Hyundai Company is expected to recall in China more than 44,000 potentially defective vehicles, announced the Chinese authorities, a setback for the South Korean automaker whose sales had already collapsed against a background of disagreement between Beijing and Seoul, Radio Algerie reported on Wednesday.
Just over 600 Kia Borrego cars will be recalled to China due to poorly tuned axles, as well as forty Kia Sorento cars, the Chinese Administration for Quality Control, Inspection and Quarantine announced on Thursday (AQSIQ).
This is in addition to the recall, announced last weekend of 43,764 cars Sante Fe due to a motor defect can be dangerous.
Hyundai, which has seen its sales in China seriously affected by the heated dispute, between Beijing and Seoul over the deployment of the US anti-missile defense shield “Thaad” in South Korea, are struggling.
This diplomatic crisis had given rise to apparent economic reprisals from China, including the closure of many stores in the South Korean distribution chain Lotte in the country.
The activities and image of Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia Motors were not spared; their sales in China fell by 44% in March. Fueled by this poor performance, the group’s net profit plunged 21% in the first quarter.
China, the world’s biggest automotive market, has been considered crucial for foreign manufacturers despite a significant slowdown in sales: after a jump of almost 14% in 2016, they rose by only 3.7% First five months of 2017.