Company : History : Hyundai heritage

A global network of research and development facilities. Over 4,000 researchers, four international centres to co-ordinate international activities and the world's biggest assembly plant. Put it all together and you have the largest integrated car manufacturing facility on earth.

It all started with just one man, a small repair shop and an insistence on delivering quality that still endures today.

This is the story of Chung Ju-Yung. Born the son of a peasant farmer, Mr Ju-Yung launched Hyundai in 1947 at the age of 32. At first it was a small vehicle repair shop. Then it grew, and became the Hyundai Auto Service Centre. 20 years later, Hyundai vehicle assembly was born. The Pony hatchback soon followed, and today, Hyundai is the fifth largest car manufacturer in the world.

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  • Hyundai unveils New Generation i20 Coupe, New i30 and New i40
  • New Generation i10 selected as Scottish Car of the Year 2014
  • First six ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles are delivered to UK customers
  • Hyundai Motor’s brand value reaches the global Top 40 – the highest ever
  • Rockar and Hyundai announce new car retail experience, ‘Rockar Hyundai’ at Bluewater, Kent
  • i10 revealed as What Car? Best Used City Car 2014
  • Hyundai Motor UK appointed ‘Official Car Partner’ to Wales Rally GB
  • New Generation Hyundai i20 revealed
  • Santa Fe wins Best Large SUV at Auto Express 2014 awards
  • ix35 Fuel Cell breaks record for the longest ever journey in a hydrogen vehicle (700 kilometers)
  • Online Service Booking facility is launched across all Hyundai UK dealers
  • Hyundai wins multiple awards at International CSR Excellence Awards
  • Hyundai Motor served as official partner of 2014 FIFA World Cup™
  • London College of Fashion and Hyundai collaborate on ‘Fashion Fuel Cell’ project
  • Hyundai partners with the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) project
  • Hyundai Motor achieves six million sales in Europe since the company began sales in the region in 1977
  • All-New Genesis received European debut at 2014 Geneva Motor Show
  • Hyundai Motor’s Intrado concept unveiled at Geneva Motor Show
  • New Generation i10 goes on sale across the UK
  • Tate and Hyundai announce 11 near long-term partnership – the longest initial commitment from a corporate sponsor
  • Hyundai Shell World Rally Team enter debut season at Rallye Monte-Carlo
  • CarBuyer announce New Generation i10 as ‘Car of the Year’ 2014
  • Hyundai UK supplies vehicles to support ‘Crisis at Christmas’ homeless charity
  • With 25,000 i10 sales, Hyundai is the first Korean car manufacturer to hit this milestone with a single model
  • Hyundai achieves another year of record sales in 2014 with 82,159 registrations


  • Hyundai becomes first Korean car brand to make it in to the top ten best-selling manufacturers in the UK
  • Michel Nandan appointed Team Principal of Hyundai’s World Rally team
  • HCD-14 Genesis Concept unveiled at Detroit Motor Show
  • Peter Schreyer appointed President of Hyundai, Kia Design Centre
  • Santa Fe named safest SUV in annual Euro NCAP honours
  • World’s first assembly line production begins for ix35 Fuel Cell in Ulsan, South Korea
  • HND-9 Sports Coupe Concept unveiled at Seoul Motor Show
  • Hyundai produces 1 millionth car at Nosovice plant in the Czech Republic
  • ix35 crowned Car of the Year by
  • Hyundai lights up Piccadilly Circus for another five years
  • €5m Nurburgring test facility officially opens
  • European production Capacity increased to 500,000 units per year
  • Hyundai Motorsport GmbH factory officially opens
  • New Generation Santa Fe wins Best SUV in annual Auto Express Awards
  • New ix35 goes on sale in the UK
  • UK production of New Generation i10 moves to newly upgraded Izmit factory in Turkey
  • World’s first full production fuel cell cars arrive in the UK – ix35 Fuel Cell
  • Hyundai Motor Company enters Top 50 in Interbrand’s survey of the best 100 Global Brands
  • New Generation Hyundai i10 world premiere Frankfurt Motor Show
  • Hyundai’s WRC team conducts intensive development tests of i20 WRC car around Europe
  • Emissions from the ix35 Fuel Cell are used to help grow vegetable in unique aquaponics system
  • Hyundai wins prestigious Top Gear ‘Bargain of the Year’ award for New Generation i10
  • Thierry Neuville named as Hyundai’s leader driver for 2014 WRC season
  • Hyundai Intrado concept previewed ahead of Geneva Show unveiling
  • Hyundai surpasses 2012’s record sales year with 77,000 units sold in 2013



  • i40 Saloon, New generation i30 Hatch, i30 Tourer, New i20, New generation Santa Fe, Veloster and Veloster Turbo all go on sale in the UK
  • New generation i30 wins Car of the Year in 2012 CarBuyer awards
  • Hyundai named Carmaker of the Year by AM magazine
  • Hyundai is the first Korean Brand to enter the Automotive Top Ten in Millward Brown’s 2012 Brand Z Survey
  • New generation i30 awarded 5-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Elantra wins North American Car Of the Year award
  • i-oniq concept car shown in Geneva
  • New Santa Fe SUV launches in New York
  • Capacity doubled to 200,000 at Turkey plant
  • Hyundai sponsors UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament
  • Third manufacturing plant in China opens



