Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors significantly ramped up sales of their electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe. Hyundai and Kia's EV sales in the European market in January stood at 6,083 units, up 71.3 percent from 3,552 units in January, Hyundai and Kia said on Feb. 18.
By car model, Kia Soul EV sales rose to 944 units, up 254.9 percent from 266 units in January of 2019. Niro EV sales rose 118.5 percent from 1,593 to 729 in the same period. Hyundai Ioniq EV sales swelled 68 percent from 657 to 1,104 units and Kona EV sales 28.5 percent from 1,900 to 2,442 units.
The two automakers’ combined sales in the European market in January arrived at 79,458 units, down 3.9 percent from the same month of last year. However, their sales drop was small compared to overall sales in the European auto market which declined 7.4 percent in the same period. As a result, their market share in Europe inflated from 6.7 percent to 7.0 percent. Hyundai sales alone shrank 7.1 percent to 41,527 units, while Kia 0.3 percent to 37,931 units.
By car model, Hyundai's Kona sold 9,717 units, recording the highest sales volume among Hyundai and Kia models. Kia's European strategic model Ceed came in second with 9,184 units, followed by the Tucson with 8,423, the Sportage with 7.774, the Niro with 5,676 and the i10 with 5,669.