• Aug 18, 2009
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If you were shocked by the news from around this time last year that the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group had jumped up to 5th in the global standings of the world's largest car manufacturers, you'll be just as surprised by the latest sales figures that place the Korean automaker this year in the fourth slot, leapfrogging past Ford to slot in (significantly) underneath Volkswagen.

The figures come from the Automotive News Data Center, which places Hyundai-Kia's global sales for the first half of 2009 at 2,153,000 units, just edging out Ford's 2,145,000 units so far this year. Of course, these numbers count the Nissan-Renault Alliance as two separate units, with 1.5 million and 1.1 million units respectively, but if combined they'd knock Hyundai (as well as Ford) out of position with over 2.6 million units. After Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Ford, French automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen comes in sixth, just barely ahead of Honda, with Nissan in 8th, Suzuki in 9th and Renault rounding out the top ten. Check out Kia's official press release after the jump.



[Source: Kia]

PRESS RELEASE


KOREANS DRIVE FORD OUT OF FOURTH PLACE IN GLOBAL MANUFACTURER RANKING

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd. is pleased to announce that parent company, Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, has become the fourth largest global automotive manufacturer, according to data just published.

Based on figures from the Automotive News Data Centre, the Korean manufacturer has overtaken Ford which saw it's sales fall by more than 30 per cent in the first half of 2009, selling 8,000 more vehicles than the US giant in the first half of 2009.

Results for all of last year saw Hyundai-Kia trail Ford by around 1,000,000-units, but by reducing the impact of the global recession by producing the right product for the right times, the group has managed to take fourth place much quicker than had been predicted.

Go back just 10 years and the newly unified company was in 11th place overall, but rapid globalisation has seen state of the art factories being built in several countries including Slovakia, the United States and China. The manufacturing facilities have been geared-up to build products that are designed and engineered for local markets. The Kia cee'd is a leading example, being designed, developed and engineered in Germany and built in Slovakia.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      @Jim Dubois

      hee-yun-dai
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen some of KIA's cars and made me amaze with their designs and features.
      I have no doubts on the fact that they've overtaken ford for the largest auto maker.

      Keep up the good work!


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Congratulations Hyundai/Kia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @inteller

      sorry, but it's Toyota, GM, VW and ....

      i have read this in the fincial news (12 august 2009) .
      GM is second
      as soon as saab and opel is sold i exspect to drop behind VW.

      Toyota: 3.564.105 -26% over first six months in 2008
      GM: 3.552.722 -21.8% ............
      VW: 3.100.000 -5,1% ...............
      • 5 Years Ago
      i've seen a few genesis coupes driving around. i think, 'wow, that's a nice looking car, what is it?' and then i recall that it's a genesis and i'm surprised again. it's no surprise that hyundai is moving up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not because Ford is not making great vehicles that Americans don't want, it's because we Americans are our own worst enemy. WAKE UP AMERICANS and smell the coffee before we lose everything!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        what are you babbling about?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude, you sound like a bitch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would choose a Hyundai/Kia over any American car. I have a Nissan and a Honda, both are superior to any American car. Plus im eyeing the Kia Soul as my next car. And Hyundai/Kia, Nissan, and Honda all have US plants, is that not creating jobs?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What am I babbling about? If your not smart enough to know then someone should tell you. If you believe all those false perception from the media, go ahead. Maybe one day you will lose your job and wonder why. If that the attitude of those who are working, fine. I'm enjoying retirement with an excellent pension and I don't need a job!...All I'm trying to do is keep our jobs and industries intact for the future generations. So when someone tells me what I'm babbling about when I say American cars are just as good, that someone should get their head examined!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never been a fan of Hyundai's until I drove one. Their actually very good cars, better then most people think, and their cheep. I think any praise they get is well deserved.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats Hyundai.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Kia/Hyundai. Im glad to see them excelling. Theyre comming out with some good new cars (the genesis needs alot of work to become competitive though imo).

      I forsee this to be a short term thing however. Ford will regain the spot within months, especialy once the Focus/Fiesta/Taurus arrive. Ford is just getting started.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a huge win for the underdogs! More and more I'm seeing both makes (Hyundai especially) on the road. I've come across both iterations of the Genesis on the street and been stopped by their good looks each time.

      I rented a Hyundai Elantra on vacation last year and it was fantastic, better in almost every way than my 07 Golf.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Kia, I just got a Soul 5spd and I love it to pieces. Such a fun little car.
      But I still have my F150 so I haven't converted just yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guys, this is old news...

      Anyway, Hyundai and Kia deserve the success, their products are really improving lately, but it's a little bit easier when you'r copying and tweaking everybody else's designs.

      Once again, selling more is not a indication of a better product, see where the "I am # 1" fight took GM and Toyota...
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