SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Top domestic and imported automakers Hyundai Motor and Mercedes-Benz may give way to other competitors in sales performance this year.
A total of 37,371 units of automobiles from Kia Corp. were newly registered last month, surpassing Hyundai (35,993 units including those from the Genesis brand) to become the top domestic carmaker for the very first time, according to industry tracker CarIsYou Data Research Center.
While Kia lags behind Hyundai in terms of the accumulated number of registered vehicles between January and August, its excellent performance, including the Sorento SUV topping sales charts last month, is still worth noting in the overall auto industry.
In the imported vehicle market, 7,305 units of cars from BMW were registered last month, surpassing Mercedes-Benz (5,943 units) to top the sales charts.
As of last month, the accumulated number of registered vehicles currently stands at 50,627 units for Mercedes-Benz and 50,349 units for BMW, which indicates that the sales gap is narrowing between the two automakers.
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