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July sales surge for O.C. automakers

Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Mazda all report positive results, compared to 2009.

By Kristen SchottPublished: August 03, 2010 03:13 PM

Courtesy of Kia Motors America
July was a positive sales month for Orange County automakers, as many companies reported monthly and yearly increases. Irvine-based Kia and Fountain Valley-based Hyundai both saw record July numbers. Kia reported a 20.7 percent increase from the same month in 2009, with 35,419 vehicles sold, followed by Hyundai, with a 19 percent yearly gain. The automaker sold 54,106 cars in the period, marking the fourth time Hyundai has surpassed 50,000 vehicles in a month.

Cypress-based Mitsubishi reported its highest monthly sales total since August of last year, with 5,648 cars rolling off the lots. It's a 16.5 percent uptick, compared to July 2009. And, Irvine-based Mazda saw an 8.9 percent increase in sales in July. The automaker sold 20,732 cars last month.

However, sales fell 44 percent for Brea-based Suzuki, compared to July of last year.

Here's a breakdown of the local stats:

Irvine-based Kia Motors America
July sales: 35,419
July 2009 sales: 29,345
Increase: 20.7 percent
June sales: 31,906
Increase from June: 11 percent

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America

July sales: 54,106
July 2009 sales: 45,553
Increase: 19 percent
June sales: 51,205
Increase from June: 5.6 percent

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America
July sales: 5,648
July 2009 sales: 4,847
Increase: 16.5 percent
June sales: 4,198
Increase from June: 34.5 percent

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations

July sales: 20,732
July 2009 sales: 19,032
Increase: 8.9 percent
June sales: 18,238
Increase from June: 13.6 percent

Brea-based American Suzuki Motor Corp.
July sales: 1,952
July 2009 sales: 3,510
Decrease: 44 percent
June sales: 2,035
Decrease from June: 4 percent

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