HYUNDAI GROUP: Small cars, crossovers drive gains; Kia slips

Hyundai Motor America’s U.S. sales crept up 4.1 percent in September while sales at its corporate sibling, Kia, were down 1.2 percent.

Hyundai sold 66,610 vehicles in the U.S., making it a record September, the automaker said.

Hyundai’s subcompact Accent had another strong month, with sales more than doubling to 7,495. The Veloster sports coupe also had a solid September, gaining 50 percent to 3,168. Sales of the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers were up 5.6 percent to 11,350.

Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand sold 1,211 vehicles in the U.S. between its two nameplates: the G80, which began sales in August, and the G90, which arrived in September.

“Strong performances by our Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, in addition to the sub-compact Accent, led the way to yet another record month,” Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America, said in a statement. “Dealers are excited to have our new Genesis G80 and G90 models arriving as we start the fourth quarter.”

Kia’s U.S. sales for September dipped to 49,220 vehicles. Kia’s Sportage crossover and Forte small-car family were both bright spots, up 57 percent and 53 percent.

U.S. sales of the Rio subcompact were up 45 percent to 2,141.

Through September, Hyundai sales are up 1.6 percent, and Kia is up 3.3 percent.

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