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Hyundai and Kia Forecast Slowest Sales Gain in Nine Years

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Hyundai Motor Co. (005380) and Kia Motors Corp. (000270), South Korea’s largest automakers, forecast their weakest sales growth in nine years as they run out of capacity to increase output and competition intensifies in major markets.

The companies’ combined deliveries will rise 2.5 percent to 8.2 million vehicles in 2015, Chung Mong Koo, chairman of both automakers, said during a New Year address to employees in Seoul today. That would be the slowest growth since 2006. The forecast was in line with the median estimate of 8.2 million units in a Bloomberg News survey of five analysts.

Hyundai and Kia will “actively respond” to global economic uncertainties and a weaker yen that gives Japanese competitors an advantage, and will be able to “easily” meet the 2015 target, said Chung, 76. The carmakers plan to increase production by a combined 38 percent in China by 2018 to meet demand, and have introduced updated versions of sport-utility vehicles Tucson and Sportage to maintain their market share.

“The carmakers will have a slow 2015 as they both have no room to increase output with no new plants or expansions planned for the year,” Koh Tae Bong, an analyst at HI Investment & Securities Co. in Seoul, said before Chung’s comments. “What’s key for the coming year is maintaining market share and gauging how well the biggest markets react to their new SUV models.”

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A good problem to have, your production is maxed out and you sell all you make.

KIA has plans for a plant in Mexico that's to come online around July 2016. It's to build Fortes and Rios. Rios. Get it? :rolleyes:

I'd copy and paste but my mouse seems to be on its deathbed.
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