Seoul shares ended firm on Monday fueled by auto issues including Hyundai Motor (005380.KS) on its solid monthly sales, while Hankook Tire (000240.KS) rallied on positive brokerage comments and target price hikes.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) finished up 0.49 percent at 1,564.98 points.

(Reporting by Jungyoun Park; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)