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2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

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Hyundai: Hyundai posted a record 60,025 sales in September; that's up 15 percent versus September of last year, and up 10 percent for the first nine months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. The Elantra family, likely buoyed by new coupe and hatchback variants, saw sales up 27 percent versus last September; Tucson sales were also up 27 percent. Veloster sales were a strong 3,020 for the month. Accent, Sonata, and Genesis sales were down slightly. 

Kia:  Kia had its 25th consecutive month of record sales, with 48,105 units--35.1 percent higher than September 2011. Those numbers were led by Optima and Sorento, and at 14,301 for the month, the Optima was up 131 percent versus last September.

Volkswagen: The brand posted its best September since 1972, with 36,339 units sold, representing a 37.2-percent gain year-to-date. It was the best September ever for the Passat and Tiguan, while September Beetle sales were at their best since 2003. VW noted that diesel TDI models accounted for 23.9 percent of its U.S. sales in September.

Subaru: September sales for Subaru of America were up 32 percent over last September, to 27,683, with Outback and Legacy models up 39 and 31 percent, respectively. The redesigned Impreza has also helped boost year-to-date sales, which are reported at 245,463 (25 percent over 2011 levels); Subaru anticipates that it may break 300,000 for calendar-year 2012.

Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz USA posted a record month, with 25,980 vehicles sold in September, up 8.7 percent from September 2011. That included a 14.7-percent boost in Mercedes-Benz C-Class sales, at 7,872, while the C-Class, E-CLass, and M-Class remained top performers.

BMW / MINI: BMW and MINI combined reported sales up 3.5 percent from September 2011, to 25,749 vehicles. Year-to-date sales remain up 7.1 percent for the first nine months of 2012, versus the same period in 2011, with the MINI brand posting the steepest percent gains.

Mazda:
The 2013 Mazda3 took the lead, achieving its best September ever, at 14,031 sales, or a 57.1-percent increase from last September. The automaker sold 4,468 CX-5 models in September, while brand totals for the month were up to 24,135--9.5 percent higher than last September.

Audi: Audi sold 12,302 vehicles in September, representing a 26.5-percent gain over September of 2011. Year-to-date, the brand has already hit 100,694--18.5 percent higher than last year. And September 2012 stands as the third-best month for U.S. sales in Audi of America history

Volvo: Volvo was one of the few automakers to report a decrease in sales--of 1.3 percent, versus September 2011. Its year-to-date sales are also down one percent.

Jaguar / Land Rover: Jaguar Land Rover had its best September since 2007, with 4,640 sales, up 20 percent from September 2011 levels. Land Rover sales were up 33 percent, to 3,636, while Jaguar was down ten percent, to 1,004. The Range Rover Sport continued to be the strongest-selling model in either lineup, at 1,514 units sold in September, up 23 percent from September 2011.

Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi sold just 4,806 vehicles in September, which is down 17.2 percent from September 2011. Sales of the Outlander Sport were up 49 percent year-over-year and helped balance losses from the discontinuation of the Galant sedan.

Porsche: Porsche sold 2,736 vehicles this September, a 26-percent increase over last September; and year-to-date, the brand remains 10.4 percent above 2011 levels, at 25,015. 

Suzuki: Not yet available at the time of posting.

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