Orange County Business Journal

OC Automakers Hit Sales Slump in February

Kari Hamanaka Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Hyundai Elantra sedan

Hyundai Elantra sedan

Orange County automakers saw sales fall in February with their national counterparts recording a mixed bag for the month.

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc., the largest automaker with operations here, sold 49,003 vehicles for the month. That’s down 6% from the year-ago period.

Hyundai attributed the sales slowdown to bad weather.

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. sold 41,218 vehicles, down less than 1% from a year earlier.

Mazda North American Operations, also of Irvine, had a 2.4% fall in vehicle sales to 24,431.

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. sold 5,977 vehicles, down 1.2% from a year earlier.

February sales results elsewhere in the country were generally mixed.

U.S. vehicle sales were about flat at 1.19 million, according to New Jersey-based Autodata Corp.’s Motor Intelligence. Automakers are on pace to sell 15.34 million vehicles this year.