Seoul Experiences Heavy Traffic as Lunar New Year Holiday EndsHyundai Motor Nears Historic 100 Million Cumulative Sales Mark

SEOUL — As the Lunar New Year holiday concluded, significant traffic congestion was anticipated on major highways leading into Seoul.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the return trip to Seoul from Busan, 320 kilometers to the southeast, was expected to take approximately five hours and 40 minutes early Monday morning. Similarly, travelers from Gwangju, 267 kilometers south of Seoul, faced a four-hour and 30-minute journey. Conversely, the Korea Expressway Corp. noted shorter estimated travel times for those leaving Seoul, with the Seoul to Busan and Seoul to Gwangju drives taking about 4 hours and 40 minutes and 3 hours and 20 minutes, respectively.

Traffic volume towards Seoul was predicted to intensify between 10-11 a.m., peaking around 3-4 p.m., and then diminishing towards midnight. The state-run corporation projected that 4.2 million vehicles would be on the move on Monday, marking a decrease from the previous day's figures.

SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's leading car manufacturer, is on the brink of achieving a significant milestone with its cumulative car sales expected to reach 100 million units in 2024. Since commencing operations in 1968, the automaker has sold 97 million vehicles globally, including 73 million units in international markets.

According to Yonhap News Agency, given the company's sales target of 4.24 million vehicles for the year, it is anticipated that this landmark figure will be attained by September, marking a momentous achievement in Hyundai's history. The company began its journey in the automotive industry with domestic sales in 1968, expanding to exports by 1976. Among its diverse range of models, the Avante compact has emerged as the top seller, amassing cumulative sales of 15.1 million units, followed by the Accent subcompact and the Sonata sedan.

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