Korean Automakers Continue Upward Sales Climb in May

Hyundai and Kia saw double-digit sales increases year-to-date compared to the first five months of 2011. Both automakers also saw their best May sales numbers ever.

Hyundai: Hyundai sales were up 13.2 percent in May with 67,019 units sold—making it the strongest May in the company’s history. Year-to-date sales are up 11.1 percent for the first five months of 2012 compared to the same time last year.

Hyundai’s Hots:

Hyundai Azera: The all-new 2012 Hyundai Azera has been selling well with 1053 units sold in May—way up compared to May 2011’s 160 units and up 100 units from April 2012.

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Hyundai Equus: With 351 units sold, sales of the brand’s premium sedan were up 58.8 percent compared to May 2011 and flat compared to last month.

Hyundai Accent: Accent sales quadrupled from last May to 6166 units last month.

Hyundai Genesis: Genesis sales jumped by 38.2 percent with 3828 units sold. Hyundai doesn’t separate sedan and coupe sales numbers.

Hyundai Veloster: Hyundai sold 3624 Veloster three-door hatchbacks last month, an increase of 13.5 percent from April 2012.

Hyundai’s Not-So-Hots:

Hyundai Sonata: The Sonata midsize sedan slipped 8.7 percent in May, with 20,765 units sold.

Hyundai Elantra: Hyundai moved 18,877 units of the compact Elantra in May—down 5.6 percent compared to the same time last year.

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Kia Kia moved 51,771 units last month, an increase of 7.4 percent from May 2011, making it the 21st consecutive month of sales records. Year-to-date sales are up 18.7 percent compared to the first five months of last year. The Korean automaker is also celebrating the sale of its four millionth vehicle in the U.S. since its arrival in 1994.

Kia’s Hots

Kia Rio: Kia sold 4019 Rio subcompacts in May, a 59.5-percent increase compared to the 2519 units sold last year.

Kia Optima: The Optima continues to lead Kia’s sales with 13,364 units sold in May—a huge increase of 5933 units compared to May 2011 or 80.0 percent.

Kia’s Not-So-Hots:

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Kia Sportage: Kia managed to sell 3467 Sportage crossovers last month, down 23.8 percent from May 2011.

Kia Soul: The popular box slipped from May 2011 by 1011 units for a total of 10,146 units sold, down 9.1 percent. Year-to-date, the Soul remains Kia’s second best-selling vehicle.

Kia Sorento: Kia’s three-row crossover also saw sales decrease in May compared to the May 2011, but the crossover was the second best-selling Kia in May with 11,077 sold, a decrease of 7.2 percent.

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