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Hyundai Sonata Sets Sales Record

Little impact from fuel economy flap.

by on Dec.28, 2012

Hyundai's Sonata sets another sales record.

Even with a big weekend to go, sales of the Hyundai Sonata have already an all-time record, surpassing the 225,961 sales the midsize sedan logged in its record-setting performance last year. Sonata joins the Elantra, Veloster, Genesis, and Equus in setting all-time sales records for Hyundai in 2012, the maker confirmed.

Significantly, the maker has shown little sign of losing sales momentum despite word last month that it — and Korean sibling Kia — had fudged their fuel economy numbers.

With the year wrapping up at a significantly hotter pace than most analysts had anticipated, Hyundai is by no means alone. Among the makers who have been setting sales records in recent months are Audi, BMW, Porsche and Subaru. And more likely will join the list when December sales are tallied.

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Car sales this month are expected to grow by better than 10% — and possibly more than 15% — despite wavering consumer confidence brought on by a lack of a budget and tax deal in Washington D.C.