Hyundai, Kia expect to top 2013 global sales goal

Hyundai and Kia saw their combined global sales rise 6 percent to 6.9 million vehicles from January to November this year from a year earlier.

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SEOUL (Reuters) -- Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said on Monday that they are on track to sell more than 7.5 million vehicles globally this year, higher than their earlier target of 7.41 million vehicles, after overseas sales growth offset lackluster domestic shipments.

Hyundai and Kia, which rank fifth in global vehicle sales, expect a tough year in 2014 as Japanese and European automakers are seen accelerating competition and the United States and Chinese markets face moderating growth.

In the United States, Hyundai's sales have edged up 2 percent this year through November while volume has declined 3 percent at Kia in an overall market that has expanded 8 percent.

In South Korea, German carmakers are forecast to aggressively boost sales next year and erode the home market dominance of Hyundai and Kia, driven by a free trade deal.

Hyundai and Kia said they saw their combined global sales rise 6 percent to 6.9 million vehicles from January to November this year from a year earlier. Their overseas sales rose 8 percent during the period, while South Korean shipments dipped 3 percent.

Solid sales gains in emerging markets like China and Brazil outweighed slowing sales in the United States and South Korea where Hyundai and Kia have underperformed rivals partly due to aging models.

Last year, Hyundai and Kia sold a combined 7.1 million vehicles.

Hyundai next year plans to launch a new mid-sized Sonata sedan, its bread-and-butter model, while Kia Motors is expected to roll out the Sorento SUV and Carnival minivan.

Chung Mong-koo, chairman of Hyundai Motor Group, is expected to announce the automakers' 2014 sales target in his New Year speech on Jan. 2.

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