Hyundai, Kia soars in first-half profits SEOUL — No.1 Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. sees first-half profits rise 181.7%, buoyed by a strong economic recovery at home. Its record net profit of 310.4 billion won (US$277.8 million) in the first six months exceeded projections of 300 billion won (US$268.6 million). The automaker projects its sales for the year to reach 18.6 trillion won (US$16.7 billion). Profits of Hyundai subsidiary Kia Motors Corp. rose to 82.6 billion won ...

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