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Hyundai is making a serious sales push in 2011. Last year, the automaker delivered 538,228 new vehicles to buyers in the United States, but Hyundai's New Year's resolution was apparently to make a run at the 600,000 mark. To accomplish this feat, Hyundai will boost production at its Alabama and South Korean assembly facilities. Workers are putting in overtime hours and even coming in on Saturdays to make sure supply can keep up with demand for the automaker's fresh lineup.

Through the first five months of 2011, Hyundai has sold 263,588 vehicles. At that pace, the automaker is on track to sell 630,000 units in 2011. There's a whole lot of market share out there for the taking, and Hyundai is working hard to make sure it gets as large a slice as possible.


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      hudkina
      • 3 Years Ago
      So I was watching the Rachel Maddow show the other day and she had a feature about how Politico is always doing stories about P90X. She didn't specifically point out that P90X was paying the site for mentions of the workout program, but she did find it interesting that so many mentions of the program would show up on the site. I'm not saying Hyundai is paying Autoblog for all these "planted" stories, but it is interesting that they keep showing up... ;-)
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        @hudkina
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        Fulorian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        Yes, because a political site talking about a workout program is similar to a car site talking about a car brand. A lot of people have a lot of interest in Hyundai, because they've come out so strongly in the last few years. Get over it.
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        @hudkina
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        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        This is a blog of stories from other sources you ninny. They're only reporting so many stories because so many are out there to be reported on. Did you not see this one originated with Automotive News?
          hudkina
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          Ninny? LOL. I'm joking, calm down.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        I think Disney is paying AB more for all the advertising they do for the upcoming Cars movie. That's the only way to explain the endless posts. We get it, its probably going to be another great Pixar movie (and I'm a big fan), but do we really need a new post about it every other day?!?
      Tonka
      • 3 Years Ago
      That many more people trying to convince us they bought a Hyundai for some other reason besides it being what they could afford.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tonka
        Tonka, my sentiments exactly. I posted this on the Buick Regal GC blog earlier, it also applies here. Buying a car is like buying a suit. There are suits and there are cheap suits. While I admire Hyundai's progress, the word Hyundai still evokes the cheap suit emotion in me. The Regal, however has a well constructed, well tailored feel to it. That is why I would buy the Regal over the Hyundai. For many years Mercedes Benz cars sold exclusively on that emotion. They didn't have the best handling cars, or the fastest cars. They sold merely on the emotion that this is a damn good car.
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        @Tonka
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          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          you mean Hyundai was not making a profit and had to bailed out like GM and Chrysler?
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tonka
        Agreed! Some of the Hyundai's models are certainly cheaper than BMW and Merc.
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          @desinerd1
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          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          @invisibleblog Why should they be cheaper than say Honda. Sonata has more features than an Accord and looks more stylish.
      LBJAY02
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in 2001 we bought a new Accent for my daughter. I told people then that Hyundai was going to "out Japanese" the Japanese. So far they have.
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      slickriven
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry Austin, you're WAY off there. The Sonata is extremely nice and I'm glad they're doing this as my wife and I are looking to get a 2.0T Limited model. These cars are superior to the current Camrys, Malibus, Mazda6s, Fusions, and possibly Accords and Alitmas.
        Lou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @slickriven
        I read this really fast and thought you said "I'm glad they're doing my wife".. must be my ADD kicking in with my selective reading.
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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Hyundai keeps coming out with good products I might just have to buy one. Time to retire the Merc that's falling apart.
      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      as much as I love Hyundais I have a bad feeling they are going down the same path that Toyota went in 2006. I just hope they are not doomed for failure because I'd much rather be caught dead in a Sonata than a Camry.
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          Sportbike
          • 3 Years Ago
          True, but the Sonata's Doors don't latch and stay shut, The Sonata Steering Gear's don't stay attached and you look control of your Hyundai. Shall I continue?
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          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @invisibleblog Sonata's center stack looks more like a Infinity G. In any case, it looks ten times better than the one in Camry, which looks like a 30 year old stereo in a thrift store.
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        @EvilTollMan
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          gnvlscdt23f
          • 3 Years Ago
          You statement should be singular. The Camry has won in Motor Trend's test, based apparently on the size of the knobs. If there's another one I don't know about, please share a link to it.
      Mobis21
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai Motor America is upping production in an attempt to meet demand that has been driving their sales momentum. Although the Quake in Japan may have contributed to some of Hyundai's sales increase, much of the decision to uptick production is really an indication that their ever expanding cars sales are in greater demand.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meanwhile vw is busy perfecting the 2.slow and drum brakes.
      DSmithee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Right now, Japanese car execs are going 'What the hell just happened?'
      imdonniedarko
      • 3 Years Ago
      "All the new Hyundai center stacks look like one of those Ghetto Boom Boxes you get at Walmart." Oh my god, I've been trying to figure out what the Hyundai interior reminded me of. You nailed it lol The exterior of the Sonata is pretty nice from angles (particularly the side profile), but the new Hyundai interiors are so cheap and tacky to me
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay for Hyundai! when I barely starting driving 7 years ago, my first car was a 91' Honda Civic, and tomorrow my first Hyundai, (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited, black :D) will be in my garage, still have my Civic, and a 2005 Ford F-150, keep it up Hyundai!
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