Hyundai Motor UK’s multi-award-winning fleet team gains new director
Michael Stewart brings significant automotive and fleet-sector experience
Hyundai UK’s strong fleet performance set to build on solid growth
High Wycombe, 2 January 2018 – Hyundai Motor has appointed a new Fleet Director – Michael Stewart – to oversee the brand’s strategy and direction in the UK’s competitive fleet and business sector. Mr Stewart will lead the multi-award-winning Hyundai UK Fleet department and is tasked with further growing the brand’s influence in the business and company car market.
Mr Stewart boasts more than 17 years of automotive and fleet experience and has contributed to the success of several automotive businesses during his career, including Nissan, Mazda, and Vauxhall. He brings additional strategic and operational strengths to the Hyundai UK senior team with particular capabilities in leasing, dealer fleet and Motability.
Hyundai UK’s fleet team has performed strongly in recent years – fuelled by a spectrum of business-focused models and one of the most comprehensive fleet aftersales services in the industry. From the highly-acclaimed i10 city car to the BIK-friendly IONIQ range, Hyundai UK has a robust fleet offering that has seen it regularly outperform the UK fleet market.
Michael Stewart said, “I’m delighted to be joining Hyundai Motor UK at such an exciting time for the brand. Hyundai is a Company with an already strong product line-up which is perfectly suited for the changing fleet market and there is a great deal more to come. It is also highly-regarded in the UK fleet market not just for its products but also for the standard of the services it offers its fleet customers - and it has the awards to prove it! I am looking forward to further enhancing the brand’s business offering and reputation in the sector.”
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said, “Michael Stewart’s appointment is an important one for Hyundai UK as we work on growing our market share, building on the reputation we’ve earned from fleet operators large and small. 2018 will see comprehensive updates to key vehicles, alongside all-new model introductions, so now is a crucial time to retain existing business customers and grow our influence further.”
2018 marks the first full year of sales of the IONIQ range and will see some enhancements made to many of the Company’s firm fleet favourites. In addition, the new i30 Fastback and i30 N will complete the popular i30 range and further bolster the Hyundai’s business offering. KONA Electric and an all-new Fuel Cell vehicle will also be introduced to enhance Hyundai’s alternative fuel range.
Hyundai Motor has substantially improved its position in the Fleet sector in recent years, with product and technology innovations, process improvements, and a high level of customer service central to its success. Accolades in 2017 include the ‘Green Manufacturer of the Year’ title at the Fleet News Awards; the ‘Best SME Aftersales Programme’ award from Business Car Manager; ‘Best Green Car’ and ‘Green Car of the Year’ for the IONIQ, from BusinessCar and Professional Driverrespectively; and the ‘Best City Car’ award for the i10 in the Fleet World Honours.
About Hyundai Motor
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centers worldwide and in 2016 sold 4.86 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.
About Hyundai Motor UK
Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, based in High Wycombe. Since 2008, the company has risen from 21st to one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK and last year sold a record 92,510 vehicles. Hyundai Motor UK employs more than 3,000 people through its UK operations and dealer network. Hyundai offers a full range of vehicles from the award-winning New Generation i10 city car through to the capable Santa Fe SUV and iLoad LCV. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at www.hyundai.co.uk.
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