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Strong Start to 2019: Hyundai Reports 3 Percent January Sales Increase

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Hyundai January 2019 sales report

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Photo: Hyundai

Hyundai Motor America couldn’t have asked for a better way to begin 2019, notching a 3 percent sales increase for the first month of the new year.

In achieving that sales growth, Hyundai was able to overcome twin hurdles of nasty winter weather and a protracted government shutdown. The automaker sold 40,796 vehicles in January, compared with 39,629 vehicles during the same month in 2018.

“We are pleased with Hyundai’s start to 2019 as we hit our January objectives, following a record-breaking December and several challenges outside our control,” said John Cook, Hyundai Motor America’s director of sales operations. “We’ve also started the year with many positives as Hyundai won several prestigious industry recognitions, including Utility Vehicle of the Year and Car and Driver 10Best for Kona and Kona EV.”

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Hyundai January 2019 sales report

The 2019 Hyundai Kona
Photo: Hyundai

Hyundai moved a January-record 21,007 SUVs — 51 percent of its total sales. The Santa Fe was up 2 percent with 7,832 units sold, although the Tucson was down 2.5 percent with 7,637 sales. The Kona sold 5,696 units, its third-best monthly showing since it came out last year. The Nexo fuel-cell vehicle sold 35 units despite limited availability.

A couple of cars also achieved strong January numbers for Hyundai. The Sonata sedan was up 3 percent with 6,212 sales and the Veloster was up 15 percent with 855 sales. Hyundai’s best-selling vehicle for the month was the Elantra compact car with 9,942 sales (however, that number is down significantly compared to the year before).

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