Orange County’s largest automakers notched mostly gains in August as they pushed through the final days of summer.
Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. reported the largest percentage gain for the month, up 13% from a year earlier to 60,730 vehicles sold. The Sportage, Telluride and Forte were among the models that helped drive sales for the month. Kia, year-to-date, has sold 418,979 vehicles, up nearly 5% from the year-ago period.
August sales of Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. rose 12% to 63,737, keeping year-to-date vehicle sales up about 4% from a year earlier to 454,405. Hyundai’s Ioniq saw the largest percentage sales increase of 51% to 2,152 units sold.
Mazda North American Operations of Irvine sold 27,482 vehicles in August, up 6.5% from a year ago. That was driven, in part, by sales of the CX-5. Mazda sales for the year through August are down 12% to 189,329 vehicles.
Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc., which is relocating to Tennessee, saw sales fall 3.3% from the year-ago period to 8,139 vehicles. The Mirage led sales for the month, with 2,824 sold. Mitsubishi year-to-date sales are still up 2.5% from the same period a year ago to 87,849 vehicles.