The first-quarter sales figure for Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors in the European market has increased almost 10 percent from the same period last year. Since early this year, the two car makers' sales in Europe are on the rise while those in the United States and China are falling.
According to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association on April 20, the two Korean auto makers sold a total of 260,061 cars in the European Union and the European Free Trade Association regions for the January-March period, up 9.7 percent from 236,991 a year ago.
This year, the sales record of Kia Motors has improved noticeably. During the first quarter, Hyundai sold 135,074 cars, up 6.9 percent four quarters ago while Kia sold 124,987 cars, up 13.0 percent.
A Hyundai Motor Group official said, "Hyundai models such as the i10 and i30 are selling well while Kia has seen the Sportage sales rise fast." A total of 44,000 Sportage cars has been sold in Europe for the year's first three months.
Hyundai and Kia's first-quarter European market share was 6.1 percent, up by 0.1 percentage point from the same period last year. As for the monthly sales figure for March, Hyundai sold 60,129 (up 9.3%) and Kia sold 55,007 (10.0%).