Hyundai extends sales growth into 2012

North American Car of the Year win; two finalists in Canadian Car of the Year

MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. announced today that it sold 7,460 vehicles in January, representing an 11.6% increase over the same month in 2011. The January result represents the 37th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and the best-ever January in company history. The January result tops a month where the Elantra was named the 2012 North American Car of the Year (NACOTY).

"We always believed that Hyundai offered award-winning vehicles, but the Elantra becoming the North American Car of the Year was real vindication for how much effort the designers and engineers invested to get the car right," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "The Elantra is now our best-selling vehicle and was a major factor in helping us become Canada's best-selling passenger car brand in 2011."

On top of the Elantra's NACOTY win, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) also announced that the Accent and Elantra are two of the three finalists for the Canadian Car of the Year. The company's Veloster 3-door coupe is also a finalist for the Best New Design Award. AJAC will announce the winners February 16 at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

In January, Hyundai vehicles consuming less than 5.0 L/100 km represented 50.1% 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:

Nameplate Jan. 2011 % Change
Accent 1,329 + 52.9 %
Elantra 1,926 - 14.5 %
Elantra Touring 473 + 21.3 %
Veloster 470 n/a
Sonata 701 + 6.2 %
Genesis 45 + 80 %
Equus 9 + 125 %
Genesis Coupe 119 + 60.8 %
Tucson 899 - 16.8 %
Santa Fe 1,365 + 9.8 %
Veracruz 123 + 50 %

  Jan. 2011
Vehicles that consume less
than 5.0 L/100km
Mix of total sales 50.1 %

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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Oles Gadacz, Public Relations Director, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
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Chad Heard, Public Relations Manager, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
Office: (905) 948-6712, Mobile: (416) 559-9640, Email:

Patrick Danielson, Public Relations Specialist, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.
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