Hyundai-Kia's combined U.S. sales rose 5.6 percent in March thanks to strong demand for crossovers.
Hyundai Motor America sales rose 1.8 percent to 61,538 in March. It was the eighth straight month of increasing sales.
The Elantra was the volume leader for Hyundai last month, with 15,866 units sold.
Kia Motors America deliveries rose 10 percent in March, the brand's best first-quarter performance since 2016. Sales were led by the Telluride crossover, with 5,080 units sold during the vehicle's first full month of nationwide availability.
Brands: Hyundai up 1.7%; Kia up 10%; Genesis up 4.7%
Notable nameplates: Hyundai Tucson, up 1.4%; Santa Fe, down 4.1%; Elantra, down 8.4%; Kia Optima, up 20%; Forte down, 9.8%; Soul, up 11%.
Q1 2019 U.S. light-vehicle market share: 7.2% vs. 6.7% in Q1 2018.
Incentives: Hyundai, $2,510, down 13%; Kia, $3,690, down 4.4%, ALG says.
Average transaction price: For Hyundai, $22,901, up 0.9%; For Kia, $23,915, up 3.9%, according to ALG.
Quote: "Demand for the all-new Telluride has exceeded our own high expectations and the increased showroom traffic helped Kia to a strong first quarter close," said Bill Peffer, vice president, sales operations, Kia Motors America.
Did you know? Hyundai sold nearly 30,000 utility vehicles in March, representing 49 percent of total volume.