• Dec 14, 2010
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T – Click above for high-res image gallery

It should hardly come as news to anyone reading Autoblog that Hyundai is in the midst of a hot streak. New models are coming out left and right, the automaker's quality is reaching new heights and there are no signs of slowing down. So while the automaker's momentum isn't news, its sales numbers are: For the first time in its history, the Korean manufacturer has broken the 500,000 unit sales barrier in the States.

The hottest item for Hyundai this year? The aforementioned Sonata, of which 183,102 have been sold. The Sonata is followed by the Elantra and Sante Fe with sales of 120,924 and 70,082 respectively.

This is Hyundai's 25th year in the United States and its sales are way up for the year. Sonata sales are up 64 percent over last year while the Tuscon has exploded – up 145 percent – and the Genesis has gained 37 percent over its prior year sales.



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Hyundai Tops 500,000 U.S. Sales for the First Time in Its History

2010 Annual Sales Record Driven by Strongest Product Lineup Ever


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today sold its 500,000th vehicle in the U.S. this year. This marks an important milestone as it is the first time Hyundai has ever broken the 500,000 barrier and is the highest number of cars Hyundai has ever sold here in a single year. The company expects to sell upwards of 530,000 vehicles this year, eclipsing the previous high of 467,009 achieved in 2007.

Hyundai's sales success can be largely attributed to hot-selling models like the all-new Hyundai Sonata. The 2011 Sonata, introduced earlier this year, brings to market a number of breakthroughs previously unheard of in the mid-size family sedan segment including standout design, a standard gasoline direct injected engine that delivers 35 miles per gallon on the highway, an optional 274-horsepower 4-cylinder turbo and a hybrid model. Recently named one of Car and Driver's "10 Best Cars for 2011" and an Automobile magazine "2010 Automobile All-Star," Sonata sales are up 64 percent over last year through November.

In addition, sales for the all-new Tucson are up 145 percent for the year with Genesis up 37 percent and Elantra sales up 22 percent. The 2011 Elantra, all-new and just arriving in dealerships, is already off to a fast start. Hyundai's three top-selling vehicles -- Sonata, Santa Fe and Elantra -- are built in the United States.

"Hyundai's sales continue to climb as more consumers become aware of our great products, high quality, the industry's best warranty, and improving dealership experience," said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "We expect our sales momentum to continue as we head into the New Year with models like the new Elantra, the first of four planned 40-mpg Hyundai vehicles in our lineup, and our premium luxury sedan, Equus, just now starting to roll into showrooms. Our future looks bright, largely due to our product renaissance."

This year stands to be recognized as one of the most successful years in Hyundai's U.S. history as the company increased its market share to nearly five percent. Heading into 2011, the company's 25th year in the U.S., Hyundai is moving ahead to be the first automaker to achieve a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rating of at least 50 mpg by 2025 for its lineup of passenger cars and light duty trucks.

Top selling cars so far this year are:

Sonata, 183,102
Elantra, 120,924
Santa Fe, 72,082


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing feat, I remember about ten years ago Hyundai was the butt of all car related jokes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are still the butt of jokes, not just a lot more jokers driving these greatly depreciation appliances.

        Look at all the recent safety recalls for failing brakes, broken steering columns, wiring harnesses that burst into flames.

        Hyundai still has to pay people to shop. Huge long warranties, free offers to buy back cars, free gas.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd take the word of ALG (Auto Leasing Guide) over some poor schmuck like sporttroll80 anyday - which has Hyundai residuals being only 1 of 9 brands that are above the industry average.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Believe me, once Hyundai gets big enough, people will start the hating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are on a roll for sure. I visited a dealer this past weekend to look at leftover '10 Sonata's and the had the brand-y new '11 Elantra on the lot - really nice vehicle - there's no way that it could not do well!! :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sonata, Elantra, yes, but the freakin Santa Fe?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah that Santa Fe seriously needs to catch up with the rest of it's stable mates.
        @NightFlight Err, yes I have driven it-quite a bit of distance actually, which is why I gotta agree with clockhand. It's wildly out of place compared the other vehicles in terms of quality. I mean I know it's cheap but the cost cutting is just way too apparent. The janky liftgate, the clunky suspension, and those awful cut rate seats (see this thread: http://www.hyundai-forums.com/t47959-santa-fefront-driver-seatouch33.htm) and the worst fabric covering I've ever seen on any vehicle. Reviewers like to call cheap fabric seats "mouse fur" but mouse fur would be way preferable to the scratchy, super thin, and easily stainable fabric in the Santa Fe. The price might be low but considering that the seats are where you'll actually be placing your body for the next several years there's no really no way to excuse it.
        I don't think a low price should ever be an automatic excuse for super-awful cost-cutting. It doesn't make a Chevy Impala LS into a great car-it's almost like a game trying to find the next place where someone clearly tried to save another dollar or two-why mount and wire maplights into the ceiling when you can just put them on the bottom of the rear-view mirror? (of course, forcing you to adjust your mirrors to use them) Or those hilariously terrible temperature adjustments. The Santa Fe doesn't quite make it to that level of obviousness with it's cost cutting but even compared to the older Sonata and Elantra it wasn't really up to spec, and compared to the brand new ones it's like dead weight dragging the average quality level down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I assume that as the brand's reputation increases, Genesis sedan sales will creep up. I think the biggest thing holding that car down is the "Hyundai" name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congratulations Hyundai.

