Hyundai marked the sale of its millionth Santa Fe crossover yesterday.
The Korean automaker introduced the Santa Fe in September, 2000 as its first-ever utility vehicle and the brand credits it with playing a key role in its North American growth.
“For many loyal Hyundai owners today, it was their entry point to the brand,” Hyundai North America CEO John Krafcik said.
Hyundai was known primarily for building inexpensive compact cars until the Santa Fe was introduced. At the time, it was one of only a few compact crossovers being sold. Now the market is flooded as most automakers offer some spin on the segment.
Sales continue to be strong for the Santa Fe with sales up almost 23 percent through the first seven months of the year. Gains in June were even stronger for the Santa Fe, where sales rose by over 48 percent compared to the same month last year.
Currently, Hyundai sells two versions: the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The latter is a shorter wheelbase, five-seat version while the normal Santa Fe offers seating for up to seven passengers.
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