Hyundai posts best January retail sales ever

Santa Fe SUV, made in Alabama

Hyundai Motor America reported total January sales of 43,394 units, a 2% increase compared to January 2020’s retail sales of 42,744 units. Retail sales were up 1% — setting an all-time January record — while fleet sales were up 12%, representing 6% of total volume.

“We are off to a strong start to the year and remain optimistic for continued sales and market share gains in 2021,” said Randy Parker, senior vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America.

Hyundai has its only U.S. manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama, where it produces the Sonata and Elantra sedans, and the Santa Fe SUV. Later this year, the plant is expected to add the Santa Cruz pickup truck and in 2022 the Tucson SUV to its lineup.

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For January, the Santa Fe had the best performance, selling 8,714 units, an increase over January 2020’s monthly sales of 6,392 units. The Elantra, which was named the 2021 North American Car of the Year, sold 7,242 units in January, down from the 7,874 units it sold in January 2020. The Sonata sold 5,020 units in January, compared to 5,501 units sold in January 2020. The Tucson sold 7,980 units in January, compared to 8,068 units sold in the same month a year ago.


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