Hyundai is breaking out the bubbly to celebrate the company’s 10 millionth sale in the United States. The milestone comes nearly 30-years after the Korean automaker entered the U.S. market with just a single nameplate.
“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,” said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor America. “Today serves as a testament to the design, quality and value of Hyundai’s product portfolio.”
Hyundai first entered the U.S. market in 1986 with the Excel subcompact. Despite its lack of public awareness, Hyundai went on to sell an impressive 168,882 Excels during its first year of business in the United States. That mark still stands as a single-year sales record for a rookie import automaker.
Since those humble beginnings Hyundai has established a U.S. production base and expanded its lineup to 13 nameplates.
Although the Excel established Hyundai in the U.S. market, the Sonata is the company’s best-seller overall. Of the company’s 10 million sales, 2,498,203 units, or 24.98 percent, were of the Sonata. The Elantra is close behind with 2,484,788 sales, or 24.85 percent of the automaker’s U.S. sales.
The Santa Fe family is third on Hyundai’s U.S. sales list with 1,244,934 sales. The granddaddy Excel is next with 1,146,962 sales, followed by the Accent with 1,103,337 sales.