Hyundai’s big news for 2012 unfortunately proved to be its fuel economy revision, after reports and complaints about many of its models not achieving the advertised EPA figures. But despite the public setback, consumers are still buying its models in record numbers, attracted by handsome styling and generous equipment for a reasonable price. The Elantra compact and Sonata midsize sedan both set new annual sales records for 2012, surpassing last year’s figures earlier this month.
The Hyundai Elantra surpassed 2011′s sales total of 186,361 units earlier in December. The prospect of a 200,000 year for the Elantra is a possibility if December sales go well. The Sonata surpassed its 2011 sales total of 225,961 in the last full week of December. Unsurprisingly, the GLS trim represented the bulk of Sonata sales in 2012, comprising 52 percent of the retail mix. The Limited trim made up 22 percent of sales, with the sport-oriented SE accounting for 18 percent of sales. The 274-hp 2.0-liter turbo engine, available in the SE and Limited trims, accounted for 13 percent of total sales. The Sonata Hybrid model accounted for eight percent of total sales. A trim and model breakdown for the Elantra was not given.
Both the Sonata and Elantra are built at Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama. Sonata Hybrid models are imported from South Korea.