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2015

  • Unveiling of Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
  • Established Hyundai Motorstudio Moscow
  • Participation of i20 in the WRC, achieving 2nd place in the Rally Sweden
  • Launch of Sonata Turbo
  • Launch of All-new Tucson

2014

  • All-new Genesis wins the 2014 iF Design Award
  • All-new Genesis and i10 win the Red Dot Design Award
  • Unveiling of HED-9 Intrado at the Geneva International Motor Show
  • Launch of the All-new Sonata
  • All-new Genesis wins the highest safety score in NHTSA history
  • Established Hyundai Motorstudio Seoul
  • Official sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
  • Cumulative production by HAOS surpasses 1 million units
  • Participation of i20 in the WRC, achieving 1st place in Rally Deutschland
  • Unveiling of new i20 for Europe
  • Official sponsor of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games
  • Selected as one of the top 40 Global Brands
  • Cumulative global sales of Avante (Elantra) surpass 10 million units
  • Genesis ranked highest in the Residual Value Awards in the U.S.
  • i20 awarded ‘Indian Car of the Year’
  • Launch of new Sonata Hybrid
  • Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell engine named ‘10 Best Engines Winners’ by Ward’s Auto

2013

  • World Rally Championship (WRC) Team launched
  • Launch of Grandeur Hybrid
  • No.2 in Autobild’s (Germany) 2013 Quality Satisfaction Report
  • i10 awarded Indian Car of the Year 2014
  • Beijing Hyundai sales in China surpass 1 million units / year
  • Launch of All-new Genesis
  • Two Hyundai models ranked highest in the Residual Value Awards in the U.S.
  • Ranked Most Valuable Car Brand in the U.S.
  • Launch of New i20 at the International Automobile Ausstellung
  • ix35 (Tucson) fuel cell electric vehicles supplied to the City of Copenhagen
  • Hyundai’s Centennial named Best Luxury Full-Sized Car for 2 years in a row
  • Genesis ranked No.1 in Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (Auto Pacific) - Aspirational Luxury Car in the U.S.
  • Launch of MISTRA at the 2013 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition
  • Sonata ranked Most Dependable Midsize Car in the U.S.
  • World’s 1st mass production of ix35 (Tucson) fuel cell electric vehicles
  • Santa Fe selected as the 2013 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year
  • Unveiling of HCD-14, premium sports sedan concept car at the North American International Auto Show
  • Unveiling of HND-6, next generation smart car concept car at the CES
  • Named No.1 brand and No.1 car in 4 vehicle categories (Equus, Genesis Coupe, etc.)
    in Strategic Vision’s Total Value Awards
  • Launch of Maxcruz
  • Cumulative sales in the U.S. surpass 8 million units
  • Launch of Hyundai Motorsport
  • Unveiling of electronically controlled AWD HTRAC
  • Cumulative production by HMI surpass 5 million units

2012

  • Avante (Elantra) awarded ‘North American Car of the Year’
  • Launch of New Santa Fe, i40 Saloon, and Veloster Turbo
  • No.53 in Global Brand Value
  • Established the Brazil plant
  • Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell supplied to Europe
  • Unveiling of the i-oniq electric concept car
  • Grandeur (Azera), Avante (Elantra), Santa Fe awarded ‘the ALGR esidual Value Award’
  • Grandeur (Azera), Santa Fe, Veloster win a Good Design™ Award
  • Official sponsor of the UEFA Euro 2012 2013
  • World’s 1st mass production of Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell
  • Launch of Maxcruz
  • Cumulative sales in the U.S. surpass 8 million units
  • Launch of Hyundai Motorsport
  • Unveiling of new i10
  • Selected as one of top 50 Global Brands
  • Cumulative sales of Sonata in Korea surpass 3 million units
  • Unveiling of electronically controlled AWD HTRAC
  • Cumulative production by HMI surpass 5 million units
  • Launch of All-new Genesis
  • World Rally Championship (WRC) Team launched
  • Beijing Hyundai annual sales in China surpass 1 million units
  • Unveiling of CUV HB20X
  • Sonata Hybrid tops AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the U.S.
  • Chairman Mong-Koo Chung named 2011 Top Manager in the World by Italy's Inter Auto News
  • Named the most fuel efficient and least CO2 emitting brand by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sonata named Top Picks in the medium-size car segment by Consumer Reports
  • Solaris (Accent) awarded Best Auto and Car of the Year in Russia
  • Genesis tops J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) in the premium car segment in the U.S.
  • No.1 in J.D. Power’s Customer Retention Study

