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#552 of 624 HUGE drops in sales for Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, and Tuscon
Oct 11, 2006 (12:00 pm)
Accent down a record 59%!
Sonata down 13%
Elantra down 30%!
"September sales totaled 33,384, down 13 percent compared with September 2005 due to limited availability of all-new Accents and Elantras. Plant slowdowns this summer in Korea and strong worldwide demand for these vehicles contributed to this situation."
Suuure. Because people are just waiting in line at Hyundai dealerships, salivating for an Accent sticked at $16.7K. Right. Fit, Versa, Rabbit, New Sentra anyone?
Once again confirming that consumers don't want to buy the "new" Accent, an overpriced, poorly constructed vehicle. Throw in $3K in rebates and people will consider the Accent.
Not surprising though from a company that can't spell it's own cars ("Sontata")
#553 of 624 Re: HUGE drops in sales for Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, and Tuscon [germancarfan1]
Oct 11, 2006 (12:08 pm)
I guess they need to pay those web content interns more money!
Here's a note from the press release that may explain the lower sales numbers for Accents (and Elantras):
September sales totaled 33,384, down 13 percent compared with September 2005 due to limited availability of all-new Accents and Elantras. Plant slowdowns this summer in Korea and strong worldwide demand for these vehicles contributed to this situation.
The low availability of these cars was confirmed by a dealer I talked with recently.
#554 of 624 Re: HUGE drops in sales for Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, and Tuscon [germancarfan1]
Oct 11, 2006 (6:42 pm)
Please calm down before I go nit-pick about every VW issue (and trust me they far exceed Hyundai). There are circumstantial reasons for the drop-off, and they will be made up since now everything is back on track.
Mind you this is the second or third monthly loss YOY for Hyundai during the past few years...geesh!!
And by the way, Hyundai Accent GS & SE are hot, especially. Most dealers are selling every allocation they receive, in very short time, I should mention...
#555 of 624 Re: HUGE drops in sales for Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, and Tuscon [joe97]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:39 pm)
I can confirm how hot the Accent hatches are in my area. I found only one SE, an automatic, within 25 miles (5 dealers) of me when I looked around a few days ago. Some dealers had 2-3 GSes. They had fewer GLSes. I suspect the 2006s are near sold out and the 2007s are slow in arriving--or they just sell quickly.
#556 of 624 Re: HUGE drops in sales for Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, and Tuscon [backy]
Nov 05, 2006 (11:59 am)
Yes the 2007 SEs are very slow in arriving especially the manual transmissions. I just bought one and the dealer had to have it brought in from approx 300 miles away. Be patient or wait within 5 or 6 days of the end of the month and your dealer may be motivated to find you one.
#557 of 624 Re: HUGE drops in sales for Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, and Tuscon [backy]
Nov 13, 2006 (12:19 pm)
Backy, Hyundai had labor strikes and other grief this past year, and their production is way down. Accents may be popular, but they are also in very short supply due to production shortages.
#558 of 624 Re: HUGE drops in sales for Accent, Sonata, Elantra, Tiburon, and Tuscon [micweb]
Nov 13, 2006 (12:31 pm)
Based on my perusal of my local dealer yesterday, I'd say it's the Accent SEs and GLSes with power package and Accents with MTs that are in short supply. They had a good supply of GSes and GLSes w/o the power package. They had a couple of loaded (all options including AT) SEs--no 5-speed Accents at all. Either they aren't shipping many MT Accents, or the Accents with MTs and popular options like ABS and power windows/locks/mirrors are being snapped up quickly.
#559 of 624 2007 features, availability
Dec 02, 2006 (3:00 pm)
I just visited a local dealer to check out the Accent and Elantra - I actually drove to the very rear of the dealership so I could scope out the cars undisturbed.
Naturally, the typical glad-handling, grinning salesman hunted me down and tried to sell me a car.
I think he lied to me, too: I understand the Accent is just plain not available with cruise.
The smarmy salesman insisted the Accent WAS available with cruise.
I dug in my heels a bit and, towards the end of the exchange, with a bit of exasperation, the salesman suggested that "... adding cruise to a 2007 Accent is not difficult."
So - did Hyundai finally add cruise for the US market?
If not, can one add cruise to an Accent via aftermarket addition?
If one does add cruise, will it void any Hyundai warranties?
#560 of 624 Another nail in the Accent coffin: IIHS
Dec 19, 2006 (7:46 am)
Well, if you needed another reason not to buy the Accent, here it is: Awful IIHS scores. It's pretty much a death trap.
Side impact: POOR
Rear impact: POOR
Front impact: Acceptable
The Accent is the only small car tested, aside from the Aveo, that didn't receive a good frontal test. In addition, both the Yaris and Fit received good side impact scores (and good frontal impact). These scores pretty much solidify what many have suspected all along, exploding airbags won't make up from a poorly constructed body.
Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries plus a fracture of the pelvis would be likely in a crash of this severity. In addition, loading to the shoulder was excessive.
#561 of 624 Re: Another nail in the Accent coffin: IIHS [germancarfan1]
Dec 19, 2006 (8:33 am)
Yes, those are poor scores and takes the Accent off my "consider" list, which is unfortunate because I like the car otherwise. Pretty amazing Hyundai would let the design go forward knowing these would be the crash test results.
If Hyundai doesn't address this issue aggressively, it will definitely hurt sales since there are other small cars out there available with standard SABs that did much better in the IIHS tests. The fact that the IIHS released the results tells me Hyundai doesn't plan to do anything in the near future, otherwise it's typical for the IIHS to hold up publishing the results before the manufacturer has made some modifications and requested a re-test.