A Brief History of Hyundai
Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967 by South Korean entrepreneur Chung Ju-Yung. In 1968, the company released its first vehicle, the Cortina, in collaboration with Ford Motor Company. When Hyundai wanted to make their own car, they hired several British car engineers to help them accomplish this goal. In 1975, the Pony the first South Korean car, was released. Exports began in the following year to Ecuador and soon thereafter to the Benelux countries. Hyundai entered the British market in 1982, selling nearly 3,000 cars in their first year there. In 1984, Hyundai began exporting to Canada, and sold like hot cakes. At one point, the Pony was the top-selling car in the Canadian market. In 1985, the one millionth Hyundai car was built.
In 1986, Hyundai started selling cars in the United States, debuting with the Excel, which was nominated as one of the best products by Fortune magazine, primarily because of its affordability. Hyundai started making vehicles with their own technology in 1988, starting with the midsize Sonata. In spring 1990, Hyundai had produced four million vehicles. In 2004, Hyundai was ranked second in “initial quality” by J.D. Power and Associates. Hyundai is now one of the 100 most valued brands worldwide.
Today, Hyundai operates the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing strategy. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries throughout the world and has over 5,000 dealerships and showrooms. Here is a list of Hyundai’s most popular models today:
- Hyundai Elantra
A subcompact car, the Hyundai Elantra is known for its dependability and plenty of cargo space.
- Hyundai Sonata
Hyundia’s mid-size sedan that has been through eight generations since 1985. Today’s Sonata has 38 mpg and comes with collision-avoidance assist.
- Hyundai Accent
The Hyundai Accent is a subcompact car that was named J.D. Power and Associates’ most dependable subcompact car in 2008.
- Hyundai Tucson
The Tucson proves that Hyundai knows exactly what SUV owners want. The Hyundai Tucson, named after the city in Arizona, is known for its handsome exterior, agreeable driving demeanor, and dashboard design.
- Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai’s first SUV that was released in 2002. The Santa Fe, named after the city in New Mexico, was a hit among American drivers and quickly became Hyundai’s best seller.
- Hyundai Genesis
An executive four-door, five passenger luxury sedan. The car became so popular that Hyundai branched Genesis into its own company, Genesis Motor.
Your Trusted Shop for Hyundai Repair
When your Hyundai needs repairs, you can bring your car to Clintonville Automotive Repair Service in Columbus. Our highly trained mechanics receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services, and will offer you dealer quality knowledge and experience without dealership pricing. Your car will go through an inspection and safety check, and all needed repairs will be thoroughly explained for your approval. We will never recommend repairs that aren’t absolutely necessary. So why not give us a try? If you are in Columbus or surrounding areas, schedule an appointment at Clintonville Automotive Repair Service today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 614-300-2995.