• Jul 4, 2008

Less than a decade ago, the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group was ranked 11th in the world in total sales volume. According to the latest publishing of the Automotive News 2008 Global Data Book, the automaker has impressively passed Honda to take 5th position. To climb six positions in just eight years isn't a simple accomplishment as it required stepping over such global automakers as Fiat, Chrysler, PSA/Peugeot, Nissan, and Honda. Last year, Hyundai-Kia sold 3,961,629 automobiles worldwide (Hyundai sold 467,000, and Kia 305,473 in the United States alone). While they still have a long way before they reach 4th position currently held by Ford (global sales of 5,964,000 in 2007), their move into other markets as witnessed by the luxurious 2009 Hyundai Genesis and the group's favorable June automotive sales (even in a depressed market) demonstrate the increasing strength of the Korean automaker.

[Source: AutoIndustry]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      No surprise there. Hyundai-Kia is basically a knock off of Honda and Toyota styling. They've taken the Honda winning designs of the late 90 and early 2000 and they're still attractive. While Honduhs is shooting themselves with fugly products. The all new Acura TSX and TL. "Advance" yeah.. advance to the bottom of the list. Damn FUGLY crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...To me the brand hyundai.kia is like the brand like..samsung...I have never own any of these brands..so I don't ...I guess either you like them or not..
      it's a no news to me!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hundai-Kia it's also a very much popular in auto market,stiil it innovating new model's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda is DOOMED. They might as well give up now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He was being sarcastic, BUT, Honda is failing in the Acura department... and in the styling/performance part of the new Pilot. The MPG is dismal and it has braking distances on par with the Prius and Ford EDGE before they fixed the braking problem. It's also sluggishly slow, they still only have 5-speed automatics, and they're starting to get really ugly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He merely forgot the tag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ha! /sarcasm

        from what i've gathered from honda through it's existance is that they probably don't care about what number they place in that list.

        They just apparently want to make cars and don't aim for sales goals. I guess I'd assume they are like one of those easy to please content people who just enjoy doing what they're doing. Which would be great since they'll probably never plummet down the cart someday because they were overreaching and making bad decisions. (stupid new design language excluded...grr)
        • 6 Years Ago

        "Honda is DOOMED. They might as well give up now."


        Are you brain dead?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, that was supposed to say "/end sarcasm tag"
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Chrysler, GM or Ford files for Chapter 11, the dead-cat bounce will probably benefit Hyundai quite handsomely.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is expected, The new Sonata is so nice inside, albeit a little bland outside, the Veracruz is also a great value. The Sedona/Entourage is way better than the new Chrysler/Dodge minivans. The new Elantra has a high quality interior and nice ride. The Accent has to be one of the best sub-compacts(esp the three door SE). The Azera is very overlooked and is a excellent luxury sedan(not faux luxury like the XG, real luxury). That Santa Fe is such an improvement over the first you would never suspect they came from the same company. The new Genesis is amazing, then the KIA line is full of win with the Optima, Rondo, and New spectra(the current one is still way better than the domestic offerings). The Rio/Amanti is a little ugly, but both excellent cars. The Boreggo is looking like it's best in class right now, and the Sportage/Sportage/Tuscon just needs a little refreshing.

      Again.. it's no surprise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I meant Sorento on that last one
      • 6 Years Ago
      I spotted a French article on LeBlogAuto about this at http://www.leblogauto.com/2008/07/hyundaikia-motors-vraiment-le-5e-constructeur-automobile-mondial.html when we combine Renault and Nissan, it give other results

      It could be interesting to see if Hyundai might acquire some other company in the years to come

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hyundai/Kia are moving up. Because Hyundai is such a big company (biggest shipbuilder and construction/engineering) they have very deep pockets which they use to invest and pass value on to the consumer. With their expansion and export of small cars in India to their rapid move to upscale cars like the genesis, they are definately destined to become major players on the global stage, especially in emerging markets. Look for Hyundai/Kia to continue their product onslaught with high quality and the greatest value, a formula which will fuel their continued growth.
      rjolly21
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just bought a new Hyundai I used a service called autosatinvoice.com they got me the car i wanted at invoice without the dealer hassle, just thought i would pass it along.If your in the market you might want to give them a try.
      • 6 Years Ago
      #1 in 2020?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda will never be #1. They make great cars, and they're a good company. But they don't seem bent on world domination, they're not branching out enough into every niche as much as they would need to do that.

        Which is fine with me. Being #1 is overrated anyway. GM was #1 in the 80s while making crap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you mean #1 target of Autoblog 'import' car bashers?
        • 6 Years Ago
        when ford and gm crumble it will only be toyota and vw standing in the way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was a huge fan of Hyundai and their improvements. Like GM, they seemed to have been upping their quality: the 2006 Accent, Sonata, 2007 Elantra and Sante Fe, and now the 2009 Geneis all look incredible, and I've been in the first four listed (including owning a 2006 Sonata) and thought they were all really nice quality.

