Cumulative sales of Hyundai's Elantra in U.S. top 2 M

Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's top automaker, said Monday that cumulative sales of its compact Elantra in the United States surpassed the two million mark since its debut in 1991. The milestone is the latest sign of popularity of the Elantra, called the Avante in South Korea, in the world's second-largest automotive market.

Hyundai Motor has expanded the Elantra lineup in the U.S. in recent years by introducing the i30 and the Avante Coupe, called the Elantra GT and the Elantra Coupe, respectively.

In February, cumulative sales of Hyundai's vehicles in the U.S. surpassed the eight million mark, 27 years after it made inroads into the U.S. market.

Hyundai Motor and its smaller sister company Kia Motors Corp. ranked seventh in terms of sales in the U.S. in March as their combined market share accounted for 8.1 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S. last month, according to Hyundai.

Still, the latest milestone is overshadowed by a massive recall in the U.S. by Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors. The two carmakers said earlier this month they were recalling more than 1.86 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix problems with brake light switches and airbags. Hyundai and Kia are the flagship units of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest carmaker.

Philippines News agency