Hyundai November Sales Boom By 46 percent, Kia Rises 18 Percent

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
hyundai november sales boom by 46 percent kia rises 18 percent

The Hyundai sales juggernaut rolled on in November, posting the highest month-on-month gain of any brand with a 46 percent increase [release here]. Its sister brand Kia wasn’t far behind with a 21 percent sales gain over November 2008 [release here]. Year-to-date, the two brands have combined for 680,282 units, a mere 16,417 fewer than Nissan’s 2009 numbers.

Hyundai did post predictable declines for its end-of-life models like Tiburon (one unit sold), Azera (248 units sold) and Entourage (-2 sales, somehow). Veracruz and Tucson were the only other decliners for the brand though, with decreases of 470 and 30 units respectively. Otherwise, the news was all good. Accent climbed a whopping 93 percent, to 3,831 units, Elantra rose 88 percent to 6,127 units, and Sonata improved by 52 percent with 8,178 units sold. Santa Fe added 53 percent, climbing to 6,564 units, while Genesis doubled up as well, with a 52 percent increase to 1,751 units.

Kia followed Hyundai’s example, losing sales in non-car segments but more than making up for them with its cars. Borrego was Kia’s only non-car gainer, posting 825 sales compared to only 190 last November. Rondo posted a 70 percent decline to 425 units, while Sedona slid 15 percent to 1,895 and Sorento fell about 45 percent to 1,657. Sportage was flat at 1,340 units. Amanti proved that its Cadenza replacement can’t come soon enough, as it was the only Kia car to post a decline, falling from 415 to 35 units. Optima increased about 57 percent to 1,644 units, while Rio increased 64 percent to 3,496. The discontinued Spectra sold only 89 units, but its replacement, the Forte, more than matched last November’s Spectra sales, moving 4,044 units. Kia’s other new model, the Soul sold a respectable 2,505 units.

The rise of Hyundai-Kia proves that lagging automakers can’t simply wait for the market to turn around a float all boats equally. Hyundai is aggressively grabbing market share, ratcheting up pressure on moribund brands. Hyundai-Kia’s success with cars rather than SUVs seems to be another indication of where the market is headed. In any case, there’s no doubt that Hyundai Group is becoming a major player, sneaking up on Nissan and Chrysler’s annual sales volume.

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  • Ronin Ronin on Dec 02, 2009

    Maybe we're overlooking the obvious here. For one, the Elantra, representing the 'compact' segment is up 88%!!! While other makers in that segment have seen sales decline (I'm looking at you, Honda). I can buy a new Elantra for $13 or 14k. Cheap, decent quality and a whopping warranty sells? Ford sales of their aging Taurus (I know I dare not say it, but a rehashed Taurus of a rehashed Taurus of a rehashed Five Hundred is not a fanastic brand new offering, gushing auto press notwithstanding) are down. Flex sales, down. These cars are priced very high, especially their top of the line models. Could it be that expensive cars are not selling, segment by segment? And that more moderately priced cars- represented by Kia and Hyundai- are doing very very well? Yep, cars cost way too much. American cannot or choose not to afford it. Thos car companies that pretend they actually have pricing power in today's market are gonna get whomped.

  • Uboatsag Uboatsag on Dec 03, 2009

    The current car design is something that must be changed to satisfy buyers requirements and needs. All new cars looks the same. See all front grid are are the same in addition to the overall shape. All bumpers are so fragile that they will break up apart under front end collision under 2 km per hour. A large scratch is not repairable as the cost exceeds the parts replacement cost: the bumber is replaced and the old one thrown away to garbage causing extra polution. There is a real need (environnemental and operational) to make car that will resist to subtantial shock without breaking apart. Therer is no leader in the industry but a group of trend follower. Please build car that will last, wont break up and are providing exceptional protection to passengers at low cost. Also, no car should be designed to exceeds 140 km per hour. Look at the odometers going to 240 km/ hour inviting drivers to reach maximum spped while the 100 km/hour mark is located at the left side of the odometer. I wish that car odemeter be modified to show 140 km/hour at the right side, maximum speed. A car like this one would sell enormoulsly. Ubota

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