Hyundai Sonata sales crack 200,000 for first time.

Hyundai Sonata Sales Crack 200,000 for First-Time Ever

Time was not that long ago that Hyundai was happy to exceed 400,000 in sales for all of its vehicles and now it has broken 200,000 in sales with the still new 2011 Sonata that has been on sale for slightly more than a year.

In 2008, Hyundai sales had dipped from 460,000 down to 401,000 for its lowest sales totals since 2003. Since then, Hyundai has not looked back with its resurgence largely being driven by the Sonata, which cracked 200,000 in sales as November.

Of course, it helps that the entire Hyundai vehicle line up has been doing well in sales. For November, Hyundai announced sales of 49,610 vehicles in November, a 22 percent total sales increase and 24 percent retail sales increase compared with the same record-setting period a year ago.

Hyundai sales were down 2800 from October or about 5.6 percent, which went against the industry average of 2.8 percent. However, Chrysler was down 7.2 percent and Nissan, which continues to be Hyundai's closest competitor, was down 6.6 percent compared to October.

Year to date, Hyundai sales are up 21 percent versus 2010 in total, with sales to retail customers up 30 percent. Sales to fleet accounts represent 11 percent of the total sales year-to-date and 10 percent for the month of November. Thirty-six percent of Hyundai vehicles sold in November achieved 40 MPG fuel economy ratings.


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