June 16, 2020 10:54
Hyundai and affiliate Kia have seen their combined sales of eco-friendly cars exceed the 1.5 million milestone globally.
The carmakers said on Monday that as of May, they had sold 1.54 million hybrid, electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid cars since they started the sale of green cars in 2009. Only a third of them, or about 504,400, were sold in the domestic market.
Despite the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus epidemic, their green car sales in the first five months of the year rose 12 percent on-year to 160,000 units, in contrast to a 25.6-percent plunge in overall sales.
The Niro hybrid SUV was the most popular model with 359,460 units sold, followed by the Sonata hybrid (246,217 units) and Ioniq hybrid (192,926 units).
The carmakers are also expanding their presence in the global green car market. According to automotive market researcher MarkLines, Hyundai and Kia accounted for a combined 9.1 percent of the market from January to April this year, up 2.2 percentage points from the same period of last year.
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