Though we can’t determine which of the vehicles sold last year were of the GT variety, we were able to determine just how many Elantras Hyundai managed to sell in the United States last year and sales have seen a slight drop. For the past six years, Hyundai has been able to sell at least 200,000 Elantras annually until last year where only 198,210 examples were sold.
An odd occurrence considering how well received the model is and it won an IIHS Top Safety Pick award last year. Customers can choose between the GT and Sport variant with the latter featuring a 2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder engine. Paired with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, it sends 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft or torque to the front wheels. Those who need a bit more punch can opt for the 1.6-liter Inline 4-cylinder Turbo unit delivering 201hp and 195 lb-ft or torque.
If the downturn continues, perhaps Hyundai will offer better incentives and deals to boost sales. As nice as the $1500 retail bonus cash is, it could be better. According to Automotive News, “Hyundai discounts averaged $3,095 per vehicle in December, up 18% from the same period last year”. Maybe this trend will continue in the coming months.