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Hyundai's Sept. sales fall 22 pct amid chip shortage

All News 16:04 October 01, 2021

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co. said Friday its sales fell 22 percent last month from a year earlier as a global chip shortage continued to weigh on vehicle production and sales.

The country's biggest carmaker sold 281,196 vehicles in September, down from 361,711 units a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Domestic sales declined 35 percent to 43,857 units from 67,080, as the lack of semiconductor parts disrupted production during the same period, and the Chuseok holiday, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving, affected sales, it said.

Overseas sales also dropped 19 percent to 237.339 from 294,631 amid the extended COVID-19 pandemic, it said.

From January to September, however, Hyundai's overall sales rose 12 percent to 2.93 million autos from 2.60 million units in the year-ago period.

Domestic sales in the first three quarters fell 7.3 percent to 540,842 units from 583,664 in the year-ago period, while overseas sales climbed 18 percent to 2.39 million units from 2.02 million during the same period.

Hyundai aims to sell 4.16 million vehicles this year, 11 percent higher than the 3.74 million units it sold last year.

This file photo, taken Aug. 2, 2021 and provided by Hyundai Motor, shows newly completed vehicles waiting to be shipped for exports at the carmaker's port in Ulsan, 414 kilometers southeast of Seoul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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