a big winner last month, selling 3668 units for an increase of 87.7 percent over the 1954 units sold in June 2011. On a larger scale, the Sorento midsize crossover’s sales of 10,826 units were good enough to make it Kia’s second-best seller behind the Optima. That figure also represents an 8.1-percent gain over the 10,013 units sold in June 2011.
Kia’s compact offering, the Forte, didn’t fare as well. The Forte coupe, sedan, and four-door hatch lineup slipped in June with sales of 7461 units, compared to 8191 units sold the same month last year – a decrease of 8.9 percent. The Sportage compact crossover also took a slight hit in June, dropping 9.8 percent from 4377 units sold June of last year to 3950 units this past month. As for the quirky Kia Soul, the hatchback dipped 9.9 percent from June 2011’s sales of 11,314 units to 10,199 units last month.
Source: Hyundai, Kia