HYUNDAI CANADA SETS NEW ANNUAL SALES RECORD

Achieves 24 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth

MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. announced today it had sold 118,507 units in 2010, surpassing the company's previous annual sales record set in 2009 by 14.8 percent.

During the month of December the company sold 6,104 units, an increase of 18.4 percent over the same month in 2009. December also extended Hyundai Canada's streak of consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth to 24. The company eclipsed its 2009 sales record of 103,233 units sold before the end of October on its way to achieving a perfect score of 12 best-ever months.

"After an incredible 2009 in which we surpassed all of our previous sales records and sold more than 100,000 vehicles for the first time, I viewed the start of 2010 with some trepidation as I didn't know if Hyundai employees and dealers would continue to push and strive higher," said Steve Kelleher, President and CEO, Hyundai Canada. "So, after seeing sales growth of 28 percent in 2009, I was elated that we again achieved double-digit gains in 2010. It's great to see that hard-working spirit endured and that we set ourselves a new benchmark."

Added Kelleher: "As the automotive industry continues its emergence from a period of depressed sales, Canadians are being selective as to which new vehicles they park in their driveways. We're delighted that Hyundai vehicles are increasingly being regarded as the 'smart' choice, offering Canadian buyers a strong combination of style, quality and value."

Hyundai saw a number of additional successes in 2010, both in Canada and abroad. Among them, the Tucson won the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's 2011 Best New SUV/CUV (under $35,000) award, Auto123.com selected the Sonata as the 2011 Mid-size Car of the Year, and l'Auto 2011 chose the Sonata as its Car of the Year. In the US, Advertising Age named Hyundai one of the ten hottest brands of 2010, the all new 2011 Elantra won the Automotive Lease Guide award for highest residual value in its class, Car and Driver selected the Sonata as one of its Ten Best and the Sonata was chosen as one of three finalists for North American Car of the Year.

Quick Facts:

Month 2010 2009 % Change Notes
January 6,084 4,607 + 32.1 % Best January ever
February 8,502 6,912 + 23.0 % Best February ever
March 11,012 8,818 + 24.9 % Best March ever
April 12,495 10,809 + 15.6 % Best Month ever
May 12,620 11,204 + 12.6 % Best Month ever (Prev. Apr. '10)
June 11,501 10,104 + 13.8 % Best June ever
July 11,503 10,488 + 9.7 % Best July ever
August 11,403 10,418 + 9.5 % Best August ever
September 10,406 9,282 + 12.1% Best September ever
October 9,138 8,415 + 8.6 % Best October ever
November 7,739 7,022 + 10.2 % Best November ever
December 6,104 5,154 + 18.4 % Best December ever
TOTAL 118,507 103,233 + 14.8 % Best Year ever

Nameplate Dec. 2010 % Change YTD 2010 % Change Notes
Accent 809 + 47.4 % 24,017 - 4.8 %  
Elantra 1,514 + 37.1 % 24,501 + 6.4 % Best Dec. ever
Elantra Touring 457 + 4.1 % 10,055 + 31.4 % Best Dec. ever
Sonata 756 - 4.3 % 13,856 + 54.4 % Best Year ever
Genesis 38 - 15.6 % 811 - 21.3 %  
Genesis Coupe 84 + 7.7 % 3,113 + 29.3 % Best Dec. ever
Tucson 1,015 + 156.3 % 12,923 + 77.6 % Best Dec. ever
Santa Fe 1,375 - 17.5 % 27,882 + 13.0 % Best Year ever
Veracruz 52 - 37.3 % 1,233 - 19.1 %  
TOTAL 6,104 + 18.4 % 118,507 + 14.8 %  

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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