South Korean automaker Hyundai says its December sales jumped 17% from a year ago, to 59,435.
of Hyundai's U.S. operations, John Krafcik, tweeted the company's
overall results hours before other automakers are scheduled to begin
announcing today their December and full-year 2012 sales.
said the car company's tally for all for 2012 was up 9%, to 703,007,
"paced by record-setting full-year Elantra & Sonata sales."
Hyundai will roll out details later today.
Though sales are healthy, Hyundai's had challenges last year:
months of eye-popping sales jumps, growth tapered. Kracik says
Hyundai's global production capacity is spread thin and the U.S. won't
consistently see big year-over-year sales leaps in the future. Surely
hard to take after years of "no end in sight" growth.
and corporate affiliate Kia were forced to trim mileage ratings for some
of their most-popular cars, such as the Hyundai Elantra Krafcik cites,
above. The companies said they made incorrect calculations as part of a
new mpg formula they created to handle a number of new models and new
drivetrains coming to market quickly.
- Hyundai's "halo" model --
one meant to create an image for the whole brand -- had to be recalled.
Veloster, a futuristic three-door model, had problems with its enormous
glass roof panel.