FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 1, 2009 - Hyundai Motor America today announced September sales of 31,511units, a 27 percent increase compared with September 2008. For the calendar year to-date, Hyundai sales are up 1.4 percent compared to last year. This also marks the ninth consecutive month of significant year-over-year gains in retail market share. Hyundai leads all automotive brands in market share growth this year.

“While consumer demand following the Cash-for-Clunkers program softened during the month of September, we are encouraged with our continued growth in retail share and overall sales through the first nine months of the year,” said Dave Zuchowski, vice president of sales. “With our solid product and marketing plans going into the fourth quarter, in addition to the upcoming launch of the all-new Tucson and Sonata, we are cautiously optimistic during these challenging times.”

Genesis continued its strong growth trend with sales of 1,665. The fuel-efficient Elantra had an increase of 104 percent versus 2008, while the Santa Fe delivered a significant sales gain of 50 percent leading up to the introduction of the even more fuel-efficient face lifted 2010 model.

CARLINE Sep-09 Sep-08 CY/2009 CY/2008
ACCENT 4,864 3,014 55,525 44,393
SONATA 7,898 8,629 93,575 97,442
ELANTRA 7,513 3,681 82,706 86,144
TIBURON 37 677 8,579 7,730
SANTA FE 7,010 4,676 58,067 56,629
AZERA 339 483 2,932 13,437
TUCSON 1,583 1,294 12,772 16,247
ENTOURAGE 28 455 3,423 4,360
VERACRUZ 574 827 8,704 8,427
GENESIS 1,665 1,029 15,934 2,855
TOTAL 31,511 24,765 342,217 337,664

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 790 dealerships nationwide.