Hyundai sells 5m vehicles in Europe

Hyundai has achieved a significant milestone in Europe, with an i30 becoming the manufacturer's five millionth vehicle sold in the continent.

Total sales of the i30, which was launched in 2007, have already crossed 320,000 in Europe.

The first Hyundai Pony was imported into Europe in 1977, after which the manufacturer saw a steady rise in its sales momentum.

Hyundai reached the one million sales mark in Europe in 1996, and two million in 2001.

By 2005, it had sold three million vehicles in Europe.

The launch of the i30 in Europe in 2007 and successful marketing strategies helped boost the pace of growth, and by 2008 Hyundai had sold four million vehicles in the continent.

It has since launched new models such as the i10 and the i20, as well as the ix20 compact MPV and the ix35 SUV.

There has been a significant rise in demand for Hyundai's cars in recent years, helping the manufacturer beat the market sales trend in Europe for 27 consecutive months up to March 2011.

Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: "Hitting five million sales is a wonderful achievement for Hyundai and it marks us out as a major player in what is the world's most competitive car market."

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