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Hyundai, KIA U.S. Market Share Falls to 8.3% in September

Oct. 6, 2011
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The U.S. market share of cars made by Hyundai Motor Co. (KSE:005380) and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. (KSE:000270) fell to 8.3 percent in September, due mainly to aggressive marketing efforts by rival carmakers, industry sources said Wednesday.

The two South Korean carmakers sold a combined 87,660 vehicles last month that caused their market share to fall from 9 percent levels maintained for the past few months, according to the sources.

Hyundai and Kia are the flagship companies of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker.

"An 8 percent-level market share is the lowest tallied since March, and a noticeable dip from the record 10.1 percent reached in May," a market watcher said.

He said the main reason for the drop can be found in extensive incentives provided by U.S. carmakers last month to attract customers.

Carmakers such as Chrysler and General Motors have cut prices of older models and started selling vehicles under attractive interest-free installment programs. Hyundai and Kia which are currently selling newer models, have not taken similar action.

Reflecting this, sales of Chrysler cars shot up 27 percent on-year last month, while the gain for GM reached 19.7 percent.

Related to the drop in market share, a Hyundai Motor Group spokesperson said despite the drop reported for September, Hyundai and Kia have both done well compared to 2010.

"In many cases, production is unable to meet demand, which is holding up sales," the representative said.

He added that Hyundai and Kia's market share reached 9.0 percent in the first nine months of this year, up from 7.9 per cent reported for the same period last year.

Source: (C) 2011 Asia Pulse Pte Ltd.

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