        However my 2006 Hyundai Sonata has NOT lived up the test of time. I've had her in three seperate times for weird engine noises, check engine light, terrible gas mileage (24.5 MPG tops, pump-calculated, on the highway... with my FOUR CYLINDER doing 65-67 MPH on cruise like an old lady), the transmission several times (including having a solenoid valve shaft, and the tranny wiring harness replaced) for it's light as well, it still shifts hard sometimes, let's see... my battery died in March so I replaced it with an Interstate at the dealership near me. Every 2-3 weeks my car dies in the middle of the night and I need to have it towed. I've been told by neighbors and loved ones that my parking and/or head lights come on in the middle of the night for no reason, and the dealer has spent all of 10 minutes looking at it. They suggesed my radio head-unit somehow causes my LIGHTS to turn on, and because the radio is out of warranty expect me to spend $1200 for an OEM radio. Sounds like a cop-out to me, and Hyundai's Regional reps have refused to even TALK to me about it let alone look at it.

        Actually, after spending... four or five hours on the phone with Hyundai of America about it I was told that my 2006 Sonata, with 50,000 miles on it, is no longer going to be looked at for free for WARRANTY REPAIRS (!!) even though the warranty is good until 60,000 bumper to bumper (I'm the second owner - the first was an older gentleman who put on 30,000 miles in 2 1/2 years, light miles). Which sucks because just last week one of my wheel bearings started sounding like it was going, and one or both of my break pads are somehow misaligned and rubbing on the rotors in the front whenever on the highway - so I have a lovely loud squealing sound. Doesn't happen when I brake, ironically. After calling Hyundai the other day for THOSE two NEW problems, I was told they wouldn't even allow a DEALER to LOOK at either issue under my warranty, and that I'd have to pay out of pocket?!?!?

        Yeah... not a huge fan of them anymore, and seriously considering trading her in before the THOUSAND DOLLAR 60,000 mile maintaince is due in the next half a year. Not to mention the cost of an aftermarket radio (which I'd spend some cash on, to get something decent), new pads (or fix the alignment or whatever with the existing ones), and one or more wheel bearings. Oh, and coming in from my lunch break at work this evening, my car alarm stopped working, meaning it no longer sets the alarm when using my key-fob, only locks the doors. Yippee??

        And Hyundai won't even TALK TO ME about it, let alone LOOK AT IT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        2018
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        @rouse42

        VW???
        Really???
        That's like the U.S. being concerned Switzerland is going to invade.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        are you forgetting what all VW group ownes?
        Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lambo, Scania, Seat, Skoda
        They are currently ranked 4th
        this article is not just about US sales but Worldwide sales.
        • 6 Years Ago
        WhynottheLS2: I believe this article is about Hyundai and not Honda. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, those comments are both misplaced (should have been below) and a bit off track. I stand behind them though, just not sure they're relevant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a sales consultant for Hyundai Canada, I am very happy to see this news! Go Hyundai/Kia! Even though we only own 36.8% of Kia.... :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      PMr.. President and the directors of kia in chile and the World RESENT It(He,She) motivates present I expose my objection with the service post sale that KIA S.A. that to supported with my vehicle Mark KIA I shape river JB, which was acquired newly does approximately 2 years and months in the branch of Santa Rosa, and up to the date they could not have solved
      I expose the following thing. For the alternatives that gave to me for the solution of the defective new vehicle acquired in his(its) place of house counterfoil kia, I have decided to give beginning to my spreading of the problems that my car presents and to denounce the different problems that this model presents, to find more persons who have suffered and stayed(still had) disappointed by the buy of vehicles kia, besides possible way of communication will publish for all the quantity of bad experiences lived with this company.
      Masters of KIA when I proposed to buy me this car and to trust in the new image that his(its) company was presenting in our country, many people I criticize my decision and it(he,she) was advising me that it(he,she) should not do it, they spoke too many negative things and they were saying that KIA was really of bad quality, that the service was defective and the vehicles were not to the used level of our country, but aposte for you and in these years that I have had the famous one KIA river JB, it has been one to walk of distress, jeers on behalf of friends and relatives, confirming everything exposed by they to the beginning of buying the car.
      Today in day I have lost the feeling towards him(it), sit a distress and frustration of having paid something and not be able to have enjoyed it, but I believe that everything is paid in the life, the bad acts of the persons or when the companies act badly, today with the tests(prooves) at sight and in my power, I put to disposition(regulation) my testimony before you, in order that they it(he,she) serves and they can be better every day, to contract better personnel and to bring products of better quality.
      Besides there will present first of all the mass media my testimony and experience, (In her(it) Look, I Contact, This does not have name, Special Report and he(she) programmes all that it(he,she) can), I will give to knowing to the public light since it is KIA, it will publish a summary of this letter in different written means of press, with a headline " THE FRUSTRATING BUY OF A KIA I LAUGH JB " (The Mercury, The Second one, The Third one, Publimetro, magazines between(among) others), one will entrust raising her(it) to the web, and to send them to all the directors of INDUMOTORA in chile, KIA in America and world, will send mail massive, and besides I will translate this letter into all the contacts of Global KIA Network, he(she) will send you copy to Mung KOO Chung Chairman and CEO Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, in order that they are in knowledge of the service of post sale in chile,
      Besides it(he,she) will search between(among) others in the web and will present it in facebook and all the groups created as forums and I will give my testimony of lived in the company Servicar to any way that it requests, on the seen with my own(proper) eyes, the deactivation of the piolas of car, and of the deception towards the people of new vehicles delivered by you, who previous his(its) sale, were used by external companies, for the movement of his(its) personnel. Regards Andrés Valenzuela.
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