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by David Zalstein

Hyundai has sold its one millionth Australian new vehicle at a Western Australian dealership, 26 years after the same Perth-based dealership sold Hyundai’s very first Australian new car.

The Hyundai ix35, from John Hughes in Perth, marked the one million milestone following the Korean brand hitting 500,000 new car sales eight years ago.

“We’re delighted that that the millionth new Hyundai was sold in the same city where it all began back in 1986,” said Hyundai marketing director Oliver Mann.

Hyundai’s Australian sales peaked in 2011 with a record 87,008 units sold, making up 8.6 per cent of market share. With sales up 5.4 per cent so far this year, its on track for another record year in 2012.

That percentage market share was matched in last month’s June sales figures with 9672 vehicles sold, enough to see it finish the month in third position overall behind Holden (10,632) and Toyota (21,649).

Hyundai i30 - Front and Back

To date, Hyundai’s positive year sees five of its cars in the top 50 best-selling cars in Australia with the Hyundai i30 (14,000), Hyundai ix35 (5797), Hyundai i20 (5479), Hyundai Elantra (4700) and Hyundai Accent (4066) all making the cut.

Toyota recently reached a milestone of its own, producing its 200 millionth car.




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