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Hyundai sets all-time April sales record

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery-made Hyundai Sonatas and Santa Fe SUVs are pushing Hyundai Motor America's sale figures higher than they've ever been.

Monday, Hyundai announced it set a sales record for the month of April with 44,023 units sold. That's up more than 30 percent from a year ago the company said.

The Korean automaker is seeing a steady boom in sales. April marked the 16th straight month for year-over-year gains in market share.

The company its new products launches combined with lower fleet sales and declining incentives are "a winning combination."

"Despite an overall industry increase in the level of sales to fleet accounts, we remain extremely focused on reducing our fleet mix, improving the quality of our market share, and driving more retail volume through Hyundai dealerships," said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America's vice present of national sales. 

Zuchowski says, "Widespread acceptance" and "growing recognition" of the Hyundai brand are helping the company reduce incentive spending "at a time when some of our top competitors were taking a different approach."

The Montgomery-built Sonata is for the second month in a row holding the title of third-best selling mid-sized car in the U.S. beating rivals Nissan Altima, Chevy Malibu and Ford Fusion.

The SUV market is also proving to be a sweet spot for Hyundai. Year-over-year sales for the Montgomery-built Santa Fe are up 59 percent, while the smaller Tucson is surging in sales with numbers up 271 percent.

The company's $1 billion Montgomery, Alabama plant is the first Hyundai plant in the United States. It directly employees more than 2,700 people.

CARLINE

APR/2010

APR/2009

CY/2010

CY/2009

ACCENT      

2,990

5,189

18,278

18,912

SONATA

18,536

11,815

50,283

37,472

ELANTRA   

9,657

4,684

28,909

26,479

TIBURON

0

3,353

0

6,263

SANTA FE

5,917

3,726

30,633

19,839

AZERA

237

289

935

1,292

TUCSON

3,871

1,428

11,912

5,106

ENTOURAGE

0

186

0

3,171

VERACRUZ

550

1,206

2,111

5,251

GENESIS

2,265

2,076

7,842

6,021

TOTAL

44,023

33,952

155,532

129,806


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