Santa Fe and Elantra were the standouts. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – April 3, 2017 2018 Hyundai Sonata – Pricing TBA. EPA is probably the same as the current 2017 at 25/36 mpg city/highway with the 2.4L or 28/36 with the 1.6L mated to the 7-speed DCT as an Eco variant. Hopefully the Eco variant survived into the 2018 MY? Following the Korean reveal of the refreshed 2018 Sonata last month and the U.S. reveal in NY, it was not just the cascading grille and rear fascia with slimmer tail lamps that were touted. Refreshed 2018 Sonata Revealed in Korea AND 2018 Hyundai Sonata Revealed in NY. Regarding drivetrains, only the 245 hp 2.0L-T received an update. The turbocharged engine is now mated to wider ratio 8-speed AT providing quicker acceleration and more highway efficiency. New interior enhancements, chassis tuning and safety additions provide both improved ride and handling and a safer overall driving experience. 2018 Hyundai Sonata Inside the Sonata arrives with a new AVN 5.0 multimedia system with improved performance and a bird’s eye view is now standard with Navigation equipped Sonata’s. A new SEL trim has also been added. On the R&H front, front torsion bar stiffness was increased by 12 percent providing better responsiveness and on-center feel. Out back, the trailing arms are 21 percent thicker, making them stiffer and better able to manage heavy suspension jolts. New lower friction bushings work with the new suspension arms to allow for more ride compliance and better control motion. Regarding safety, dual front, side, side curtain, and driver’s knee airbags plus active systems including VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, TPMS, AND Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) are all standard. Lane Departure Warning system with an enhanced Lane Keep Assist is a higher trim option. 2018 Hyundai Sonata Interior On the infotainment front, all 2018 Sonata’s include a standard 7” color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An optional Qi wireless charging pad is available on higher end trims. There is now rear seat passenger USB charge port. A much needed addition imho. Good additions all the while there are absolutely stunning deals to be had on the highly regarding 2017. I have seen up to $9.25k off standard Sonata Sports bringing their price down from the mid-20s to just $16,300 + TTL. 2017 Hyundai Sonata Pricing Deals Sport Value Addition: MSRP of $25,465 with $9,227 off for an incredible $16,238 price + TTL. Hyundai March 2017 Sales Overview Hyundai reported sales of 69,265 in March, down 8.0 percent below the record-setting 75,310 sold in March of 2016. YTD sales of 168,792 are down just 2.6 percent from the 173,330 sold through the same period of 2016. Thanks in part to the incredible deals offered, the Elantra had an excellent March with sales of 25,063, up 43.2 percent over the 17,505 sold in March of 2016. YTD sales of 54,202 are up an almost as impressive 37.7 percent over the 39,363 sold through the same period of 2016. Following the US consumer’s demand for CUVs, the Santa Fe achieved Mach sales of 11,446, up 74.9 percent over the 6,546 sold in March of 2016. YTD sales of the flagship CUV are 28,102, up 63.2 percent over the 17,217 sold through the same period of 2016. Hopes within US and Korea Hyundai HQs is that the current Sonata with huge discounts and the upcoming refreshed Sonata will turn the models sales fortunes around. Items of Note: In January and now March, the Fusion Hybrid outsold Prius. YTD sales of the Prius (15,769) are still ahead of the Fusion Hybrid (15,660) by just 109 vehicles. This is turning out to be quite the horse race with both jockeying back and forth for the monthly sales lead. The Prius has not felt this kind of sales pressure ever. The Kia Niro, now in its second full month of sales reached 2,704 new owners and continues to be the 4th bestselling hybrid in the country. The sales totals appear to be accelerating over and above the 2,143 sold last month and I suspect it will top out near 3 to 3.5k/month mark with incentives beginning to be offered in earnest and for the first time in March. Ioniq is just now reaching Hyundai dealerships so we will be watching that one closely with April being its first full month of sales. U.S. March 2017 Sales vs. March 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM March 2017 Sales Up 1.6% with 256,224 Vehicles sold Ford March 2017 Sales Down 7.2% with 236,250 Vehicles sold Toyota March 2017 Sales Down 2.1% with 215,224 Vehicles sold FCA March 2017 Sales Down 4.6% with 190,254 Vehicles sold Nissan March 2017 Sales Up 3.2% with 168,832 Vehicles sold Honda March 2017 Sales Down 0.7% with 137,227 Vehicles sold Hyundai March 2017 Sales were down 8.0% with 69,265 Vehicles sold Subaru March 2017 Sales Up 11.3% with 54,871 Vehicles sold Kia March 2017 Sales Down 15.2% with 49,429 Vehicles Sold BMW March 2017 Sales Up 3.5% with 36,002 Vehicles sold Mercedes-Benz March 2017 Sales Up 2.0% with 32,352 Vehicles Sold VW March 2017 Sales Up 2.7% with 27,635 Vehicles sold Mazda March 2017 Sales Up 4.9% with 24,549 Vehicles sold Audi March 2017 Sales Up 1.7% with 18,705 Vehicles sold Jaguar/Land Rover March 2017 Sales Up 18.9% with 12,918 Vehicles sold Mitsubishi March 2017 Sales Up 6.2% with 11,766 Vehicles sold Volvo March 2017 Sales Down 21.9% with 5,356 Vehicles sold Porsche March 2017 Sales Up 3.6% with 4,479 Vehicles sold In March, BMW moved up two spots to 10th ahead of both VW and MB. Jaguar/Land Rover moved ahead of Mitsubishi to take the 15th spot. In terms of Market Share, GM was a clear winner in March with a 0.9 percent gain over March of 2016. FCA was down 1.0 percent, Nissan was up 0.7 percent. Regarding segment sales totals, F-Series outsold GM’s Silverado, Sierra, Colorado, and Canyon combined. Ram also outsold Silverado. March light vehicle SAAR (seasonally-adjusted annual rate) was 14 million in March although March 2017 sales (1.54 million) were off 0.05 million vs. March of 2016 sales (1.59 million). The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 14.0 million vehicles. YTD industry sales of 4.00 million is down 0.05 million form the 4.05 million sold through the same period of 2016 with the same number of selling days. It is clear that short term sales have peaked. With incentives piling on across the industry, where we go from here is anyone’s guess.