Those siblings Hyundai and Kia have always had a big brother-little brother pecking order. Hyundai was Wally, and Kia was The Beaver.
But in June and July, Beav had the edge — for the first time ever.
Actually, neither has had a stellar year in the U.S. Sales for both Hyundai and Kia declined sharply in June and July, due mainly to reduced fleet volume and slow car sales.
In July, the Korean duo sold 108,822 vehicles, down 19 percent for the month. But Hyundai lost more ground (down 22 percent in June and 30 percent in July) and was outsold by its little buddy 56,143-52,894 in June and 56,403-52,419 in July.
For the full year, Hyundai still has a lead of 388,860-352,139, a difference of less than 37,000 sales. But at this point last year, the gap was more than 60,000 vehicles in Hyundai's favor. Indeed, if the gap continues to narrow, this fraternal rivalry may be getting kinda rowdy by the end of the year.