HYUNDAI #1 IN CAR SALES IN CANADA

First quarter sales results place Hyundai first among combined sedan, coupe, and wagon segments

MARKHAM, ON, April 5 /CNW/ - On the strength of strong new models such as the Sonata and Elantra, the passenger car line-up of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. has landed at the top in terms of overall sales volume for the first quarter of 2011. Hyundai's year-to-date passenger car sales of 18,704 units surpassed second-place Toyota (including its Lexus and Scion brands) by 219 units and third-place GM by 1,645 units.

Hyundai Canada offers a complete passenger car line-up ranging from the Accent subcompact to the Equus full-size luxury sedan, including the rear-wheel drive Genesis Coupe.

"There were three main reasons why our car sales did so well last quarter: Accent, Elantra and Sonata," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Canada.  "The Accent has delivered value and fuel economy to help it become the best-selling subcompact for 2 years in a row. The Elantra sedan is still all-new in Canada's critical compact segment and the nameplate has vaulted into the number-2 spot. And with unmatched style, safety and best-in-class fuel economy the Sonata has become the best-selling intermediate car in the country. Three cars in Canada's three biggest segments and all are at or near the top of the sales charts."

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 195 dealerships nationwide.

SOURCE Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

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For interviews or additional information, please contact:

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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