Hyundai Expects Shocking Sales in June
And the company expects even better sales figures this month, obviously driven forward by the scrapping bonus the British government is offering. According to a report by drive.com.au, Hyundai says its monthly sales will "send shockwaves through the industry," with some reports claiming it could overtake Vauxhall in retail sales.
“We had plans in place to make sure we were ready for scrappage, but the level of demand has shocked people who have been in the industry for decades," said Tony Whitehorn, managing director of Hyundai UK said.
The aforementioned source says several boats loaded with i10 and i20 models are expected to arrive in the upcoming weeks, with all these models reserved for paying customers.
"What we've seen in the scrappage schemes that were implemented across Europe is that there's a tendency to buy smaller cars," a spokesman for the UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) commented on the figures. "It might be because of the gas mileage or the lower CO2 emissions that are attached to those cars and also the lower price," he added.
Hyundai has received 8,246 orders following the scrapping scheme, while Ford was second with 7,800 orders. Toyota was the third with 7,800, followed by Kia Motors with 7,300 and Volkswagen with 4,591. Surprisingly, Mazda, one of the manufacturers who praises its small cars' fuel efficiency every once in a while is only at the bottom of the chart, with only 1,355 orders received following the scrapping bonus.