      Boring Japanese brands are so dead...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Japanese brands are dead based on these sales numbers?

        While the Hyundai brand topped 500k on Dec 10th, the Civic (in its 5th year) and Accord models together topped 575k units on Nov 30th. Never mind the rest of the Honda lineup. (This latter figure up from 513k a year prior, for additional reference).

        Just an example. But I wouldn't count anyone dead just yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I hope Mazda manages to stay away from the road taken by Honda and Toyota"

        So far Mazda is keeping it clean (well, with the exception of the 2009+ Mazda6). I got the latest "zoom zoom" magazine in the mail last week and it had a supplementary booklet about the new SKY engines.

        The best part of the whole read was Mazda saying it's not blindly jumping on the hybrid/electric bandwagon like everybody else. It says efficient internal-combustion engines are the way to go (can you say... DIESEL!), and they are committed to making fun-to-drive cars.

        I can see myself in a diesel 3 hatchback a few years from now, when the Speed3 gets put out to pasture.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope Mazda manages to stay away from the road taken by Honda and Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congratulations to Hyundai...they seem to be the hardest working automaker in the industry.

      Interested to see if American consumers can accept the fact that Japanese cars are not the default purchase anymore...consumers have options now that Hyundai and Ford are on a tear.

      Consumers form their opinions about brands and it takes them many, many, many years to reassess the way they think of a particular brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The reality is that Hyundai/Kia is a powerhouse. Hyundai/Kia was once a big question mark but now an obscured benchmark. It was unthinkable even 3 years ago that Toyota(Avalon) would benchmark a Hyundai(Genesis), but it is now a reality.

      It is undeniable that Hyundai is causing profound concern among automakers. Every new offering sends tremors through the North American, European, Chinese and Indian markets.

      The upcoming Velostar, Accent, Santa Fe and impending Genesis line will continue to secure Hyundai. Kia's Optima and near luxury KND-5 concept, Cadenza, will further secure Kia as a nightmare to the established brands.

      The world is changing and I accept it.

      www.isleofexile.blogspot.com

      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang, how many cars are on Hertz lots?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No where near as many as Chrysler, who sold 44% of all vehicles built this year to fleets(!!!).

        I guess they don't care about resale value...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai definitely has their share of cars @ rental agencies, but seriously, this year I tried to get into a Hyundai a couple of times and all they had available were Chrysler PT Cruisers and Dodge Calibers. Needless to say, this possibly shows to things......Chrysler is flooding the lots or people would rather take a Hyundai over a Chrysler product if given the option at a rental lot. Take your pick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Typical asinine comment from invisible.

        Hyundai's fleet sales % has been running around 11% - which isn't that much higher than Toyota's.

        With the new Elantra, Azera and Accent on the way, that fleet sales % should drop a good bit more.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice accomnplishment, however take into account Hondas aging lineup and Toyota's weekly recalls. I imagine people from those brands have left and that partly inflated Hyundai's sales. Also, new models usually sell well anyway. I will still only buy American til the day my body dies, and while Hyundai is doing better, they sure are packing on the recalls(but not at Toyota's pace).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sportsbike I was trying to take a nicer approach since some people on here think I "troll". Fact is, Hyundai and Kia sell their cars cheap for a reason, and the 10 yr warranty is not always honored per people who have owned them. I did miss that article actually, thanks for letting me know! I never had any intentions of buying one anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess you have missed the daily Hyundai/KIA recalls posted here. And I guess you missed the recent article about the falling value of Hyundai/KIA because of a flood of rental cars coming back onto the market.

        Banks are not going to be loaning much on that new Hyundai or KIA purchase. I bet 90% of these new cars were financed by Hyundai.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is good news for South Korea!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Alabama.

        Now that their two volume cars are produced by American workers in Alabama.

        I think their two volume SUVs are produced in America too, but really I don't care enough about SUVs to check it out. heh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Typical asinine comment from invisible.

      Hyundai's fleet sales % has been running around 11% - which isn't that much higher than Toyota's.

      With the new Elantra, Azera and Accent on the way, that fleet sales % should drop a good bit more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yah you obv kno nothing about the car business hyundai pays more money to dealers and salesmen than any other import manufacturer in their segment i know because my family owns 3 hyundai dealerships a mitsubishi dealership toyota subaru and mazda so dont write things you dont know about
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Sonata 2.0T didn't have such ugly styling, I might buy one.
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