A number of new products from Kia continue to help the automaker post record sales months. In July, Kia pulled off a 5.6-percent increase compared to the same period last year. Hyundai was also up, posting a 4.1-percent jump last month compared to July 2011, even with supply shortages of a few models.
Hyundai – 62,021 units, up 4.1 percent
The Sonata was Hyundai’s volume leader last month with 20,978 units sold, a 0.5-percent increase compared to July 2011. Next in line was the Elantra with 18,512 sold, a gain of 21.9 percent. The just-released Azera full-size sedan found its way to 977 customers, while the Accent was down 24.2 percent (5257 units) due to supply issues, and the soon-to-be replaced Santa Fe also slipped (4619 units, down 43.1 percent). The smaller Tucson crossover, however, did better with 4062 units sold, an increase of 16.8 percent, while the Veracruz was also up (1370 units, 37.4 percent).
Kia – 48,074 units, up 5.6 percent
The Rio may be small, but it posted the biggest percentage gain for Kia last month with 3646 units sold, compared to just 1011 units sold last July. The Optima experienced a 96.6-percent jump compared to July 2011, with 13,317 units sold. The Kia Soul hatch was flat, with 10,063 units sold and the Forte (sedan, hatchback, and coupe) found its way home to 6216 customers, a decrease of 17.8 percent. Kias SUVs also didn’t fare too well. The Sportage was down 8.3 percent (3606 units), while the Sorento (10,045 units) was down 24.3 percent, with 10,045 units sold.
Source: Kia, Hyundai