Hyundai has announced that it has sold 10-million vehicles in the U.S.
The Korean automaker began in the U.S. market with a single nameplate in 1986, the Hyundai Excel. Within seven months, Hyundai sold its 100,000th Excel in the U.S. that set an industry record for the most first-year sales for an import car company. Three years later, the brand launched its longest-selling model to date, the Sonata sedan. It wasn’t until 10 years ago that Hyundai expanded its operations in the U.S. by opening the doors to the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant. Since then, the factory has built 2,660,314 vehicles.
The company broke down sales data for its top five nameplates with the Sonata leading the way comprising 24.98 percent of Hyundai’s sales in the U.S. A total of 2,498,203 Sonata sedans have been sold with 2012 being its best-selling year. Following the Sonata is the Elantra at 24.85 percent and 2,484,788 sold. In third is the Sante Fe and Santa Fe Sport models with 1,244,934 units sold and making up 12.45 percent of Hyundai’s U.S. sales. Rounding out the top five is the Excel (11.47 percent, 1,146,962 sold) and the Accent (11.03 percent, 1,103,337 sold).
“The United States has been a key region of focus for nearly three decades, and this landmark achievement comes after years of accelerated growth and the strategic rollout of our product line,” said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor America. “Today serves as a testament to the design, quality and value of Hyundai’s product portfolio. The American car market continues to be on the rise, with more than 17 million new car sales expected in 2015. Hyundai is well positioned for continued growth in this market, offering consumers a variety of vehicles that meet their needs.”
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