SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors Corp. saw sales in Europe grow in October, driven by strong demand for sport utility vehicles, industry data showed Tuesday.
According to data by a local automotive association, Hyundai Motor sold 37,967 cars in Europe last month, up 4.4 percent from a year earlier, while Kia Motors saw its sales expand 8.4 percent on-year to 32,709 units.
Their combined market share rose 0.2 percentage point to 6.2 percent over the cited period.
The two South Korean automakers outperformed a 2.7-percent hike in total sales in Europe where around 1.14 million cars were sold last month, the data showed.
The growth stemmed in part from strong demand for SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson and the Kia Sportage.
Hyundai Motor sold 10,044 units of the new edition of the Tucson last month, the best seller for the automaker in Europe. Kia Motors’ Sportage was its best-selling model with 8,708 units sold there in the same month, the data showed.