Hyundai and Kia announced on Tuesday that between the Korean automakers sales of hybrid vehicles have exceeded the 100,000 mark.
While Toyota and its Prius routinely crest this figure the Hyundai/Kia achievement is notable since it comes less than four years after the brands started offering hybrids.
The global sales figure is also impressive in light of the Korean automakers’ recent fuel economy rating labels misfire. While the mislabeling of EPA-rated fuel economy for certain Hyundai and Kia models would seem like the public-relations nightmare that it was, Hyundai has said that customers are highly satisfied with how the automakers are handling the issue.
The Korean brands sold 56,203 hybrids in the first 11 months of this year, up 69 percent from a year earlier according to a report on <em>Chosun.com.</em> Aggregate sales of the Sonata stood at 55,624 units as of last month, including 21,760 sold in Korea, making up just over half of the automakers’ total sales of hybrid models.