Hyundai Motor America Reports February 2019 Sales

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America reported February sales of 45,612 units, a 2 percent increase in comparison with February 2018 and the seventh straight month of increasing sales for Hyundai. Retail sales in February grew 6 percent as Hyundai's SUV portfolio continues to resonate with customers, while fleet deliveries were down 9 percent. Hyundai sales in 2019 are off to a strong start, up 2 percent on the year.

Sales Summary

                Feb-19 Feb-18  2019 YTD   2018 YTD

        Hyundai 45,612  44,732     86,408      84,361


February Highlights
Hyundai sold 25,024 SUVs, representing 55 percent of the total sales volume. This was an all-time February SUV sales record with an increase of 38 percent compared with February 2018 and the seventh consecutive monthly SUV sales record. Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL total sales grew by 5 percent, while retail sales of Santa Fe were up 35 percent. Tucson established its February sales record with 9,411 units sold, up 12 percent compared with last year. Kona, the recently named North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, rounded out the SUV sales story with sold 5,686 units sold, including the start of Kona Electric sales. Veloster was also up 15 percent, while the Veloster N continues to receive rave reviews from customers, media and automotive enthusiasts.

"February was a positive month for Hyundai as we achieved a 6 percent increase in retail sales and as a result expect to gain retail market share," said John Cook, director, Sales Operations, Hyundai Motor America. "Our revamped product lineup is driving consumer interest as we've increased sales in each of the past seven months. Our vehicles continue to win some of the most important industry honors for performance, design, quality and cost-to-own leadership. Combine that with the efforts of our dealers to improve the customer experience and improving residual values, and we are optimistic for continued retail success throughout the rest of 2019."

February Product and Corporate Activities

    --  Kona Awards: The accolades continue to roll in for Kona as U.S. News &
        World Report named it the best subcompact SUV for the money, while
        Edmunds honored the Kona Electric as the Editors' Choice for Best EV.
        This follows Kona winning the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year
        and being selected as a Car and Driver 10Best Truck and SUV.
    --  First Kona EV Delivery: Hyundai marked a milestone with its first Kona
        Electric sale to Donald Small, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric oncologist and
        director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Division of
        Pediatric Oncology.
    --  Northern California NEXO Sale: Hyundai also celebrated its first NEXO
        fuel cell SUV delivery in Northern California to Dr. Steven Vo at
        Capitol Hyundai in San Jose. He become the first Northern California
        customer to drive off in the all-new NEXO, the only mass-produced fuel
        cell SUV for the U.S. market, boasting a range up to 380 miles.
    --  Santa Fe Most Dependable Midsize SUV: Santa Fe received the distinct
        honor of being named the most dependable midsize SUV in the J.D. Power
        2019 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). The annual Vehicle Dependability
        Study shows Santa Fe ranked highest in its class, beating out leading
        competitors in the 2016 model year.
    --  Santa Fe Long-Term Ownership Value Award: The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe also
        received the 2019 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award for the
        mid-size SUV/crossover (2-row) class.
    --  Veloster N Wins MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award: MotorWeek awarded the
        Veloster N the 2019 Drivers' Choice Award for Best Sport Coupe. The
        annual MotorWeek competition has been ongoing consecutively for 38
    --  Best Performing Automotive Super Bowl Commercial: Consumers ranked
        Hyundai's Super Bowl ad, "The Elevator," the fourth best commercial
        overall and No. 1 automotive ad on USA TODAY's Ad Meter.

Model Sales

        Vehicle  Feb-19      Feb-18  2019 YTD      2018 YTD


        Accent    1,790        2,080      3,615          4,509


        Elantra  10,304       15,724     20,246         29,741


        Ioniq     1,032        1,156      1,987          2,129


        Kona      5,686          199     11,382            199


        Nexo          5 
     1*                40  


        Santa Fe  9,922        9,474     17,754         17,151


        Sonata    6,481        6,700     12,693         12,727


        Tucson    9,411        8,437     16,855         16,074


        Veloster    981          851      1,836          1,595


* Tucson Fuel Cell sales

Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai's technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance--our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

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