Korean auto brands Hyundai and Kia set a new sales milestone in the first six months of this year in Germany, home to the world’s luxury car giants.
The two carmakers sold 92,752 units in the period, up 10.0 percent from a year ago, according to data from the country’s association of car manufacturers on Tuesday.
Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors took 5 percent of the German market with the former selling 58,982 units and the latter 33,770 units. That is the biggest half-year sales for the two Korean carmakers in Germany and the second highest after Czech’s Skoda (106,802) among imported car brands. Germany’s total car sales in the first half of this year came to 1,839,031 units, a 2.9 percent increase from a year ago.
Hyundai car sales jumped 10.9 percent, which is the second highest growth after Spanish brand Seat (16.4 percent) among major carmakers whose sales topped 50,000 units in Germany in the six-month period.
In Germany, Hyundai and Kia car sales stood at 87,904 units in 2007 and have shown a steady rise to reach 172,586 units in 2017. If the current momentum holds strong throughout the remainder of the year, the two Korean brands are expected to surpass 180,000 units this year, breaking their previous record set last year.
By Lee Seung-hoon and Minu Kim
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