Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd is celebrating its best ever sales year, with 37,611 sales and a 1.47 per cent market share in 2004 - ahead of SEAT, Skoda, Mitsubishi, MG, Suzuki and Kia.
And the company is not resting on its laurels, setting an ambitious target of more than 40,000 sales for 2005.
Hyundai’s 2004 growth, up 16 per cent on the previous year, was in a market that was down by 0.5 per cent, making the company’s sales even more remarkable.
Top performer was the Getz with 15,797 registrations, the highest number of any one model Hyundai UK has ever sold in a year (the previous record holder was the Accent with 15,729 sales in 1997).
For the first time Hyundai has sold more than 7,000 4x4s; with the new Tucson proving especially popular since going on sale in August. The Tucson, Santa Fe and Terracan models combined achieved 7,649 sales.
Other impressive performers were: Coupe: 4,778; Santa Fe: 4,338; and Matrix: 3,967.
David Walker, Hyundai Managing Director, said: "Our plans for 2005 are ambitious in what we expect to be a flat market year-on-year, but we have put in place the groundwork to achieve it.
"The quality of our dealer network continues to improve, and in 2005 it will be supported by the strongest product range we’ve ever had, together with a great new corporate look, which is turning heads and starting to make a real impact in the marketplace."
Hyundai continues to be the only manufacturer to offer a five year unlimited mileage, fully transferable warranty across its entire range.
To read our in depth road test of the Hyundai Getz [ click here ]Published 17 January 2005