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2011 Hyundai Sonata – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai is movin' on up. According to The Detroit News, the Sonata officially displaced the Nissan Altima as the third best-selling mid-size sedan in America last month. In August, the Korean manufacturer sold 21,399 units, falling just behind the Honda Accord at 22,506 and the Toyota Camry at a little over 30,000. Those numbers are just based on retail sales, not the vehicles that are sold off to rental fleets. The Sonata has been besting rivals like the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu for a good while now, but this is the first time the car has managed to rattle the Japanese triumvirate that dominates the segment.

It seemed to be only a matter of time, though. The Sonata now wears some of the best looking sheet metal of any midsizer out there and its price tag comes in a good bit lower than both the Accord and the Camry. Throw in a snappy interior and very efficient drivetrain options, and suddenly you've got the attention of the car-buying public. The Detroit News says that since the 2011 Sonata debuted, the number of car buyers considering the vehicle has leapfrogged from 6.2 percent in January of 2007 to 19.5 percent recently. Thanks for the tip, Nicolai!



Photos by Steven J. Ewing / Copyright ©2010 AOL


[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Camry will be safe but looks like the Accord will lose its #2 spot. It will be interesting to see how Honda reacts with the next generation Accord because I see a rivalry of the "H" brands.
        • 4 Years Ago
        inline

        new sonata came out late feb. so first couple of months don't really count since outgoing sonata sales weren't as good as the new one.

        again, if you just go by retail, sonata is #3. domestic and altima have very high retail sales compared to sonata.

        and sonata is doing this with 4banger only. read my post above.

        • 4 Years Ago
        They'll get Toyota by the end of the year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        keep in mind taht Sonata's fleet sale is in a single digit. so basically if you add upcoming hybrid + turbo + speed up the production + increase in fleet sales(maybe up to 17%?) then Sonata really might become the best selling car in America.


        Hybrid - at least 3000 per month(it will outsell insight)
        Turbo - 2000 per month
        increase fleet - 2000-4000 per month
        possible wagon? - 1500-2000 per month(honda has crossturd, toyota has venza, so it's possible)

        and these sales probably will not effect 4banger's sales.
        I don't see why hyundai wouldn't be able to sell 30k sonatas a month.
        • 4 Years Ago
        correction - new sonata came out late jan - early feb, but they became #3 since march. so i still wouldn't count first 2 months.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not so fast, folks:

        Jan-Aug 2010 sales:

        1. Camry: 220,061
        2. Accord: 211,504
        3. Altima: 148,881
        4. Malibu: 146,957
        5. Fusion: 145,653
        6. Sonata: 128,484

        The Sonata is still 15% shy of the Fusion/Malibu/Altima. Not even close to Accord or Camry.

        These results are just for August 2010. It's doubtful the Sonata will pass the Fusion or Malibu by the end of the year, even.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AB is misquoting the DetNews article. The sales stated for the Sonata, Camry, and Accord are straight from the monthly sales reports, including fleet sales (but not Crosstours in the case of the Accord).

        Later in the article, John Krafcik is quoted as saying Sonata has outsold Fusion and Malibu for 6 months on a retail-only basis.

        Considering that Sonata has been at several points production constrained in sales and that the Elantra is going to Montgomery and that even the old Elantra routinely outsells the Santa Fe that was moved out, it'll be interesting to see if supply of the Sonata can equal demand and both be more than the Accord's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AB is misquoting the DetNews article. The sales stated for the Sonata, Camry, and Accord are straight from the monthly sales reports, including fleet sales (but not Crosstours in the case of the Accord).

        Later in the article, John Krafcik is quoted as saying Sonata has outsold Fusion and Malibu for 6 months on a retail-only basis.

        Considering that Sonata has been at several points production constrained in sales and that the Elantra is going to Montgomery and that even the old Elantra routinely outsells the Santa Fe that was moved out, it'll be interesting to see if supply of the Sonata can equal demand and both be more than the Accord's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan you have to change dramatically the nissan altima if you want to mantain the third or maybe the second place in the list... so be intelligent nissan, the nissan altima looks mmm not old, but not new too, so think in that. New Nissan Altima for 2012 will be the best for all of us..

      Nissan innovations for all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe this will remind Nissan that we need an all new Altima, new looks, upgraded interior, and more efficient engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not surprised at all the Altima has been basically the same since 2002...
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol first to the hyundai haters. What ever with your fake sale numbers and trash talk because thats all it will ever be, trash talk !

      hyundai should make a commercial that shows the sonata running past the fusion, malibu and altima and closing in on the accord and the camry with the the accord and the camry having their Rear view mirrors adjusted by a shaky hand~! then have a caption that reads "GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT"

      hyundai will pass all these in time, maybe not tomorrow but the near future is a shaky hand on a rear view mirror in other automobile brands , to coin a toyota saying "OH WHAT A FEELING "
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are still underdog.
      They can't beat out old mode Accord/Camry sales.
      Camry is a 4 years old model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I spent the weekend looking at the top mid-sized cars..I found the Camry still pretty generic..The Accord boxy the Sonata cut up and ugly. I own a 2010 Altima and love it.I've been approached by 2 Accord owners and 1 Sonata owner These 3 persons loved the styling of my car and the Sonata owner was getting rid of his because he felt cramped and hit his head every time he had to crawl in at 6' tall.I've been a Toyota owner for years and got tired of the cheap interiors falling apart in all 3 cars.Some of these cars have too many buttons and junk on their dash..why..My Altima dash is plain but functions the same as the Accords 50 button dash.Never owned a Nissan but it has a more sporty look and is fun.... fast ..to drive and has great reviews and track record.We shall see how the Sonata holds up in the coming months.I'll be waiting for the next restying of all cars on 2012-13.They I'm sure will out shine these current mid-size cars in the same price range. To each his own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda & Toyota isnt worried at all. Hyundai is losing money in each car they sold in
      America, abeit his executives, workers work for free and their supplier make
      donations to Hyundai. Wait in a near future the bomb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could care less how many units a car sells in the U.S. market. For me there is usually an inverse relationship between desireability and units sold. My top picks in this category would be Mazda 6 and VW CC - both slow sellers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      49w5.
      Hyundai lattest sucess is a result of quality , not cheaper price.
      Quality mean better steel, better plastic, better leather, better engineers,better workers,
      better paint, better tires, all this cost tons most money than competition .
      With all these cost and still selling your products at discount price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is going to overtake the Accord. Honda really need to get back in the game.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We have to agree that this great leap into the mid-size sedan market is well deserved and that buyers are going beyond brand image; judging their product based on its merits!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not exactly. People still buy cars like the rehashed Corolla because of its brand image.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hehe exactly! ;)
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