For many in the automotive industry, the news that Hyundai has cracked the top 10 in the sales charts in Britain won’t really come as a big surprise.
This Korean car company continues to gain favour from motorists around the world due to one very big positive - it builds very good cars at very good prices.
To break into the top 10 sellers in the British car market is no easy feat, given you are competing with the likes of Ford’s Fiesta and Focus, Vauxhall’s Corsa and Astra, not to mention Volkswagen’s Golf and Peugeot’s 207.
Hyundai claimed ninth place, with its cute little i10 on sales of 3084 cars in July, which was a few hundred cars ahead of the popular Renault Clio.
Given the success of the i30 hatch in Australia, we are sure that Hyundai Motor Company Australia would love to be selling the i10 here sooner than planned.
Stephen Howard from the Australian subsidiary today agreed that Hyundai would certainly like the car for this market and have put the business case forward to the Korean head office, and as we've previously reported the i10 and i20 will be coming to Australia - eventually.
Top Gear UK called the 1.2-litre petrol version “…a proper little cracker with plenty of high tech in the engine engine and a fun drive".
As CarAdvice reported recently the plans to launch the i10 and i20 are currently under review because of currency and transport issues but we understand the car will go on sale here early in 2010.