FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March. 2, 2010 - Hyundai Motor America today announced February sales of 34,004 units, up 11 percent versus February 2009 and the same amount over January of this year. This marks the fourteenth consecutive month of year-over-year retail market share gains for Hyundai and our best retail share performance since the government’s “Cash-for-Clunkers” program in August 2009.
“Even though February is the shortest month of the year, the list of highlights for Hyundai is long,” said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of national sales. “Our sales gains in February were driven by strong consumer response to new products like the Tucson, which was up 102 percent, and the all-new U.S.-built Sonata, which was just launched this month and has already driven a 58 percent sales increase. For the Hyundai brand as a whole, consumer retail sales were up 21 percent while incentive spending was down more than 30 percent. We’re excited about the momentum we’re carrying into March.”
Zuchowski explained that February was a strong month for both Hyundai and the industry especially taking into account the adverse weather conditions in much of the country.
“While all of our sales regions showed year-over-year retail increases, bad weather definitely limited car shopping in our Eastern and Central regions, which accounts for about half our overall volume,” he added. “In our Southern, South Central and Western regions, we saw retail sales increases of 39, 50 and 28 percent, respectively, which bodes well for a strong spring selling season for Hyundai and the entire industry.”
In addition to the early success of Sonata and Tucson, the freshened Santa Fe with a 52 percent increase, Genesis with a 39 percent increase, and Accent with a 22 percent rise, all registered significant growth over the same period one year ago.
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