Out with the old, in with the new! But for Hyundai, 2003 has proved to be a highly memorable year – the company sold an all-time record number of cars in the UK.

Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd sold a grand total of 32,238 vehicles, giving the company a 1.25 per cent market share. This was a 10 per cent increase over 2002, against a market that was up just one per cent. This is the second time Hyundai has beaten the 30,000 barrier since it came to the UK in 1982.

Star performers in 2003 include the Getz supermini (12,183), the Santa Fe SUV (4,160), the sporty Coupe (4,959) and the Matrix mini-MPV (3,139).

December 2003 was also a very strong month for Hyundai, selling 2,240 units, a 1.44 per cent market share – up 33 per cent on December 2002.

The year saw Hyundai firmly establish itself into the motoring mainstream, attracting good reviews and awards throughout the year.

The Getz won What Car?’s Budget Car of the Year award last January, and it ended the year by scooping the Scottish Small Car of the Year award.

Hyundai’s pioneering five year warranty, which has still not been matched in the UK, continues to offer customers unrivalled driving cover. The warranty is an unlimited mileage offering, is fully transferable between owners and applies across the complete range.

Later this year Hyundai embarks on sponsorship of the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament, undoubtedly the sporting event of the year. Hyundai will also be attending this year’s British International Motor Show at Birmingham.

Shortly Hyundai will launch the Getz diesel and 1.3 Sport models, as well as the small-SUV Tucson later in the year.

The company will also continue to expand its dealer network across the UK.

Published : 08/01/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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