SEOUL, Aug. 07 (Yonhap) — Hyundai Motor Co. and sister company Kia Corp. saw its shipments of eco-friendly vehicles surpass the 200,000-unit mark for the first time in the first half of this year, data released by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) showed on Sunday.
In the January-June period, the country’s top two automakers together shipped 224,672 electric, hybrid and hybrid vehicles overseas, up 30.6 percent from the previous year, according to the data.
It is the first time that their sales of ecological vehicles have reached the 200,000 mark for this period, after also breaking the 100,000 mark for the first time in the first quarter of this year.
Market watchers expect their eco-model sales to reach 400,000 this year, if the current trend continues.
Hyundai Motor exported 116,770 eco-cars in the first half, up 22.1 percent year-on-year, while sales of Kia’s eco-models also rose 42.3 percent in the same period to 107,902 units, according to the data.
Hyundai and Kia have made efforts to produce more environmentally friendly cars in line with the global trend towards environmentally friendly and non-emission vehicles.
Last year, they exported a total of 373,007 green cars, surpassing the 300,000 mark in one year for the first time. That number represented an increase of 38.2% over the previous year.