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O.C. automakers build momentum in January

Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi and Suzuki report year-over-year sales increases last month.

By Kristen SchottPublished: February 01, 2011 03:00 PM

A number of Orange County carmakers saw sales increases in January over the same time last year – and one local auto exec calls the results "encouraging."

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai and Irvine-based Kia continued to set records last month; the former sold 37,214 autos, up 22 percent from January 2010. A total of 27,789 Kia models were sold – and that number is up 25.6 percent.

"Our January sales results were encouraging, continuing the momentum of our best year ever, amidst signals that the economy is stabilizing on a trajectory of steady, sustained growth," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's executive vice president of national sales.

Meanwhile, Cypress-based Mitsubishi saw the largest uptick in sales, with numbers rising 37 percent to 5,714 units. And Brea-based Suzuki's sales hit 2,562, up 26 percent from January 2010.

Irvine-based Mazda, on the other hand, saw its numbers slump 9.1 percent to 14,267, due to a reduction in fleet sales in January, according to the company.

Here's how the numbers shake out:

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America
January sales: 37,214
January 2010 sales: 30,503
Increase: 22 percent

Irvine-based Kia Motors America
January sales: 27,789
January 2010 sales: 22,123
Increase: 25.6 percent

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations
January sales: 14,267
January 2010 sales: 15,694
Decrease: 9.1 percent

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America
January sales: 5,714
January 2010 sales: 4,170
Increase: 37 percent

Brea-based American Suzuki Motor Corp.
January sales: 2,562
January 2010 sales: 2,040
Increase: 26 percent

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