Hyundai Elantra is the leader in the compact segment in March 2013 sales

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 5, 2013

There was a shakeup in the compact segment in terms of March 2013 sales, with the Hyundai Elantra going up the ranks, falling right behind the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. Even if Toyota is poised to release a new model, its Corollas are still selling like hotcakes. Last month, it sold 11.1% more Corollas to 31,423 units compared to the figure for March 2012.

Matrix is included in this sales number. Even if Honda Civic sales declined by 1.9% in March 2013, the automaker still sold 27,665 coupes and sedans. This made Honda keep the No. 2 position. Hyundai shot up from No. 5 to No. 3 in March 2013, with 26,153 Elantra units sold, the highest monthly sales recorded so far by the model.

Last month, Chevrolet Cruze sales rose by 7.7%, with 23,260 units sold. Chevrolet and Hyundai posted high sales in the compact segment, comparable to how Ford did with the Focus (which was at the No. 4 position). Ford had sold 24,929 units.

Volkswagen stayed at No. 6 with 15,005 Jettas sold while No. 7 still went to the Nissan Sentra with 13,965 units sold. The other models in the compact segment are the Mazda3 (with 10,505 units sold), the Dodge Dart (8091 units), Subaru Impreza (7054 units), and the Kia Forte (5931 units).

Hyundai Elantra has the McPherson strut front suspension that features gas shock absorbers and coil springs. A light coupled torsion beam is used for the rear suspension, giving it better steering stability, while single tube shock absorbers give it utmost ride comfort. Furthermore, you have the front stabilizer bar to help keep the body firmly planted to the ground when you are cornering.

Hyundai Elantra has a motor-driven and column mounted electric power steering that automatically adjusts to a variety of driving conditions and helps keep the fuel consumption down. You have a quick ratio steering rack that gives you crisp turn-ins. The Elantra has a better turning diameter than the Corolla at only 34.8 feet.

The engineering team behind the Hyundai Elantra wanted to give it top notch weight efficiency. The new Elantra beats out all others in its class. Apart from this, the Elantra also has top-notch power-to-weight ratio. Both of these elements have helped the Elantra become better performing and fuel efficient.

Elantra also made use of strong steel to make its body sturdier while keeping the weight down. The steel also helps the suspension to work better. The automatic transmission Elantra GLS weighs only 2,701 pounds, less than competing cars. The Elantra, however, has a more spacious interior than the Cruze, Focus, Corolla, and Civic. It also has 50% higher body-bending stiffness when compared to the Corolla. The architecture allows the Elantra to run for around 40 mpg without having to opt for the eco model.

The Interior

The inside of the Elantra showcases the skills of the South Korean carmaker in lighting, interior packaging, craftsmanship, and design. The instruments and steering wheel are clearly visible. The lightweight seats are made out of eco friendly foam and contribute to the fuel efficiency of the car. You can opt for heated seats as well. The Elantra has a variety of storage areas.

2011 Elantra GLS makes use of gray and beige for its interior two-tone colors. Choose the Limited trim to get a monotone black interior. The car also uses a cloth-like pillar trim.

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