71 Facts About Hyundai Motor


Hyundai Motor operates the world's largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea which has an annual production capacity of 1.

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Hyundai Motor Company was later established in 1967, and the company's first model, the Cortina, was released in cooperation with Ford Motor Company in 1968.

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When Hyundai Motor wanted to develop their own car, they hired George Turnbull in February 1974, the former managing director of Austin Morris at British Leyland.

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Hyundai Motor in turn hired five other top British car engineers.

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Hyundai Motor entered the British market in 1982, selling 2993 cars in their first year there.

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In 1984, Hyundai Motor began exporting the Pony to Canada, but not to the United States, as the Pony would not pass emissions standards there.

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The import of these knocked down kits was permitted as long as Hyundai Motor exported five cars for every single Granada brought in .

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Hyundai Motor began to produce models with its own technology in 1988, beginning with the midsize Sonata.

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In 1998, Hyundai Motor began to overhaul its image in an attempt to establish itself as a world-class brand.

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Hyundai's parent company, Hyundai Motor Group, invested heavily in the quality, design, manufacturing, and long-term research of its vehicles.

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Hyundai Motor is one of the top 100 most valuable brands worldwide according to Interbrand.

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Since 2002, Hyundai Motor has been one of the worldwide official sponsors of the FIFA World Cup.

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Hyundai Motor has six research and development centers, located in South Korea, Germany, Japan and India.

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Hyundai Motor established the Hyundai Motor Design Center in Fountain Valley, California in 1990.

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Hyundai Motor has invested in manufacturing plants in North America, India, the Czech Republic, Russia, China and Turkey as well as research and development centers in Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific Rim.

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In February 2021, CNBC reported that Apple and Hyundai Motor-Kia are close to finalizing a deal to build an autonomous Apple car.

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However, Hyundai Motor announced shortly after that it is no longer in talks with Apple.

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In June 2021, Hyundai Motor Group completed its acquisition of a controlling interest in the robotics firm, Boston Dynamics.

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In 2006, Hyundai Motor hired Thomas Burkle as head of the company's design center in Russelsheim, Germany.

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The design philosophy was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Hyundai Motor Show demonstrated by the Le Fil Rouge concept car, and has been rolled out into their recent models, ranging from sedans to SUVs The Sensuous Sportiness design identity and strategy has won Design Management Institute's Design Value Award 2020.

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Hyundai Motor America began selling cars in the United States on 20 February 1986, with a single model, the Hyundai Excel.

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Hyundai Motor continued this tradition by placing third overall in J D Power's 2006 Initial Quality Survey, behind only Porsche and Lexus.

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Second-generation Hyundai Motor Pony was available for sale in Canada starting with the 1984 model year.

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Subsequently, Chrysler and Hyundai Motor considered a joint venture that would have Chrysler rebranding the Sonata manufactured at Bromont – only to later announce the deal had failed.

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Hyundai Motor subsequently sold the plant, which was eventually purchased by Olymbec inc, a Quebec real estate developer.

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Hyundai Motor is the No 1 import car brand in Canada without a local plant.

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Hyundai Motor Mexico entered the Mexican market in 2014 with the imported vehicles such as Grand i10, the Elantra, and the ix35.

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In October 2012, Hyundai Motor launched a new small bi-fuel car, the HB20, designed specifically for the Brazilian mass-market.

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Hyundai Motor vehicles have been produced in Brazil by local partner, Caoa Group at a plant located in Anapolis, Goias.

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Hyundai Motor is currently working with its Chinese partner Beijing Automobile Industry Holding Co.

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Hyundai Motor has two manufacturing plants in India located at Sriperumbudur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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Hyundai Motor expanded its engineering activities in India with Vehicle Engineering team in 2010.

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Indian engineers are heavily involved in the making of Indian-oriented Hyundai Motor vehicles including the i10, i20, along with other global cars.

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Hyundai Motor said that it is possible for them to come back to Japan fully if market conditions continue to improve.

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In November 2019, Hyundai Motor announced that it is building the first wholly owned Southeast Asian car plant located in Indonesia.

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In September 1997, Hyundai Motor opened a manufacturing plant in Turkey, located in Izmit, Kocaeli Province.

