Hyundai and Kia keep the world's 5th largest carmakers in Q1

Tinuku - Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller corporate cousin Kia Motors Corp. maintained their fifth-largest carmaker status in the first half of 2018. The data based on corporate reports published by media outlets on Sunday, showed Hyundai Motor Group, which has the two South Korean carmakers under its wing, sold a combined 3.59 million vehicles in the January-June.

Hyundai and Kia have both struggled in recent years as their sales contracted sharply in China, the world's largest car market, and due to their relatively weak SUV lineup. The findings showed Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which took the top slot in 2017, sold the most cars in the first six months.

Tinuku Hyundai and Kia keep the world's 5th largest carmakers in Q1

Germany's Volkswagen Group, Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp. in the United States made the top four. The Franco-Japanese alliance sold 5.53 million cars combined, with Volkswagen's numbers standing at 5.51 million and Toyota reaching just under 5.21 million.

Corporate numbers revealed that total sales for the automotive alliance dipping for the first time in five years, due to sluggish sales in the North American market, despite the carmakers doing well in China.

VW said it sold 7.1 percent more cars this year vis-a-vis 2017, with Toyota posting 1.6 percent gains. GM, by selling its Opel affiliate to the PSA Group, saw its sales slide 11.3 percent to around 4.15 million units, with numbers being mostly strong in its home market.