One of four Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicle sales in June, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.
U.S. auto sales were up 2.5% for the month, adding 1.5 million cars and light trucks, and are on track to reach 16.7 million for the year.
Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley sold 67,511 vehicles for the month, nine more than in June 2015. Sales of the South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co. subsidiary are up 1% so far this year to 374,061—its best first six months ever.
“Our CUVs continued to be shining stars for the month and had their best all-time sales in June,” Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales, said in a statement. “Tucson was the only vehicle in the compact SUV category to receive good ratings for both driver and passenger in the latest Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap crash test ratings, just announced this past week, and customers are starting to take note.”
Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine, part of Hyundai Motor Group, reported selling 62,572 cars and SUVs, up 15.6% over the same period last year. The automaker’s year-to- date sales total 202,829, a 4.3% increase. Mazda North American Operations in Irvine was down 3.8 % to 26,188 vehicles. The automaker’s 2016 sales added up to 145,354, an 8.6% decrease.
Mazda North American Operations in Irvine was down 3.8 % to 26,188 vehicles. The automaker’s 2016 sales added up to 145,354, a 8.6% decrease.
Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. sold 8,023 vehicles, a 1% increase from a year-ago period. It has sold 51,934 cars and SUVs year-to- date, a 5% increase.
U.S. auto dealers overall have sold 8.6 million vehicles so far this year, a 1.5% increase compared with the same six months in 2015.
New retail registrations in Orange County meanwhile were up 5.3% in the first five months of the year to 80,275 vehicles, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association in Newport Beach. Car sales were down 2.6% compared to the year-ago period while light truck numbers were up 16.8%
Domestic automakers— including General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co.—posted the biggest increase: they were up 11.7% to 18,108 vehicles sold in the county, while Japan-based manufacturers had the biggest share of sales volume—39,827 vehicles.
South Korean brands were flat with 7,202 registrations, while European automakers were up 2.8% with 15,138 vehicles sold here.