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The new Hyundai plant is 90 kilometres north of Kia Motors' Zilina Plant in Slovakia.

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Hyundai Motor cars are manufactured in Egypt, the local manufacturer is the Ghabbour Group, which is located in Cairo.

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Hyundai Motor produces sedans, hatchbacks, crossover SUVs, vans, pickups, heavy trucks and buses in numerous plants worldwide.

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Some hatchback models developed by Hyundai Motor have been divided into models developed to cater to the Indian market and the European market.

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Hyundai Motor entered the crossover SUV market early with the Santa Fe in 2000, followed by the smaller Tucson in 2004.

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In 2021, Hyundai Motor released its first crossover SUV model in the South Korean light car segment, the Casper.

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Currently, Hyundai Motor produces 12 crossover SUV models for different markets.

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Hyundai Motor Company began developing flexible-fuel vehicles in 1988.

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New hybrid-electric FGV-1 was unveiled at the Seoul Hyundai Motor Show in 1995 which featured full-time electric drive technology.

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Hyundai Motor is using the "parallel" type design, which utilizes either the internal combustion engine or the electric motor.

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Hyundai Motor planned to have six electric vehicles available for testing by the end of 1992.

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Hyundai Motor is using Hybrid Blue Drive, which includes lithium polymer batteries, as opposed to lithium-ion.

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In 2009, Hyundai Motor released the Avante LPI Hybrid in the South Korean domestic market in July.

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At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai unveiled the i-flow, a concept car using a variant of the BLUE-WILL hybrid system.

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In 2016, Hyundai Motor revealed the Ioniq five-door liftback to rival the Toyota Prius.

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In December 2020, Hyundai Motor Group announced details about its E-GMP platform that will be the underpinning of new Hyundai and Kia electric vehicles starting in 2021.

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In February 2020, Hyundai Motor launched its first vehicle built above the E-GMP platform, the Ioniq 5.

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In July 2022, Hyundai Motor announced its new automotive factory in South Korea, solely dedicated for electric vehicles and with production set to begin in 2025.

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Hyundai Motor is currently expanding its full-electric lineup to include the Ioniq 6, which will debut in Europe in the second half of 2022, and the Ioniq 7, which is projected to hit the market in 2024.

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In March 2018, Hyundai Motor launched a hydrogen powered crossover SUV the Nexo.

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In 2020, Hyundai Motor launched a hydrogen powered version of its Xcient truck the Xcient Fuel Cell delivering seven vehicles to customers in Switzerland.

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In 2019, Hyundai Motor formed Hyundai Motor Hydrogen Mobility together with Swiss company H2 Energy to lease trucks to Swiss customers with plans to deliver 50 trucks by 2020.

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Hyundai Motor chose to launch in Switzerland as its road tax does not apply to zero-emission trucks and for its ability to produce hydrogen using hydropower.

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In 2020, Hyundai Motor launched a hydrogen powered version of its Elec City bus the Elec City FCEV that has a capacity of 44 passengers with 24 seats and 20 standing seats.

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In 2020, Hyundai Motor exported two buses to Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco for demonstration.

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In December 2021, Hyundai Motor suspended development of its Genesis, and possibly its other, hydrogen cars.

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Hyundai Motor started production of the H350 van in Turkey from 2015.

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Hyundai Motor is doing so with the help of the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement .

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In September 1999, Hyundai Motor unveiled the Accent WRC, a World Rally Car based on the Hyundai Motor Accent.

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In 2001, Hyundai Motor debuted a new evolution of the Accent WRC, which was intended to improve reliability, but the performance of the car was still not good enough to challenge the four big teams .

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In September 2003, after a season hampered by budget constraints, Hyundai Motor announced withdrawal from the WRC and planned to return in 2006, which did not happen.

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Hyundai Motor announced they would be revealing their future rally plans at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, on 9 February.

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In September 2012 Hyundai Motor announced that they were due to start the WRC with a rally model of its i20 to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta, the Citroen DS3 and the Mini Countryman.

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Hyundai Motor i20 WRC is a World Rally Car built by Hyundai Motor for use in the 2014 World Rally Championship.

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Hyundai Motor has since taken down the video and issued a formal apology.

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