Hyundai dealers can expect improved availability of the 2001 Santa Fe sport-utility, which had a slow production start, and the redesigned 2001 Elantra sedan.
Hyundai Motor America expects to sell about 55,000 Santa Fes this year in the United States, said Finbarr O'Neill, president of Hyundai Motor America.
'We'd like to see more Santa Fe sport-utilities, but availability will be improving through this spring,' O'Neill said after the make meeting at the NADA convention.
Elantra availability is starting to pick up, and dealers are expecting sales of the redesigned model to grow this year, said Don Reilly, owner of Fairfax Hyundai in Fairfax, Va.
Tom O'Brien, Hyundai dealer council chairman, said dealers are willing to invest in exclusive dealerships. The dealers now have a broader lineup to work with in an exclusive setting.
Dealers were told the company can help analyze their dealership needs. Hyundai is conducting a dealer survey to determine if dealers have the infrastructure to handle the growth.
Hyundai is planning a direct-mail campaign for current owners about the new 2001 XG 300 sedan.
'Our ambition is to sell 15,000 XG 300s,' O'Neill said. Some cable and magazine advertising also is in store for the XG 300.
The Tiburon coupe will be redesigned for the 2002 model year and will go on sale in the late fall or early winter.
A redesigned Sonata sedan is scheduled for release this fall.