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Hyundai, Kia Hybrid Car Sales Surpass 100,000 Units
The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group hit something of a major landmark recently with the announcement of 100,000 eco-friendly hybrid cars in just three short years.
Hyundai Motor Company and its and its sister company Kia Motors, have sold a total of 106,450 hybrid vehicles since they were made available to domestic and foreign buyers in July 2009.
The year of 2012 in particular has been solid as far as sales go, with 56,203 units sold. That number represents a 69.1% jump over the same period last year.
Hyundai and Kia have both delivered hybrid versions of their most popular vehicles, such as the Optima hybrid and the ever popular Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan.
It’s the Sonata that has proven to be the most successful of all the hybrid options, having moved 55,624 units in the three year span. That breaks down to 21,760 units in the South Korean market and 33,864 in overseas markets.
The Korean automakers have to be particularly pleased with those overseas numbers, where sales have gone from 21,000 in 2011 to 30,000 as of November this year.
Hyundai, Kia’s hybrid car development
As impressive as those figures are, they are still a ways behind Japanese rival Toyota who sell more than 1 million hybrids every year. That isn’t a real surprise since Hyundai and Kia were something of a latecomers to the hybrid car segment.
The word out of Korea is that the South Korean carmaker will be increasing their efforts in the development of electric, hybrid, and other low-emission vehicles in the coming months and years.
Kia introduced Ray, their first electric car, last year and has plans to come out with an electric compact in 2014 (possibly the next-gen Soul based electric vehicle), while Hyundai plans on having another new release later in 2015.
Hydrogen fuel cell cars should also be available to the public by as early as 2015.