Hyundai Sales Go From Strength To Strength
Hyundai Motor UK registrations hit a record high in March 2015 which proves the public has now fully embraced the brand. Sales totalled 16,491. Furthermore, January to March registrations were 7.6% higher than the same time in 2014 which - in itself - was the brand's most successful year in the United Kingdom (82,159 units).
Tony Whitehorn, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “The first 3 months of 2015 have seen Hyundai break multiple records in the UK, and in March our registrations outperformed every other European market. Hyundai Motor UK’s continued and sustainable growth is a testament to the wave of desirable new vehicles”.
New Generation Hyundai i20
The New i20 made a significant contribution to the manufacturer’s success. In March 2015, 3,590 were registered making it the supermini's most successful month. The purpose of a car of this class is to be cost effective, practical and easy to live with in town.
It therefore has 5 doors, 5 seats, and – depending on the trim – a cargo capacity of up to 326-litres. Hyundai says it has “class leading combined front and rear legroom”. Power comes via a range of engines that balance performance with fuel efficiency and low emissions. Petrols include the: 1.2 74bhp (5-speed manual), 1.2 83bhp (5-speed manual) and the 1.4 99bhp (6-speed manual or 4-speed auto). Diesels are the: 1.1 74bhp (6-speed manual) and 1.4 89bhp (6-speed manual). Buyers can also choose from various trim levels, the: S, S Air, S Blue, SE, Premium, Premium SE, Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav. Prices range from £10,695 to £17,400 on the road.
The Hyundai ix35 – even in its run out year – also proved popular with buyers. In March 2015, 3,696 were registered in the United Kingdom. The ix35 is a crossover vehicle and its purpose is to incorporate strengths from various other, traditional, classes.
Like (say) a Land Rover it is available with 4-wheel drive. Handy when the road is wet, icy or snowy. It also has the cargo capacity of an estate, specifically 591-litres rising to 1,436-litres when the rear seats are folded flat. Finally, it has the 5 seats and low running costs associated with a traditional, small family, vehicle.
Hyundai ix35 engines include the: 1.6 133bhp petrol (6-speed manual 2-wheel-drive), the 1.7 114bhp diesel (6-speed manual 2-wheel-drive) and the 2.0 134bhp (6-speed manual/auto 4-wheel-drive). Trims are: S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium Panorama. Prices range from to £17,150 to £28,170 on the road.
Strong Sales Expected To Continue
Tony Whitehorn concluded: “With 80% of Hyundai’s product range either brand new or refreshed in 2015, we expect our growth to continue throughout the year.”