Korean automaker Hyundai Motors has reached a new milestone in the United States, having sold its 10 millionth vehicle in the country after making its first sale nearly 30-years ago .
Seemingly in a covert manner, Hyundai first entered the U.S. market in 1986 with the Excel subcompact, a model that proved to be a surprising hit after selling an astounding 168,882 units during its first year on the market. In fact, so impressive was the Excel’s performance that it set a single-year sales record for a rookie import automaker, a record that still stands to this day.
A lot has happened since those humble beginnings, with Hyundai now well situated in not the just the U.S., but in North American as whole. Along with expanding its lineup to 13 different models, it has established production in the region.
Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor America, had the following to say:
“The United States has been a key region of focus for nearly three decades, and this landmark achievement comes after years of accelerated growth and the strategic rollout of our product line. Today serves as a testament to the design, quality and value of Hyundai’s product portfolio.”
Today, it’s the Sonata that’s the company’s best-seller in the U.S. and accounted for 2,498,203 units (24.98 percent) of the 10 million sales accumulated over the decades.
The Elantra follows closely with 2,484,788 sales, or 24.85 percent, while the Santa Fe places third with 1,244,934 sales. The now discontinued Excel — the nameplate that started it all — found 1,146,962 buyers, beating the 1,103,337 sales recorded by its successor, the Accent.
Hyundai has comes a long way indeed…
New, 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Charges Into Action With 292-Mile Range
Hyundai has taken its promising new Kona subcompact crossover, removed its internal combustion engine and jammed a full-electric drivetrain into it — meet the new Hyundai Kona Electric!
Looking more high-tech and futuristic than the gasoline-powered Kona, the subcompact EV is distinguished by a revised front end with a closed grille, new 17-inch wheels, and a cleaner-looking interior with paddles behind the steering wheel for adjusting the regenerative braking settings.
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Two different powertrain options are available. Models with the base 39.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack produce 132 horsepower and deliver 186 miles (300 km) of electric range on the WLTP cycle, while those with the longer range 64-kWh battery boast 292 miles (470 km) on a single charge and can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a respectable 7.6 seconds.
The Hyundai Kona Electric isn’t exactly a Tesla Model X or Jaguar I-Pace rival, but that just means it will cost half as much. Plus, unlike Tesla, there is no reason to believe that Hyundai can’t build them according to plan.
Do you like what you see? Would you consider buying one?
All-New, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Matures, Gets Diesel Engine
There is an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe, and it has grown up in so many ways, including offering a diesel engine for the first time in North America.
Like its predecessor, the new, 2019 Santa Fe comes in five passenger and seven passenger versions, both completely revamped inside and out with bolder styling, more tech and new engines. However, the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport is now simply called the Santa Fe, while the seven-passenger model called Santa Fe has been renamed the Santa Fe XL.
The exterior has an upscale-looking front end that borrows some styling cues from the smaller Kona, notably the slim daytime running lights that flank Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille.
The upscale exterior is complimented by a more premium and stylish interior with more room than the previous model, featuring a digital instrument cluster and a more upright center console with a bigger, a 7- or 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, and a built-in Qi wireless smartphone charging pad is optional.
Smaller pillars all around help deliver greater visibility at the front, rear, and sides — an issue with the previous car — while a new feature called Safe Exit Assist temporarily keeps doors (unlocked or otherwise) from being opened when a motorcycle, bicycle, or vehicle approaches from behind. There is also a new Rear Seat Occupant Alert system that uses an ultrasonic sensor to keep an eye out for kids and pets.
For power, buyers will have a choice of a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 232-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels via the Korean automaker’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
There is also a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 200 horsepower. Santa Fe models equipped with it feature what Hyundai calls an “occasional-use third-row seat” that shouldn’t be confused with the roomier third-row that the Santa Fe XL offers.
The all-new, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL make their North American debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
Hyundai Nexo Has Best Range Of Any Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
Hyundai used the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a stage to announce that its new Nexo fuel cell vehicle now offers the longest driving range of any fuel cell vehicle available.
With a driving range up to 378 miles (609 kilometers), the hydrogen-powered SUV can travel further than any of its direct competitors, handily beating the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity‘s range of 300 miles (483 km) and 80 miles (129 Km), respectively. In fact, Hyundai says it delivers the same range as a regular, gasoline-powered car.
Filling the Nexo’s tank takes only five minutes. By comparison, a regular EV would get about 81 miles (50 km) worth of charge in the same time on even the best and fastest chargers.
Considering the sparsity of hydrogen stations anywhere in the world, the long driving range and fast refueling help make the Nexo a more compelling vehicle for those early adopters capable of affording one.