Markham, Ontario – The Hyundai Elantra sedan was the best-selling passenger car overall in January, as well as the best-selling vehicle in the compact segment, according to Hyundai Auto Canada. The model sold 2,253 units in January, versus 2,146 Toyota Corollas and 1,142 Honda Civics.

The month also marked the first full month of sales for the all-new 2011 Elantra.

“The compact segment is the biggest and most important in Canada, so winning the battles here is critical for any automotive company to find success,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO of Hyundai Canada. “We developed the all-new Elantra sedan to deliver style, best-in-class fuel economy, safety and a spacious interior. Because of that, we knew it would be a winner with Canadians and challenge the historical leaders in the passenger car market. But Elantra shattered our expectations when it realized that sales crown in the first month of 2011.”

Kelleher said that he expects the Elantra to become the best-selling Hyundai nameplate in the near future. The model represented approximately one-third of the 6,684 Hyundai vehicles sold in Canada in January.

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