Hyundai Motor set a new monthly sales record in the U.S. in August for its Equus large sedan, helping Korea's largest carmaker claim 9.7 percent of the large premium car market there for the first time.
Hyundai said Sunday that it sold 435 Equus, a record since it launched the model there in December 2010. In Korea, it sold just over double this number, or 981 units, in the same month.
"A modified version with an upgraded design and additional options went on sales in the U.S. in mid-July. This got a good response from the market, contributing to a 47 percent rise in sales on-year," the automaker said.
Overall, Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors owned a combined 7.9 percent of the U.S. car market last month. Hyundai alone had 4.4 percent.