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Hyundai: Hyundai's CEO John Krafcik reports via Twitter that "Hyundai's April sales 62K+, up 1%. New 3rd shift (Sept.) at our Alabama plant will help us grow Elantra/Sonata to better meet demand. ^jfk" A total of 62,264 vehicles set a new April record for the automaker, and its new Veloster hatchback moved more than 3000 units--nearly as many as its Genesis luxury sedan.

Kia: Kia sales of 47,550 units set a new April sales record, at just a few hundred units over last April's 47,074 units.

Volkswagen: Volkswagen sales rose 31.5 percent on the month, the brand's best sales numbers since 1971. Jetta sales fell 7.6 percent, but the Passat sold 10,096 units--while the Routan fell to just 908 copies moved.

Mazda: Sales of 21,506 vehicles helped Mazda to a 4.2-percent sales gain in April over the year-ago period.

Mercedes-Benz: MBUSA reports sales of 22,336 vehicles in April, for a 23.8-percent increase over the same period last year.

BMW / MINI: Combined sales of BMW and MINI vehicles in the U.S. totaled 26,793 units in April, up 6.1 percent from April 2011. BMW accounted for 21,062 units of the total, up 12 percent; MINI sold 5,731 units last month, down 11.1 percent, though it notes the brand is up 6 percent on the year.

Subaru: Subaru says it sold 26,310 vehicles in April, up 6 percent on the month. On the year, it's up 16 percent, with the 2012 Impreza leading the charge--up 124 percent in April alone.

Audi: Audi says it sold 11,521 vehicles in April, up 15 percent on the month, and its 16th consecutive monthly sales record.

Mitsubishi: Sales at the Japanese automaker totaled 5,280 units, down 34.7 percent versus April 2011.

Volvo: Volvo sales fell 24.3 percent to 4,847 units; on the year, the brand is down 2.7 percent.

Jaguar/Land Rover: The combined British brands sold 4,365 vehicles in April, up 3 percent over last April. Land Rover sales were up 10 percent to 3,292 units; Jaguar was down on the month 14 percent, to 1,073 vehicles.

Porsche: Porsche sales of 3,437 vehicles in April were up 4 percent over a year ago.

Suzuki: Suzuki sold 1,774 vehicles in April, off 17 percent.

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