Best-ever October for Hyundai sales

MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. announced today that it sold 10,242 vehicles in October, representing a 12.1% increase over the same month last year. The October result represents the 34th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and the best-ever October in company history.

Hyundai has sold 114,333 units in the first ten months of 2011, an increase of 9.2% over the same period last year. Hyundai remains the number-one selling passenger car brand in Canada with sales of 78,575 units year-to-date.

"October was the eighth consecutive month where Hyundai sold over 10,000 vehicles, which is a first for us," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "As a result, Hyundai will set a new company record for annual sales before the end of November."

October also yielded three significant awards for Hyundai. The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced that the Hyundai Accent subcompact, Elantra compact sedan and Veloster three-door coupe were named Best New Small Car under $21,000, Best New Small Car over $21,000, and Best New Sports/Performance Car under $50,000, respectively. With three wins, Hyundai took home more AJAC Canadian Car of the Year category awards than any other manufacturer. The vehicles won with a compelling combination of style, quality, value, performance and safety.

Added Kelleher: "Winning three category awards at the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year program signifies the strength of the current Hyundai line-up. Our products have never been better, and the recognition from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada is vindication for all the hard work our designers and engineers have put into developing the latest Hyundai vehicles."

In October, Hyundai vehicles consuming less than 5.0 L/100 km represented 50.4% of total sales. The Sonata Hybrid intermediate sedan, Elantra compact sedan, Accent subcompact, and Veloster 3-door coupe consume fuel at a respective rate of just 4.6, 4.9, 4.8 and 4.9 L/100km on the highway.

Quick Facts:

Month 2011 2010 % Change Notes
January 6,684 6,084 + 9.9 % Best January ever
February 8,700 8,502 + 2.3 % Best February ever
March 11,668 11,012 + 6.0 % Best March ever
April 14,267 12,495 + 14.2 % BEST MONTH EVER (Prev. May '10)
May 13,967 12,620 + 10.7 % Best May ever
June 13,435 11,501 + 16.8 % Best June ever
July 12,753 11,503 + 10.9 % Best July ever
August 11,507 11,403 + 0.9 % Best August ever
September 11,110 10,406 + 6.8 % Best September ever
October 10,242 9,138 + 12.1 % Best October ever
November        
December        
TOTAL 114,333 104,664 + 9.2 %  

Nameplate Oct. 2011 % Change YTD 2011 % Change Notes
Accent 1,762 + 50.5 % 19,572 - 11.9 %  
Elantra 2,979 + 39.3 % 30,409 + 44.3 % Best Oct. ever
Elantra Touring 420 - 42.7 % 9,642 + 7.6 %  
Veloster 425 n/a 997 n/a  
Sonata 1,275 + 19.0 % 14,616 + 18.6 % Best Oct. ever
Genesis 92 + 104.4 % 702 - 5.1 %  
Equus 11 n/a 105 n/a  
Genesis Coupe 208 + 30.8 % 2,532 - 12.7 % Best Oct. ever
Tucson 962 + 21.3 % 12,513 + 14.1 % Best Oct. ever
Santa Fe 1,944 - 33.6 % 21,960 - 9.5 %  
Veracruz 160 + 73.9 % 1,236 + 11.8 % Best Oct. ever

  Oct. 2011 YTD 2011
Vehicles that consume less than 5.0 L/100km 5,160 37,912
Mix of total sales 50.4 % 33.2 %

Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and are sold and serviced through more than 200 dealerships nationwide.

SOURCE Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

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For interviews or additional information, please contact:

Oles Gadacz, Public Relations Director, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
Office: (905) 948-6819, Mobile: (416) 571-8273, Email: ogadacz@hyundaicanada.com

Chad Heard, Public Relations Manager, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
Office: (905) 948-6712, Mobile: (416) 559-9640, Email: cheard@hyundaicanada.com

Patrick Danielson, Public Relations Specialist, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
Office: (905) 948-6876, Email: pdanielson@hyundaicanada.com


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