World: Should Hyundai Elantra and i30 sales be counted together?
I always make a point of keeping you up-to-date about the methodology I use for BestSellingCarsBlog's worldwide models rankings. One of the recent changes included counting the Dacia/Renault Logan and Sandero together as the second generation of both models are now the sedan and hatchback version of one single model. Now onto potentially the next one, and I'd really like to hear your views. If the first generation Hyundai i30 had nothing to do with the Elantra, the current model is clearly the hatchback version of the Elantra (sedan). One of the rules I follow in my worldwide rankings is that the model must be called the same in at least some parts of the world. This way the Toyota Auris, called Corolla in Australia notably, is counted within Corolla worldwide sales whereas the VW Jetta isn't counted as part of worldwide Golf sales, also because the two models are getting further apart from each other with different renewal cycles anyway.
I would not even contemplate counting i30 and Elantra sales together if the i30 was called i30 everywhere on the planet. But it is called Elantra GT in North America (USA and Canada) which is still the #2 car market in the world, so hard to dismiss. Do you think this is the hatchback and sedan version of one single model? Would it place Hyundai in a more honest position in the fight for the title of best-selling nameplate in the world with both the Corolla and Focus including hatchback and sedan versions in their sales? If we look at the latest worldwide models ranking (May), the Elantra/i30 combo adds up to 95,526 sales vs. 102,374 for the Toyota Corolla and 96,049 for the Ford Focus. A completely different picture indeed.
Another interesting development if we count i30 and Elantra together is that it becomes Australia's best-selling passenger car in June with 4,599 sales vs.4,197 for the Toyota Corolla and 3,672 for the Mazda3 as Joshua Dowling from news.com.au points out. So what? So it would be only the 2nd month in history after June 1998 when the Hyundai Excel took the lead of the sales charts that a Hyundai model is the best-seller in Australia! And if the Excel performance was a freak event, judging by how Hyundai has been steadily growing in Australia, to the point of now threatening home-grown Holden for 2nd place, it could very well happen again very soon and very often...
So what do you think? Elantra and i30 together or not? Please comment on here, I would love to hear your views.