  • Hyundai sells circa 4.1 million cars globally.  Best year ever for Hyundai Motor UK Ltd with just under 64,000 units sold
  • Hyundai UK Training Academy Opened by President Han, Hyundai Motor Europe Chairman
  • Hyundai in the UK awarded Best Car Manufacturer by Which? magazine and Car Franchise of the Year from Motor Trader.
  • Hyundai i10 was voted the Most Genuinely Economical Petrol-Engined Car by Honest John awards
  • Hyundai i40 Tourer goes on sale in UK
  • Hyundai i40 awarded 5-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Introduction of Blue Link at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in U.S.
  • World premiere of HCD-XII Curb concept vehicle at the Detroit International Auto Show
  • World debut of Veloster at the North American International Auto Show
  • Hyundai’s new brand direction and slogan “NEW THINKING. NEW POSSIBILITIES.” Announced
  • Launch of production at the Russia plant HMMR in Saint Petersburg
  • ix20 awarded 5-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Hyundai exceeds 5 million units in cumulative sales in Europe
  • Hyundai ranks 11th among Inter brand’s 50 Best Global Green Brands
  • World debut of EON by Indian subsidiary HMIL
  • i40 awarded 2011 Euro Car Body Golden Award
  • Elantra awarded North American Car of the Year


  • Hyundai UK wins AM Carmaker of the Year and Car Franchise of the Year from Motor Trader
  • Hyundai launches the industry-leading  5 Year Triple Care Unlimited Mileage Warranty
  • Hyundai i30 is voted the Most Satisfying Car in Britain in the Auto Express Driver Power surevy
  • Hyundai ix35 and ix20 go on sale in the UK
  • Unveiling of hybrid concept car i-flow at the Geneva Motor Show
  • Hyundai selected as No. 1 Asian brand in customer service satisfaction and No. 1 in durability for 3rd consecutive year by J.D. Power
  • World premiere of Sonata Hybrid at the New York Motor Show
  • Genesis and Tucson ix selected as “safest car” by U.S. IIHS and No. 1 in U.S. customer satisfaction
  • Sonata exceeds 5 million units in cumulative sales
  • Official sponsor of the 2010 South Africa World Cup
  • President Mong-Koo Chung selected as top CEO in Asia in the automotive industry
  • World premiere of eco-friendly electric car Blue On
  • Completion of Russia plant
  • World premiere of ix20 at the Paris Motor Show
  • Debut of the independently-developed Nu-Tau GDi engine, RWD 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Official car sponsor of G20 Summit
  • Hyundai exceeds 500,000 units in annual sales in U.S.


  • Hyundai i20 goes on sale in the UK
  • Unveiling of i20 3-door and concept car ix-onic at the Geneva Motor Show
  • Genesis awarded North American Car of the Year
  • Hyundai selected as best automotive company in China’s warranty service satisfaction survey
  • Hyundai ranks No. 1 in the general brand category by J.D. Power’s 2009 new car quality survey; Avante ranks No. 1 in the mid-sized car category
  • Genesis ranks No. 1 in the new models category
  • Unveiling of ix-Metro and ix35 at the Frankfurt Motor Show
  • Hyundai reaches 69th in global brand value as published by Business Week
  • Completion of Czech plant with annual production capacity of 300,000 units
  • First unveiling of independently-developed next-generation high performance Zeta GDi engine



  • Hyundai i10 and iLoad go on sale in the UK
  • Scrappage introduced in the UK – takes UK sales from 28,000 in 2008 to over 61,000 in 2010
  • Hyundai named Automotive Manufacturer of the Year by Autocar
  • Hyundai opens new state-of-art manufacturing facility in Nosovice, Czech Republic
  • Launch of Genesis, Genesis Coupe, i30 Estate
  • Hyundai Beijing breaks record of 1 million units in cumulative production in the shortest time
  • World premiere of the eco-friendly concept car i-mode at the Geneva Motor Show
  • Completion of the 2nd plant in Beijing with annual production capacity of 3 million units
  • Hyundai achieves No. 1 in National Customer Satisfaction Index for 8th consecutive year
  • Development of next-generation eco-friendly passenger diesel R-engine


  • The Hyundai i30 goes on sale in the UK
  • Hyundai Motor Group becomes the world’s fifth largest carmaker
  • Unveiling of concept cars HED-IV (QarmaQ), HND-III (Veloster)
  • Grandeur ranks No. 1 in J.D. Power’s customer satisfaction survey for 2nd consecutive year
  • Hyundai exceeds 5 million units in cumulative sales in U.S.; completion of Brazil plant CKD
  • Unveiling of the 3rd generation fuel cell concept car iBlue at the Frankfurt Motor Show
  • Launch of the next-generation compact car i10 by Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL)


