Most Orange County automakers reported rises in August sales despite supply chain challenges.
Kia America Inc. reported a 22% increase in year-over-year sales to 66,089 vehicles, a “best ever” August for the Irvine automaker, company officials said. Sales were led by the Kia Sportage, its compact SUV.
“In light of ongoing supply challenges across the industry, achieving a best-ever August sales performance is a testament to the strength of our product lineup, our dealers and our employees,” Kia VP, Sales Operations Eric Watson said in a statement. “We are optimistic that production through the end of the year will improve.”
Hyundai Motor America of Fountain Valley saw August sales grow 14% to 64,335 vehicles. The company’s compact SUV, the Tucson, was its highest-selling vehicle.
“We’re seeing inventory begin to rebound which resulted in strong sales this month,” Hyundai CEO Randy Parker said in a statement. “Despite estimates of an overall industry decline, our sales were driven by high demand for our product line of SUVs and eco-friendly vehicles.”
Genesis Motor America Inc., reported a 3% increase in August sales to 5,102 vehicles. Sales of the Fountain Valley-based luxury vehicle division of Hyundai were driven by the automaker’s GV70, a compact SUV.
Mazda North America Operations saw a 6.7% drop in August sales to 25,426 vehicles. The Irvine automaker’s highest selling car was its compact SUV, the CX-5.