FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 4, 2004 - Hyundai Motor America today announced sales of 37,148 units for the month of December, establishing a new December sales record as well as a new all-time annual sales record of 418,615 vehicles. These results represent a seven percent sales increase over December 2003 and a five percent improvement over 2003’s record sales.

Many of the vehicles in Hyundai’s lineup established new monthly and annual sales records. Sonata posted a record for December with sales of 8,178 units and set a new annual sales record of 107,189. Santa Fe also set a new annual record of 111,447 units and both Santa Fe and Tiburon posted their best December sales. In fact, three vehicles in the Hyundai lineup – the Elantra, Sonata and the Santa Fe – posted annual sales above 100,000 units.

“This is the fourth straight year of record sales for Hyundai in the U.S. and it was driven by quality improvements, owner loyalty – which is one of the best in the auto industry – and by our highly focused and dedicated dealers,” said Hyundai Motor America President and CEO Robert F. (Bob) Cosmai. “We are poised for a very strong year in 2005,” he said.

“Hyundai Motor America is pleased to establish a new all-time sales record in such a competitive marketplace,” said Hyundai’s Vice President of National Sales Ed Bradley. “When you combine the award winning quality and value the Hyundai product line delivers with the outstanding customer experience provided by Hyundai dealers nationwide, record results will follow.”

All Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America’s Best Warranty. Hyundai buyers are protected by a 10-year/100,000-mile power train warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty and 5-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance protection.

Following is the sales breakdown for December 2004:

CARLINE Dec-04 Dec-03 CY2004 CY2003
ACCENT 2,847 5,980 48,258 56,585
SONATA 8,178 6,053 107,189 82,330
ELANTRA 10,227 10,655 112,892 120,858
TIBURON 1,322 1,021 20,125 21,242
SANTA FE 9,370 8,639 111,447 101,278
XG350 1,389 2,368 16,630 17,928
TUCSON 3,815 0 7,074 0
TOTAL 37,148 34,716 418,615 400,221