2011

  • Blue Link introduced at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the U.S.
  • Launch of Veloster and the HCD-12 concept car at the North American International Auto Show
  • Cumulative sales by HMI surpass 3 million units
  • Unveiling of the new brand direction and slogan "New Thinking. New Possibilities."
  • Launch of the 5th generation Grandeur (Azera) and Veloster
  • Launch of Sonata Hybrid
  • First official car partner of the International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2011 to 2015
  • Launch of i40 wagon
  • ix20 awarded Euro NCAP's highest five-star rating
  • Unveiling of the D-segment i40 sedan at the Barcelona International Motor Show
  • Launch of Genesis Prada limited edition
  • No.61 in Global Brand Value
  • Cumulative sales in Europe surpass 5 million units
  • No.11 in Interbrand’s 50 Best Global Green Brands
  • Launch of EON by the Indian subsidiary HMI
  • i40 awarded the EuroCarBody Golden Award
  • Cumulative exports to Central and South America surpass 2 million units
  • Unveiling of Genesis Coupe
  • Top position in Autobild’s Quality Report for the 2nd consecutive year
  • Gamma engine named 10 Best Engines Winners by Ward's Auto

2010

  • Unveiling of the HED-VII hybrid concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show
  • No.1 in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) for 3 consecutive years and in the Initial Quality Study (IQS) for sub-compact cars
  • Launch of Sonata Hybrid at the New York International Auto Show
  • Genesis and Tucson named No.1 in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
  • Sonata awarded the highest safety ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency in the U.S.
  • Cumulative sales of Sonata surpass 5 million units
  • Official sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
  • Chairman Mong-Koo Chung selected as the Top Automotive Industry CEO in Asia
  • Launch of the eco-friendly electric car BlueOn
  • Cumulative sales by HMI surpass 3 million units
  • Established the Russia plant
  • Launch of ix20 small minivan at the Paris Motor Show
  • Unveiling of the independently-developed Nu·Tau GDi engines and RWD 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Official car sponsor of the G20 Summit
  • Tau engine named 10 Best Engines Winners by Ward’s Auto for a 3rd consecutive year
  • Annual sales in the U.S. surpass 500,000 units
  • Tucson fuel cell electric vehicle developed

2009

  • Genesis named ‘North American Car of the Year’
  • Main sponsor of the U.S. Super Bowl
  • Cumulative exports to Africa surpass 1 million units
  • No.69 in Global Brand Value
  • Established the Czech plant
  • Established Hyundai Motor India Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
  • Developed next-generation high performance Theta GDi
  • Sales of Santa Fe surpass 2 million units
  • Tau engine named ‘10 Best Engines Winners’ by Ward’s Auto for 2 consecutive years 2010
  • Cumulative sales of Sonata surpass 5 million units
  • Official sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
  • Cumulative sales by HMI surpass 3 million units
  • Established the Russia plant
  • Launch of the eco-friendly electric car BlueOn
  • Unveiling of the independently-developed Nu·Tau GDi engines and RWD 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Annual sales in the U.S. surpass 500,000 units
  • Tucson (ix35) Fuel Cell developed 2011
  • Blue Link introduced at the 2011 CES in the U.S.
  • Unveiling of the new brand direction and slogan ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities.’
  • Launch of the 5th generation Grandeur (Azera) and Veloster
  • Launch of Sonata Hybrid
  • Launch of Genesis Prada limited edition
  • Launch of i40 wagon
  • Cumulative exports to Central and South America surpass 2 million units
  • Gamma engine named ‘10 Best Engines Winners’ by Ward’s Auto
  • Unveiling of i20 3-door and the ix-onic concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show
  • Best automotive company in China’s warranty service satisfaction survey
  • Hyundai ranks No.1 of J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study (IQS)
  • Elantra (Avante) named No.1compact car in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Launch Index
  • Genesis ranked No.1 in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Launch Index
  • Unveiling of ix-Metro and ix35 at the International Automobile Ausstellung
  • Presidential Prize at the 2009 Korean Technology Awards

2008

  • Launch of Genesis
  • Established the 2nd plant in India
  • Beijing Hyundai hits 1 million vehicles production milestone
  • Established 2nd plant in Beijing
  • Sales of Avante (Elantra) surpass 5 million units
  • Launch of European strategic model i20
  • Developed next-generation clean diesel R-engine
  • Launched Blue Drive brand for green models
  • Tau engine named ‘10 Best Engines Winners’ by Ward’s Auto
  • Developed front-wheel 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Unveiling of the eco-friendly concept car i-Mode at the Geneva International Motor Show
  • Official sponsor of UEFA Euro 2008

2007

  • Launch of European strategic model i30
  • Cumulative sales in the U.S. surpass 5 million units
  • Unveiling of the 3rd generation fuel cell concept car i-Blue
  • Developed F, G, H diesel engines for commercial vehicle
  • Launch of the next-generation compact car i10 by HMI
  • Verna awarded Best Car of the Year by India’s Overdrive magazine
  • Unveiling of the HED-IV (QarmaQ) concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show
  • Unveiling of the HND-III (Veloster) concept car at the Seoul Motor Show
  • Azera (Grandeur) ranks No.1 in J.D. Power’s Customer Satisfaction Survey for a 2nd consecutive year
  • Inauguration of the Brazilian CKD plant
  • i30 selected as Australia’s Car of the Year and Green Car of the Year

