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(LEAD) Renault Samsung aims to rack up record sales this year

All News 14:44 January 18, 2017

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SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- Renault Samsung Motors Co., the local unit of French automaker Renault S.A., aims to sell some 270,000 units this year, its chief said Wednesday.

Last year, the carmaker's global sales jumped 12 percent from the previous year to 257,345, on a sharp increase in domestic sales.

The sales tally marks the highest since 2010 and the second highest in the company's history.

"We are hoping to sell 120,000 units in the country and 140,000 overseas," Park Dong-hoon, chief executive of Renault Samsung, told reporters. "If the target is achieved, it would be the record sales in our history."

Renault Samsung Motors Co.'s chief executive Park Dong-hoon speaks during a press conference in Seoul on Jan. 18, 2017. (Yonhap)

Last year, its domestic sales surged 38.8 percent on-year to 111,101 units, more than offsetting a slight drop in exports. Outbound shipments declined 2 percent to 146,244 vehicles.

Renault Samsung's stellar performance was driven last year by firm demand for its newly released vehicles -- the SM6 and the QM6.

The sales of the SM6 sedan amounted to 57,478 units last year, maintaining its lead in the mid-sized passenger vehicle sector.

In December alone, Renault Samsung's monthly sales surpassed 30,000 units for the first time with 32,624 units sold.

Renault Samsung said it will begin to sell the Renault Clio, a popular supermini hatchback in the first half of this year, and its ultra-compact Twizy in the latter part of the year.

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