Hyundai scores 14th consecutive best month ever

Monthly sales increase of nearly 25 per cent fuelled and driven by new product line

MARKHAM, ON, March 31 /CNW/ - For the third month in a row in 2010, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. continues to have record-breaking sales. With a month-over-month increase of 24.9 per cent, March marked the 14th consecutive month of best-ever months for Hyundai.

With 11,012 units sold, the company surpassed sales in March of 2009 by 2,194 units. This concludes a commanding Q1 performance, with an overwhelming 25,598 units in sales - up 25.9 per cent from Q1 2009.

"As we end Q1, we are pleased with continued sales success - in particular, with our all-new models, the 2010 Tucson and the 2011 Sonata," said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "Canadian drivers are looking for quality and value - and they are finding it as well as style, particularly in Hyundai's new product line."

The all-new 2010 Tucson and all-new 2011 Sonata - both sporting Hyundai's global Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy - are redefining Hyundai's position in their segments.

The brand new 2011 Sonata, unveiled at last month's Canadian International Auto Show, had an increase of 23.4 per cent sales from one year ago. With a best month of sales since 2006, the 2010 Tucson had an amazing 127.7 per cent in sales, from March 2009.

    
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    Month            2010     2009    % Change   Notes
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    January          6,084    4,607   + 32.1 %   Best January ever
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    February         8,502    6,912   + 23.0 %   Best February ever (Prev.
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    March            11,012   8,818   + 24.9%    Best March ever
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    Nameplate        March    March   % Change   Notes
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    Accent           2,520    2,393   + 5.3%     Best March ever (Prev.
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    Elantra          2,239    1,876   + 19.3%    Best March ever (Prev.
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    Elantra Touring  879      607     + 44.8%    First month of sale:
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    Sonata           1,178    955     + 23.4%
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    Genesis          91       98      - 7.1%
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    Genesis Coupe    204      130     + 56.9%    First month of sale:
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    Tucson           1,330    584     + 127.7%   Best March (Prev. March '06)
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    Santa Fe         2,438    1,837   + 32.7%    Best March (Prev. March '09)
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    Veracruz         130      104     + 25%
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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 180 dealerships nationwide.

SOURCE Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

For further information: For further information: For interviews or additional information, please contact: Kory Hawkins, Events Planner, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., Office: (905) 948-6786, Email: khawkins@hyundaicanada.com; Or Rick Byun, Narrative Advocacy Media, Office: (416) 644-4124, Email: rick.byun@narrativeadvocacy.com


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