FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 1, 2004 -- Hyundai Motor America today announced sales of 35,023 vehicles for the month of September, setting a new record for the month and making it the best September sales month in the company’s history. Retail sales posted a 13 percent increase over September 2003 and were led by the award-winning Santa Fe SUV, which posted a 47 percent increase in retail sales from the previous year.

“We are extremely pleased to have the best September sales month in our history, especially considering the numerous challenges Mother Nature threw at the Southeast,” said Ed Bradley, vice president, National Sales. “We are also excited about October when we launch the all-new 2005 Hyundai Tucson SUV. The Tucson’s incredible level of standard features and safety equipment make it an outstanding value in the entry-level SUV segment. When you combine the new Tucson with the sales strength of the award-winning Santa Fe, Hyundai dealers can offer an SUV for any customer’s needs,” he added.

The popular Hyundai Sonata, which received the award as Highest Quality Entry Level Midsize Car in the J.D. Power and Associates 2004 Initial Quality Study (IQS), also helped Hyundai to have their best-ever September sales, posting a 34 percent increase in retail sales over September 2003.

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 September 2004:

CARLINE Sept./2004 Sept./2003 CY2004 CY2003
ACCENT 2,868 4,434 35,427 41,924
SONATA 10,037 7,279 83,865 63,971
ELANTRA 9,653 11,701 86,048 93,095
TIBURON 1,939 1,552 15,717 17,452
SANTA FE 9,123 6,191 85,511 79,998
XG350 1,382 1,107 12,083 12,544
Other 23 0 23 0
TOTAL 35,025 32,264 318,674 308,984

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