Korea’s Hyundai Automotive Group, which includes both Hyundai and Kia brands, sold 894,496 units in the U.S. last year, coming within 14,074 units of Nissan North America Inc., historically third among best-selling Asian auto makers in the U.S. It is the smallest margin ever between the car companies. Last year about 35,000 units separated the two, according to Ward’s data. Strong performances by both Hyundai and Kia brands, Hyundai group sales rose 21.7% in the U.S. last year, ...

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