LOS ANGELES -- Hyundai-Kia sales continued their U.S. slide in September, though strength in Kia's car sales helped slow the group's decline on the year.
Sales at the two automakers dropped 5.5 percent in September to 109,475 units; the brands are down 10 percent on the year to 969,670.
Hyundai Motor America had yet another month of double-digit declines, the company said in a release. Combined sales of the Hyundai and Genesis brands fell 14 percent from September-record year-earlier levels to 57,007.
As it has before this year, Hyundai pinned its sales declines on lower fleet sales. It said those sales slid 37 percent from a year earlier.
The Sante Fe duo of crossovers and the Tucson were the only real bright spots in Hyundai's lineup last month. The Santa Fe family was up a modest 0.6 percent in September to 11,420, making it the brand's second-largest seller.
The smaller Tucson posted its best September ever, with sales rising 38 percent to 10,118.
But Hyundai's car sales continue to flounder.
The brand's top-selling Elantra dropped 26 percent in September to 14,401. Despite a significant update to the midsize Sonata, sales of the sedan tumbled 36 percent to 9,889 sales. A year earlier, it had been the brand's No. 2 seller. It ranked No. 4 in September.
Sales at the Genesis luxury brand jumped 43 percent to 1,736.