  • Hyundai Motor Group exceeds KW 1 trillion in sales
  • Hyundai Motor Group selected as the top Chinese automotive brand
  • Launch of construction of 2nd Hyundai plant in Beijing
  • Hyundai ranks No. 1 in the general brand category of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study (IQS) index
  • Hyundai Motor Group reaches 6th worldwide in total production
  • Independent development of world-class V6 diesel S -engine
  • Unveiling of concept cars Hellion, Arnejs, Genus, Talus
  • Hyundai selected among 100 Best Global Brands for 2nd consecutive year



  • Formation of Hyundai Motor UK Ltd – from local distributor to global subsidiary
  • Click is selected as India’s Best Car of 2005
  • Completion of U.S. proving ground, Technical centre, and plant in Alabama
  • Unveiling of the New Grandeur, HED-1 at the Geneva Motor Show
  • Hyundai is selected as the Official Partner of FIFA from 2007 to 2014
  • Hyundai enters 100 Best Global Brands
  • Completion of eco-friendly Vehicle Recycling centre



  • Hyundai Tuscon goes on sale in the UK
  • Hyundai breaks national record by exceeding 10 million units in exports
  • Establishment of joint venture plant for commercial vehicles in China
  • Development of 2nd generation Tucson fuel cell vehicle
  • President Mong-Koo Chung named as Best CEO of 2004 by Business Week



  • Opening of European Headquarters and expansion of state-of-the –art R&D Centre in Frankfurt
  • Hyundai is the first to rank No. 1 in Korean Industry Customer Satisfaction for the 10th consecutive year
  • Hyundai is the first in the automotive industry to officially proclaim “Global Environmental Management”
  • Avanta exceeds 2 million units in production; Sonata exceeds 2.5 million units in production
  • Completion of U.S. Design centre
  • Development of world’s first ultra high pressure hydrogen storage system for fuel cell vehicles



  • Launch of first Five Year Warranty
  • Launch of Chinese-produced Elantra model
  • Sonata selected as No. 1 by J.D. Power in performance, driving, and design research
  • Completion of California Design & Technical centre



  • The Santa Fe, Hyundai’s first 4WD goes on sale in the UK
  • Launch of sports coupe Tuscani, Terracan, Lavita
  • Santa Fe selected as No. 1 in U.S. customer satisfaction survey
  • HMA receives J.D. Power’s presidential award
  • Unveiling of Korea’s first fuel cell-powered Santa Fe
  • Unveiling of concept car HCD-VI


  • Amica supermini goes on sale in the UK
  • Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group Established
  • Development of Korea’s first passenger diesel engine and large commercial engine
  • Development of Korea’s first fuel cell vehicle
  • Launch of Santa Fe, Avante XD
  • Official sponsor of Euro 2000 Football Championship



  • Chung Mong-Koo appointed Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company
  • Development of Korea’s first automotive fuel cell battery
  • Launch of ultra-large sedan Equus, Verna, Trajet XG



  • Acquisition of Kia Motors; completion of India plant
  • Launch of Grandeur XG, EF Sonata; development of 2nd solar-powered vehicle
  • Independent development of world-class high-performance V6 Delta engine
  • Hyundai partners with FIFA to sponsor the World Cup



  • Completion of Turkey plant; independent development Epsilon engine
  • Launch if Atoz – Hyundai’s first supermini



  • Hyundai exceeds 10 million units in cumulative production (all models combined)
  • Completion of Namyang Technical Research centre
  • Launch of Dynasty, Tiburon



  • Launch of Avante; development of concept car HCD-III



  • Hyundai exceeds 1 million units in annual production; launch of Accent
  • Development of solar-powered and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles



  • Launch of Sonata II; development of concept car HCD-II



  • Development of HCD-I, Korea’s first concept car



  • Release of the first Korean-developed Alpha engine
  • Development of hyundai’s first pure electric car
  • Production exceeds 4 million



  • Launch of Elantra and first sports car, Scoupe.  This became the first passenger car to be available with a turbo charger.
  • 3 Year Bumper to Bumper Warranty announced



  • Excel exceeds 1 million units in overseas exports



  • Launch of Sonanta, Hyundai’s mid-sized luxury saloon



  • Best sales of Excel in U.S. compact car category for the 3rd consecutive year



  • Launch of Grandeur, Hyundai’s large-sized luxury car; first export of Excel to the U.S.



  • U.S. subsidiary – Hyundai Motor America established



  • Launch of Excel
  • Pony production exceeds 500,000



  • Canadian subsidiary established



  • The first Pony goes on sale in the UK for £3,075



  • The Pony arrives in Europe



  • First exports of the Hyundai Pony to Latin America



  • The Hyundai Pony was debuted at Turin International Motor Fair and becomes the first ever Korean car



  • George Turnbull joins Hyundai from British Leyland as Vice-President and Director


  • Hyundai Motor Company opens Ulsan Plant, the world’s largest car manufacturing plant



  • Hyundai Motor Company established