Hyundai Motor Company is a car manufacturer based in South Korea. With Kia, the company comprises the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group.
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In 1947, Chung Ju-Yung founded the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company. It was not until 20 years later that the Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967.
The company's first model, the Cortina, was released in cooperation with Ford Motor Company in 1968. After relative success, by 1974 they were able to design their own model, with the help of Mitsubishi. Hyundai soon rose to first place in the Korean domestic market and quickly became the largest Korean auto maker. A status they still enjoy today.
By 1990, Hyundai was exporting over one million cars a year to 190 countries throughout the world. In 1994 they involved themselves with professional motor sports winning the Asian Pacific Rally Championship, which they retained in 1995 with an Elantra. These victories, along with a partnership with Daimler-Chrysler, heavily influenced their designs and won them praise in the International Motor Press. Although the alliance with Daimler-Chrysler ended in 2004, Hyundai continues to stay true to their motto, "pursuing happiness through cars".
Today, Hyundai is one of the largest automakers in the world. The company employs around 75,000 people, and Hyundai vehicles are sold in an incredible 193 countries.
The Hyundai i10 is city car produced by the Hyundai Motor Corporation since 2007.
The model is a 5-door hatchback that works well as a family car. It is a cheap car to buy and incredibly cheap to run, with low emissions. It also boasts a five-year unlimited mileage warranty. The i10 even looks reasonably smart with colour-coded bumpers on every model. In addition, despite being such a small car, there’s a fair amount of room inside.
The Hyundai i20 is a small family car. It has been in production since 2008.
The car makes for a good family vehicle, with space to comfortably seat four adults. Five is somewhat of a tight squeeze but can certainly be done. A big plus is the i20’s range of frugal and fun engines. The cheapest model to run will be the 1.4-litre diesel, which returns ultra-low carbon dioxide emissions and an exceptional average fuel economy figure of 64mpg.
The Hyundai ix20 is a small MPV that has been in production since 2010. The ix20 employs Hyundai's new "Fluidic Sculpture" design language, and is currently sold exclusively in Europe.
The Hyundai i30 is a medium-sized family car that is available as a 5-door hatchback or estate. The i30 is a practical model sporting an interior that’s efficient, functional and modern.
The Hyundai i30 boasts a competitive purchase price and a five-year unlimited mileage warranty. It undercuts most mainstream rivals offering terrific value for money, but resale values are unlikely to be very high.
The Hyundai ix35 is a small 4x4 that has been in production since 2004. It is currently in its second generation, as it has been since 2009.
The ix35 combines style and practicality incredibly well, making for a great family car. It is available with a range engines and transmissions. The car is a versatile one which provides a smooth drive, and is cheap to buy in comparison with similar models. Good resale values can be expected.
The Hyundai i40 is a large family car that has been on the market since 2011. It is available as a 4-door saloon and also as a 5-door estate. Three engines are available, a 1.7 L diesel as well as 1.6 L and 2.0 L GDi direct-injection petrol units. The i40 is very spacious inside and looks stylish on the outside.
The Hyundai Veloster is a medium-sized family car that has been in production since 2011. The car is a 3-door hatchback and differentiates from competitors in that it has one door on the driver side and two on the passenger side.
The car has a 6-speed transmission available in automatic and manual forms.
The Hyundai i800 is a large MPV that has space for 8 people.
The Hyundai i800 will easily cater for the family with a larger brood and is long enough to put some distance between the driver and even the noisiest offspring. It isn’t exclusively aimed at families, however, as the i800 will actually seat eight adults in comfort and has space for luggage too.
The i800 is powered by a lively 2.5-litre diesel engine which produces massive pulling power. It is equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission. The model has been in production since 1997 and has been in its second generation since 2007.
The Santa Fe is a large 4x4 produced by Hyundai since 2000, named after the Santa Fe city of New Mexico.
The car is currently in its second generation, and focuses on comfort and families. Buyers have the option of purchasing a DVD and flip down screen for rear passengers. The Santa Fe is particularly spacious and boot space can be enlarged with rear folding seats. The interior is well designed and durable. A wide range of transmissions and engines are available.