Starting on July 2, Hyundai's regional headquarters in the three regions and Kia's offices in North America and Europe will begin work in earnest, with top managers allowed to take charge of matters involving local output and sales networks, Hyundai Motor Group said in a statement.
Until recently, the two carmakers' regional offices have sought approval from their headquarters in Seoul as they have not been allowed to make key decisions on local production and sales networks.
Under the regional headquarters arrangement, the companies will establish supplementary divisions in charge of planning, finance, products and customer services, the statement said.
Hyundai and Kia, which together form the world's fifth-biggest carmaker by sales, aim to sell a combined 7.55 million vehicles for 2018, slightly higher than the 7.25 million units they sold a year earlier. (Yonhap)