Hyundai’s compact Elantra recently sold its 10 millionth unit globally.
The Elantra is Hyundai’s first model to reach this high a milestone and is one of only 10 car nameplates in the history of the auto industry to reach it.
Launched 24 years ago in 1990, it’s sold an average of 420,000 units per year on a global basis, or approximately 1,100 a day.
The Elantra is also known as Avante in other parts of the world.
The current U.S. market Elantra is built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery, Ala.
With the Sonata, the Elantra is Hyundai’s volume leader, helping the company set a U.S. sales record in each of the past four years.
“Reaching this historic mark is a testament to Elantra’s staying power and the global appeal of a vehicle that delivers design, functionality and performance,” said Bob Pradzinski, vice president of National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. “As a company it also shows our ability to quickly adapt to changing consumer preferences and continue to push the compact car segment with features once reserved for luxury vehicles.”
The company stated the Elantra ranked the highest in its segment for initial quality in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS); the Elantra is also the three-time recipient (2011, 2012 and 2013) of the ALG Residual Value Awards and remains one of the top-shopped vehicles in the segment.