Hyundai Motor America (HMA) and Kia Motors America (KMA) saw their sales grow by about 7 percent in the U.S. market last month due to their aggressive marketing plan. At the same time, the sales of large models such as Hyundai Genesis and Kia Sedona increased, while their average selling prices also rose 6.6 percent.
Kia Motors America also enjoyed a 6.8-percent growth during February boosting it sales to 44,030 units, the second highest monthly record behind 45,038 units set in February 2012.
Their combined sales reached 96,535 units, with their market share rising to 7.7 percent from 7.4 percent a month ago. The overall sales of new cars in the U.S. grew 5.3 percent to 1,258,570 units last month.
Key factors behind the robust performance of the two Korean car makers include their efforts to increase dealer incentives. One of the measures included in the Hyundai Marketing Strategy plan was provided a per-unit incentive of $1,844 to local dealers last month, up 9.6 percent from a year ago, while Kia increase the dealer incentive to $3,000 per unit, up 35 percent from a year before.
In the meantime, Japanese car makers rode high in the U.S. market thanks to the weak yen. Japan’s major auto makers such as Toyota, Subaru, and Mitsubishi marked a double-digit growth in their U.S. car sales last month.