Daily Archives: January 15, 2007

Hyundai Motor America Records Eighth Consectutive Year-Over-Year Sales Increase


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 01/03/2007 Hyundai Motor America today announced sales of 37,365 units for the month of December and 455,520 for 2006, its eighth consecutive year-over-year sales increase. Year-end sales were bolstered by strong December demand for the all-new 2007 Accent and the all-new 2007 Santa Fe, up 66 percent and 121 percent respectively over December 2005.

"While we celebrate closing the year with record sales, we are disappointed that we fell short of our initial sales objectives," said Steve Wilhite, chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor America. "We will remember 2006 for our continued improvement and outstanding achievements in quality, our commitment to standardizing the most effective safety technologies across our growing product line-up, and extending the Hyundai Advantage, America’s Best Warranty – initiatives we believe will pay meaningful dividends in the years ahead."

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 through 755 dealerships nationwide.

All Hyundai 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 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty and 5-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance protection.

CARLINE DEC 2005 DEC 2006 CY2005 CY2006
ACCENT 1,661 2,759 41,012 34,735
SONATA 20,853 10,149 130,365 149,513
ELANTRA 8,907 7,444 116,336 98,853
TIBURON 1,183 784 20,600 17,382
SANTA FE 3,753 8,282 68,006 63,931
XG350/AZERA 1,745 2,479 17,645 26,833
TUCSON 4,919 3,669 61,048 52,067
ENTOURAGE N/A 1,799 N/A 12,206
TOTAL 43,021 37,365 455,012 455,520

Hyundai Santa Fe Wins Best SUV of the Year In Autobytel’s 2007 Editors’ Choice Awards



Fountain Valley, Calif., 12/05/2006 Autobytel recognized the Hyundai Santa Fe as the "SUV of the Year" for its 2007 Editors' Choice Awards. Hyundai earned two additional victories in the "Best New Midsize SUV" and "Best New Minivan" categories for the Santa Fe and Entourage respectively. Awards were distributed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The fourth annual Autobytel Editors' Choice Awards is a listing of the best new 2007 vehicles on the market, comprised by a team of veteran automotive editors. The Hyundai Santa Fe unanimously beat its competitors in both the "Best New Midsize SUV" and "SUV of the Year" categories by offering a new, sleek and sporty design coupled with a luxurious interior at an affordable price. The Hyundai Entourage rises above the competition for title of "Best New Minivan" with its smooth and powerful 250 horsepower ride, interior features and flexible trim levels.

"Hyundai is honored to take home three awards from Autobytel, a top consumer resource for expert vehicle information," said John Krafcik, vice president of Strategic Planning and Product Development, Hyundai Motor America". "We're especially proud of Santa Fe's honor, as it bests all SUVs and crossovers across all price ranges, including terrific competition such as the new Honda CR-V, Ford Edge, and Mazda CX-7."

The Hyundai Santa Fe meets consumers' demand for safety, style and performance. All Santa Fe models are equipped with segment-leading standard safety technologies, including a total of six airbags, active front head restraints, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The 2007 Santa Fe also offers a choice of two clean, fuel-efficient V6 powertrains in 2.7 and 3.3 liter, along with an optional third-row seat that significantly expands Santa Fe’s market appeal.

The Hyundai Entourage offers an unprecedented combination of standard safety, comfort and convenience matched with a powerful engine and outstanding quality backed by Hyundai’s 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Entourage earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) top five-star crash test rating for front and side impacts and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest honor – the gold "Top Safety Pick" award – the best rating ever for a minivan. Entourage is also the first vehicle with the Hyundai Hideaway™ third-row seat, a simple-to-use 60/40 split fold-into-the floor seat offering flexibility for up to seven passengers.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 740 dealerships nationwide.