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Hyundai’s August Sales Reflect Auto Industry Realities

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Rear side view of green Hyundai Venue parked on waterfront with city skyline in background
The Hyundai Venue posted its best-ever August sales
Photo: Hyundai

After five red-hot months in a row, Hyundai sales came back down to earth a bit in August. Primarily due to inventory issues and microchip shortages that have affected the entire industry, the automaker reported a 4 percent decrease in U.S. sales for the month.

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Hyundai sold 56,200 units in August. Of those sales, 51,950 took place on the retail side — a 7 percent decrease from the same month a year ago.

Bright spots for Hyundai last month included an 8 percent increase in car sales, a 245 percent increase for eco-friendly models like the Ioniq, and new August sales records for models like the Venue and the Kona EV.

“Importantly, consumer demand for Hyundai vehicles remains at an all-time high and we expect our inventory pipeline to improve throughout the remainder of the year,” said Randy Parker, Hyundai Motor America’s senior vice president of national sales.

A list of Hyundai August 2021 sales totals by model

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August was an especially strong month for Hyundai car sales. The Elantra compact sedan was up 20 percent with 10,942 sales. The Sonata midsize sedan sold 8,277 units for a 4 percent increase. The Ioniq hatchback lineup — which includes EV, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid options — posted a 21 percent increase with 1,060 units sold.

Inventory issues kept Hyundai SUVs from achieving their usual strong numbers. Leading the way for August was the compact Tucson with 11,151 sales — a 4 percent decrease. Other leading SUV models like the three-row Palisade (7,705 units), midsize Santa Fe (7,207 units), and subcompact Kona (5,582 units) were down for the month, too. Bucking this trend, the subcompact Venue made a solid gain of 8 percent on the strength of 1,768 sales — its best August ever.

For more on Hyundai — including news, model overviews, and more — check out our brand coverage here at The News Wheel.