Hyundai is a South Korean automobile manufacturer. It is the biggest car maker in the country as well as one of the top five biggest automobile companies in the world. Check out these interesting Hyundai facts that you need to know!
Hyundai’s Ulsan production plant can manufacture around 1.6 cars each year!
And it’s not just within the automotive field, as Hyundai joins the list of top 100 recognizable global brands!
Hyundai manufactures its own steel rather than sourcing it from suppliers, which is a pretty big change from the standards in the automotive industry.
Despite Hyundai’s solid crossover lineup, its sedans surprisingly emerge as one of the company’s top-sellers. The Sonata and Elantra have a combined 50% of the Hyundai’s total sales, their strongest showing in the past five years.
And that only demonstrates Hyundai Motor’s commitment to quality!
As said on the introduction slide, Hyundai is one of the top five biggest automobile companies in the world. It ranks fourth after General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota. In Asia, Hyundai is the second biggest car maker after Toyota.
At last, Hyundai made it to the 10 million vehicle sales mark in the US, and did so in just under three decades. That’s no piece of cake for an Asian automaker in the competitive American automobile market. The major factor for the South Korean automaker’s success is the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) which opened in 2005. The Montgomery, Alabama-based plant has manufactured over 2 million units, mostly the Sonata and Elantra.
Hyundai Group started as a construction company in 1947. Twenty years later, its automotive arm Hyundai Motor Company was founded. It used to be one of Hyundai Group’s subsidiaries, but now the automaker is no longer affiliated with the former conglomerate.
In 2012 Hyundai Elantra was named by the North American International Road Show as “North American Car of the Year,” definitely a much better showing compared its stint in 2011 (where Sonata was one of the nominees).
The North American Road International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan named Hyundai Genesis as the “North American Car of the Year” in 2009. It bested Ford Flex and Volkswagen Jetta TDI.