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Hyundai, Kia see U.S. sales grow 6.4 pct in Feb.

All Headlines 05:02 March 02, 2016

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller affiliate, Kia Motors Corp., saw their combined sales in the United States rise 6.4 percent in February, thanks to a 13 percent jump in Kia's sales, industry data showed Tuesday.

The two South Korean auto giants sold a combined 102,746 units in the U.S. last month, up from 96,535 units sold in the same period last year, the data showed. The figures represented the best-ever February sales for both companies.

Hyundai's sales rose 1 percent to 53,009 units on the strong demand for the Tucson compact utility vehicle, with sales rising nearly 90 percent to 9,336 units from last year.

"The strong demand for the all-new Tucson continued through the month," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America. "We expect our CUV lineup to lead the charge as we close out the first quarter."

Kia's sales jumped to 49,737 units from last year's 44,030, led by the Soul boxcar and the Optima mid-size sedan.

"Positive economic indicators, low gas prices and mild weather nationwide also drove consumers into Kia showrooms at a record pace," said Michael Sprague, chief operating officer of Kia Motors America, in a press release.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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