Sixth Straight Month Breaking the 60,000 Mark
Best-Ever August Sales
Third Shift at Hyundai’s Alabama Plant Begins Production Today
COSTA MESA, Calif., September 4, 2012 – Hyundai Motor America announced an all-time August sales record of 61,099 units, a four percent increase compared with the same period a year ago and the best August sales level in company history, even topping the Cash for Clunkers mark set in 2009.
“We feel really good about the way August shaped up as our overall inventory situation continued to improve and consumer response to the all-new Santa Fe has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of sales.
The all-new Azera continued its strong sales pace resulting in an incredible 977 percent gain over last August. The Elantra family and Tucson saw sales gains of 19.5 percent and 29 percent, respectively, over the same period a year ago, and Veloster remains red hot as customers now have a choice of both turbo and non-turbo models of the innovative three-door coupe. Hyundai fleet sales and mix remained relatively low at seven percent mix for the month and a nine percent mix year-to-date, among the lowest in the industry.
In keeping with its industry-leading fuel efficiency status, Hyundai achieved a corporate average fuel economy level of 37.6 (EPA estimated 28.4 MPG window label value) in August, while selling 23,887 vehicles (39 percent of total sales) with EPA estimated 40 MPG window label highway fuel economy ratings.
“With today’s launch of the third shift at our Alabama plant where the Elantra and Sonata are built, and the launch of our all-new Santa Fe, built in Georgia, we’re feeling better about our ability to meet consumer demand for Hyundai cars and crossovers,” said John Krafcik president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.