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2010 Hyundai Tucson – Click above for high-res image gallery

Every automaker was expecting, or at least really hoping for, a dramatic rise in sales at the beginning of this year. Something in the lower double digits would have been an excellent start, a nice way to bring in the new year. Hyundai is one of those for which such dreams came true – the Korean automaker's dealers posted a 128-percent increase in sales in January.

Among the popular vehicles in the showroom blitz was the 2010 Tucson, leading Hyundai to boost production to meet demand. It's a great problem to have, especially after selling just 15,000 of the previous model last year. Hyundai America's CEO said the company foresees a "huge boost" this year. Part of that can be attributed to the troubles faced by a certain Japanese automaker, while another chunk of that gain is simply down to the fact that Hyundai is making some very good machinery.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Im finding the posting annoying and it keeps sending me emails. why cant i just log in a post all i want. sooo annoying.

      im new to the site and cant wait to get into the discussions with you guys. and luis i welcome you comments, not everyone has to love hyundais. i do ownder what kind of car you drive though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        His comments would be helpful if he knew anything about cars. He is just a Hyundai hater and regardless of the topic he'll bash the company. It's not about liking and hating - it's about opinion. Not everyone has to like Hyundai. As a matter of fact many people don't. It's very annoying when somebody comments about a car that he doesn't own or didn't even test drive. These comments don't help anyone. Before I buy a car I always read reviews and blog postings. This gives me pretty good impression of the car even before I test drive it. Then I test drive and make my mind completely. Then there are the haters - Honda, Hyundai, Toyota.... They don't care about other people's opinions. They just have to show everyone how "smart" they are. Personally I like the exterior and interior of the new Tucson. I think that it's by far the best looking CUV. I can't comment on its driving characteristics, because I haven't driven it yet. I am sure that it will sell very well, especially at the end of the year when Hyundai brings out rebates. Nobody buys Hyundai for MSRP. With couple of grand rebate and good negotiating skills one could get a fully loaded Tucson for around 24 - 25K. I would get that any day instead of 30+ grand for CR-V.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Bias - you can create a PW and email and not have to respond to emails to post. It works pretty well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      By the way, its the Elantra that's the problem. It sells ok but its behind in the class in terms of what it should be selling. The Accent on the other hand constantly makes #1 or #2 sales in its class in the US. Its at war with Nissan Versa right now. Its a 60K-70K unit a year car which is outstanding for the subcompact class.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Majority people who comes to AB have one sided mind. Most likely, if you own Toyota you are going to say good things about it, if you own Hyundai, you are going to say good things or maybe your parents works at one of these factories? Even if you talk trash about one car company or companies, nobody is going to listen to you. Do you think people come to AB to listen to you because you like it or not? Or do you think your opinion on this forum will make people not buy or buy these cars? Most people who buys these cars don't even come to AB. First, they will look at the design, if they like it, they will go to the dealer and see it. Check out the mileage it gets, warranties, and budget. When was the last time you heard someone bought a car or not after reading comments from some unknown internet person who wrote saying he/she liked it or not?
        • 5 Years Ago
        110% right. However I do test cars out via renting or driving a relative's or friends vehicle and get my own feedback. Then look wat prices. I never take auto journalism into consideration because its just another opinion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget the new Elantra they are testing now. It looks like a baby Sonata. Or the new redesigned Azera...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its Strange how my Account gets disabled in the past for I dont kow what, yet Luis is about to continue is Biased and borderline Racist Diatribe here. At least the rest of the people here check him with his rhetoric, and for that thanks.

      The Hyundai Haters must run the IT departments of these websites.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I'd buy this over any other sub $25k CUV on the market at this point. The only thing that really comes close is the Forester but this should be a couple grand cheaper and definitely looks nicer.

      It's crazy that I've gone from telling all my family and friends to buy Honda, Nissan, etc. to basically Hyundai and Ford. Shows that with the right vision and people, it's actually not that difficult to reinvent a brand.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai is on a roll. Yes, that's the story of 2010

      1. 2011 sonata ready to kick some butt
      2. 2010 Tucson - competitive CUV selling very well
      3. 2011 Equus arriving this summer - Just for the show
      4. 2011 Sonata Turbo - arrving late
      5. 2011 sonata Hybrid - arriving late

      next year
      6. New elantra 'sonata minime' ready to fight civic and corolla
      7. New Azera - stylling cues of sonata. big v6
      8. New Tiburon(veloster concept) - CR-Z fighter with 40mpg(hyundai's goal)
      9. New Accent - again, with fluidic sculpture design
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course Equus is going to fail if you are just looking at sales number.
        People are not quite ready for luxury Hyundais.

        Your comment just demonstrates your lack of knowledge in Hyundai brand.
        They're not trying to sell this car but merely show that they are capable of building a luxury car. In turn this will raise the perception of Hyundai cars and increase sales of Accent, Sonata, Tucoson, and etc.

        Luis you amaze me yet again that you would take the trouble of posting numerous comments about a car that you find ugly. Hmm,,, then again, some people just have too much time on their hands.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Equus is gonna be a major FAIL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        equus is gona be hot!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The media darlings: Honda Fit, MINI Cooper and Toyota Yaris arent the cars people are buying in droves, so Autoblog will you please stop writing article after article about these cars? Its obvious from Sales numbers Americans want Accent and Versa.

      When was the last time you did an Accent or Versa Article? Humm... its been a while right? It seems like you have some agenda against Accent and Versa.
        • 5 Years Ago

        You seriously want to see a Yaris post? Dang you must really be in love with Toyota! I can live the rest of my life without seeing much news about Yaris...

        But since you ask, here's one less than a month ago. Too bad it's not good news.

        • 5 Years Ago
        um, maybe because they haven't changed much. and when was the last time you saw a Yaris post? The Fit and Cooper are hot products and car enthusiasts like them (particularly the latter). No one is enthusiastic for an Accent or Versa.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder why they don't released this model as a 2011 model instead of 2010.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder why they didn't release this model as a 2011 model instead of 2010.
        • 5 Years Ago
        because it came out last year?
        • 5 Years Ago
        and because tucson is on a 5 year cycle. sonata too. first tucson came out earlier than last gen sonata.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I was a shareholder of any other car company, I would be insisting on them putting a 10 year warranty on - a much safer choice in tough times, especially with the Toyota debacle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Hyundai is a very nice design guys. But bear in mind this isn't an unusual jump in sales when you are going from a stale old model that everybody is done with to a new model. There are always very high sales the first few months after release and then things will really settle down.

      Many people shopping the Tucson probably waited for the new model to come out, so you have some pent up demand they are satisfying.

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