Hyundai History

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The history of the formidable Hyundai automaker is as expansive as it is interesting. The Hyundai Motor Company began in 1967 in South Korea, but its start was different from its current auto offerings. Hyundai was first known as a construction company in 1947. Its founder, Chung Ju-yung diversified the company, taking on vehicle making and growing the brand that’s recognized around the world.

How Hyundai Expanded Upon Their Growth

When Hyundai’s founder decided to grow the brand to include vehicles, it was with the help of the Ford Motor Company that they released their first vehicle, the Cortina. They went on to develop their very own car, the Pony, which took Korea and some of Europe and Ecuador by storm. From there, they took advantage of expanding into Canada by exporting the Pony car and were taken by surprise at its popularity.

Hyundai didn’t start making vehicles for the U.S, until 1986, but once they started, they quickly grew to become the one of the largest automakers in the world. They released their wildly popular Sonata in 1988, and from that point they started opening manufacturing plants around the globe in locations like Chennai, India.

Some other interesting things to come out of Hyundai’s history are:

  • 1999: The new Santa Fe SUV debuts at the Detroit Motor Show and becomes a best-seller within its class.
  • 2006: J.D. Power and Associates rank Hyundai slightly behind Porsche and Lexus in total vehicle quality.
  • 2010: Consumer Reports notes that Hyundai Motor Company is the fourth-best automaker globally.
  • 2012: The Hyundai Elantra receives honors as North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show.
  • 2018:The new Hyundai Kona compact SUV wins the Silver Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

The list of accomplishments doesn’t stop there. Hyundai continues to offer distinction amongst other automobile makers with its lineup and superior technological advancements in vehicle manufacturing. Explore the difference for yourself when you stop by our showroom in Oak Lawn.

Try a Hyundai for Yourself at Oak Lawn Happy Hyundai

If you’re driving in nearby Tinley Park or Orland Park, you’ll want to stop by Oak Lawn Happy Hyundai to test drive one of the many spectacular Hyundai vehicles we have available. If you’re ready to start your vehicle buying journey, take a look at our vehicle specials and apply for financing. You’ll get one step closer to the Hyundai distinction with the help of Oak Lawn Happy Hyundai.

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