Hyundai-Accent-China sales

SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co.'s subcompact Accent reclaimed the title of best-selling car in its segment in China this year from Shanghai General Motors Co., industry data showed Monday.

Hyundai sold 40,082 units of the Accent, called the Verna in the Chinese market, in the first two months of this year, beating Shanghai GM's Sail subcompact car with 39,161 units, according to the data.

The sales of Accent in January and February represent a 24 percent rise from a year ago.

Last year, Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors Co and its Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp., sold 218,104 units of the Sail in the world's biggest auto market, compared with the Accent with 203,589 units.

Hyundai's smaller sister company, Kia Motors Corp., maintained fifth place in subcompact passenger car sales in China during the first two months by selling 24,190 units of its Pride subcompact.

Hyundai and Kia, the flagship affiliates of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaking group, sold a combined 268,928 vehicles in January and February, up 39.5 percent from a year ago.

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