South Korea's two biggest carmakers, Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors, saw cumulative sales of their eco-friendly cars surpass three million units 13 years after they launched hybrid vehicles.
According to the two firms on Sunday, Hyundai and Kia sold 393-thousand-509 eco-friendly cars during the first five months of this year, raising total sales to three million-six-thousand-414 units.
The automakers reached the three million landmark 13 years after they launched their first eco-friendly cars in 2009 – the Hyundai Sonata and Kia K5 hybrid vehicles.
The two companies’ eco-friendly lineups include hybrid-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, all-electric vehicles, and fuel cell electric vehicles.
Since 2009, Hyundai and Kia's global accumulative sales came to 93 million units as of May, with eco-friendly cars accounting for just three-point-two percent of the sales.
However, the proportion has been increasing rapidly as of late, from the one percent level up until 2016 to 14-point-six percent this year.