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by Matt Brogan

Strong sales of the Sonata sedan and Santa Fe have helped Hyundai become one of only three brands to record higher US sales for the month of January.

Kia and Subaru also saw gains in January while all other brands trading in the US have seen a decline in sales figures for that month.

Hyundai reported sales of 24,512 vehicles in January, a 14.3 per cent increase over January 2008. Kia sales rose 3.5 per cent. Combined, Hyundai and Kia were up 8.9 percent in a US market that plunged 37.1 percent in total (month-on-month as compared to 2008).

The Sonata mid-sized sedan led the way with sales of 8508 units, up 85.5 percent from 4587 during the same month last year. Hyundai sold 5024 Santa Fes, up 35.2 percent from 3716 units last year.




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