2001~2006

2006

  • Developed Gamma engine
  • No.1 Non-Premium Nameplate in J.D. Power’s IQS
  • Launch of new Avante (Elantra)
  • Exports to South America surpass 1 million units
  • Developed V6 diesel S engine
  • Established new Hyundai Motor Europe building
  • Annual sales surpass KRW 1 trillion
  • Total production reaches No. 6 in the world
  • Unveiling of the Hellion, Arnejs, Genus and Talus concept cars
  • Selected as Interbrand’s 100 Best Global Brands for a 2nd consecutive year
  • Official sponsor of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany

2005

  • Established the U.S. proving ground
  • Exports to Africa and the Middle East surpass 1 million units
  • Established the Alabama plant
  • Developed clean Mu V6 engine
  • Debut in Interbrand’s 100 Best Global Brands
  • Established Environmental Technology Research Center
  • Established Hyundai America Technical Center
  • Established Eco-Friendly Vehicle Recycling Center
  • Click is selected as India’s Best Car of 2005
  • Unveiling of New Grandeur and HED-1 at the Geneva International Motor Show
  • Official partner of FIFA from 2007 to 2014
  • Chairman Mong-Koo Chung named Top Automotive CEO in Asia by Automotive

2004

  • Launch of Hyundai Motor’s first compact SUV, Tucson (ix35)
  • Production of Delta engine surpasses 1 million units
  • Sonata placed first in J.D. Power’s IQS
  • Cumulative exports surpass 10 million units
  • Developed Theta engine and Lambda engine
  • Official sponsor of the UEFA Euro 2004
  • Joint venture plant for commercial vehicles in China established
  • Chairman Mong-Koo Chung named as the Best CEO of 2004 by Business Week

2003

  • Established the California Design & Technical Center
  • Production of Avante (Elantra) surpasses 2 million units
  • Proclaimed Global Environmental Management
  • Established the Europe Technical Center
  • Established the Namyang Design Center
  • Annual exports surpass 1 million units
  • The world’s first ultra high pressure hydrogen storage system for fuel cell electric vehicles developed

2002

  • Cumulative production at Asan plant surpasses 1 million units
  • Production of Sonata begins in China
  • Launch of Chinese-made Elantra
  • Sonata receives J.D. Power's APEAL Award
  • Inauguration of the California Design & Technical Center
  • Official sponsor of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea /Japan
  • Unveiling of the HCD - 7 concept car at the Chicago Auto Show

2001

  • Production of Beta engine surpasses 1 million units
  • Unveiling of Korea’s first fuel cell electric vehicle Santa Fe
  • Established Hyundai European Design Center
  • Launch of Tuscani (Hyundai's sports coupe), Terracan, and Lavita
  • Santa Fe ranked No.1 in U.S. customer satisfaction survey
  • HMA receives J.D. Power’s Chairman's Award
  • Unveiling of the HCD - VI concept car at the Chicago Auto Show

1967~2000

2000

  • Launch of Santa Fe and Avante (Elantra)
  • Developed Korea’s first passenger diesel engine and large commercial engine
  • Debut of the four mid and large-sized Bus models
  • Korea’s first fuel cell electric vehicle Santa Fe developed
  • Official sponsor of the UEFA Euro 2000

1999

  • Launch of Equus (Centennial : Hyundai Motor’s ultra large-sized sedan), Verna, and Trajet XG
  • Developed Korea’s first automotive fuel cell battery

1998

  • Independently developed world-class, high performance V6 Delta engine
  • Launch of Grandeur (Azera) and Sonata
  • Established India plant
  • 2nd solar-powered vehicle developed
  • Acquisition of Kia Motors

1997

  • Independently developed Epsilon engine
  • Established the Turkey plant and Asan plant

1996

  • Cumulative production surpasses 10 million units
  • Inauguration of the Namyang Technology Research Center
  • Launch of Dynasty and Tiburon

1995

  • Launch of Avante (Elantra)
  • Completion of Jeonju commercial vehicle manufacturing plant
  • Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) opens

1994

  • Annual production surpasses 1 million units
  • Launch of Accent
  • Solar-powered and fuel cell electric vehicles developed

1993

  • Launch of Sonata II
  • Unveiling of the HCD-II concept car

1992

  • Unveiling of HCD-I, Korea’s first concept car
  • Cumulative production surpasses 5 million units

1991

  • Developed Alpha engine, the first engine created in Korea
  • Launch of Galloper
  • Developed Sonata EV

1990

  • Launch of Elantra and Scoupe

1989

  • Overseas exports of Excel surpass 1 million units

1988

  • Launch of Sonata, Hyundai Motor’s mid-sized luxury sedan

1987

  • Excel is the best selling imported compact car in the U.S. for 3 consecutive years

1986

  • Exports of Excel to the U.S. begin
  • Launch of Grandeur (Azera), Hyundai Motor’s large-sized luxury car

1985

  • Launch of Pony Excel
  • Incorporation of the U.S. subsidiary HMA
  • Launch of 1st generation Sonata

1983

  • Incorporation of the Canadian subsidiary HMC

1976

  • Launch of Hyundai Pony, the first Korean passenger car
  • First export of Hyundai Pony to Ecuador

1968

  • Completion of Ulsan assembly plant
  • Mass production of Cortina begins

1967

  • Incorporation of Hyundai Motor Company