Sales of Hyundai cars in U.S. up 2 pct in May

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor America, the U.S. sales arm of South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co., said Monday that its sales edged up 2 percent in May from a year earlier due to strong sales of its core products.

Hyundai said it sold 68,358 vehicles in May, compared with 67,019 units in the same month in 2012. The carmaker said it was the company's second-best sales month of all-time, second only to March 2012.

"May was a high-velocity sales month for us, with the post-Memorial Day frenzy leaving us well positioned for the summer selling season," Dave Zuchowski, the executive vice president of national sales, said in a comment posted on the website of Hyundai Motor America.

"Our core products -- the Elantra, Sonata and Santa Fe -- all performed exceptionally well. We're selling each of these three U.S-built products as fast as we can build them."

Hyundai said the Elantra and Sonata remain extremely hot sellers, with that duo exceeding 45,000 combined sales for the first time ever.

It also said the all-new Santa Fe is continuing its capacity-constrained torrid selling rate, exceeding the 7,000 unit mark. It is up 21 percent on a year-to-date basis and is in short supply across the country.

"Our plants continue to work at maximum capacity to meet record demand levels across our lineup," John Krafcik, the president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said in a comment posted on its website.

Meanwhile, Kia Motors America, the U.S. sales arm of South Korea's Kia Motors Corp., said it sold 52,327 units in May, up 1.1 percent from a year ago.

Hyundai and Kia are the two major flagship units of South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest carmaker.

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