Hyundai has turned in one of its most impressive monthly performances this June, achieving a 1.38 per cent market share and selling 3,305 vehicles in the process.

This tops off a hugely successful six-month period for Hyundai, which has seen it turn in its best ever half year performance since coming to the UK in 1982.

Hyundai sold 42 per cent more cars in June 2003 compared to last June. In June 2002 Hyundai sold 2,327 cars and achieved 1.12 per cent market share.

So far this year Hyundai has sold an impressive 16,627 cars, achieving a 1.23 per cent market share. This is 11 per cent up on 2002, when Hyundai sold 15,017 cars in the first six months.

Jim Campbell, Marketing Director, said: "The Hyundai message is clearly reaching customers … that we are offering some of the best value cars around which are not only stylish and highly specified.

"The introduction of our five year unlimited mileage transferable warranty has also had an impact – it’s still a warranty that no-one has dared to copy!"

This year the Getz supermini has been Hyundai’s star performer. As well as selling 6,046 units, it scooped the What Car? Budget Car of the Year Award – snatching the prize from the Ford Ka which has won the category six years running.

Last month the Getz also received a Commendation at the Auto Express New Car Honours.

The Santa Fe SUV has sold 2,100 units so far this year – an increase of 52 per cent on 2002. Hyundai has also just introduced the Terracan to the UK market, an out-and-out off roader with part-time four-wheel drive.

Published : 08/07/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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