The end of the year is just around the corner, and the Koreans are in for a strong finish. Kia has already sold 116,278 more vehicles than it did in all of 2010, and Hyundai is seeing the same trend, with year-to-date sales up 21 percent versus the total for 2010.
Kia – Up 39 Percent, 37,007 Vehicles Sold
Kia’s November 2011 sales are up 39 percent from the same time last year, and also marks the automaker’s fifteenth consecutive monthly sales record. The Koreans’ U.S.-built vehicles continue leading the way. The best-selling Sorento was number one again, with 9669 units sold, which is a mere 48 more than last month’s total. Sales for the Optima skyrocketed this November, selling 9533 units versus the 1424 vehicles sold last year during the same period. Also seeing a major improvement this year is the all-new Kia Rio, which sold 2159 units compared to last year’s 966, and 154 more than October’s total. The Sportage also performed well, accounting for a 74 percent increase with 3218 units sold compared to November 2010’s 1849. The Sedona minivan even saw a 10 percent increase, with 127 more units sold compared to last year’s 1279 units. Sales for the Forte dropped 22 percent versus November last year, but year-to-date sales are still up at 14 percent.
Hyundai – Up 22 Percent , 49,610 Vehicles Sold
Black Friday helped Hyundai achieve another successful month, with a total of 49,610 units moved off the lot. The Sonata continues to lead the way again with 15,668 vehicles sold, while the Elantra’s 12,414 units sold (up 44 percent) made it the second-best seller. The crossovers also saw a healthy increase. Sales for the Tucson increased 35 percent, moving 4101 units off the lot compared to the 3042 units sold last November. The Veracruz was also up 36 percent, with 1018 vehicles sold versus November 2010’s 747 units. Sales for the Veloster decreased in its second full month on sale. Hyundai moved 3700 Veloster three-door coupes in October, but only 2538 in November.
Source: Kia, Hyundai