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Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant in Turkey Produces 1 Millionth Vehicle
No. 19515-07-20141456 hits
  • Hyundai Motor’s manufacturing plant in Turkey hits 1 million production mark since its establishment in 1997
  • The i10 gets the millionth honor which is planned to be exported to Germany

 

July 15, 2014 – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing plant in Turkey, Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS), has produced its 1 millionth vehicle with a ceremony held at the facility, participated by company executives and workers.

After doubling the capacity last year to more than 200,000 units with an investment of $609 million, the plant has added the all-new i10 to its production line-up alongside the i20. The 1 millionth vehicle out of the line has become an i10 model, which was produced to be exported to Germany.

“The single millionth car roll-out is an important milestone of Hyundai Motor’s endeavors to the Turkish auto industry. We will continue to focus our efforts to produce world-class products to European markets.” said Won Shin Chang, Head of Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS).

Established in 1997, HAOS is the first overseas plant among Hyundai Motor’s 7 current plants outside of Korea, and is the start of the brand’s globalization program. The plant has produced vehicles for Turkish market until 2002 and exports began to closer regions with the LCV model Starex. The annual capacity was first increased to 100,000 units by 2007 and then to 200,000 units in 2013.

Now the plant is the sole manufacturing base to i10 and i20 models for Turkish and European markets, with a 3-shift operation. The plant has produced around 100,000 vehicles in the first half of 2014, where over 50% units are i10. In addition, almost 90,000 cars are exported to more than 30 countries, mainly to Europe.

The production capacity of Hyundai Motor in Europe will exceed 500,000 units together with the Czech Plant in Nosovice, and more than 90% of the vehicles sold in Europe will be provided from these two European plants.

‘Hyundai Young Player Award’ Winner Announced
No. 19414-07-20144208 hits

July 14, 2014 – FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) has announced the winner for the coveted ‘Hyundai Young Player Award’ of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Paul Pogba, 21-year-old Juventus star, earned the prestigious accolade after some remarkable performances in the French midfield during his five appearances in the tournament.
(Please refer to FIFA.com for original announcement:
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=pogba-wins-hyundai-young-player-award-2405061.html).

According to FIFA, as well as scoring a crucial headed goal against Nigeria in the Round of 16, the energetic Frenchman was an influential figure throughout Les Bleus’ Brazil 2014 venture. Alongside Yohann Cabaye and Blaise Matuidi, he consistently demonstrated his power and ball-winning skills, as well as his excellent technique, dribbling ability and great footballing brain.

With an 80% pass completion rate – including an assist against Switzerland – in 354 minutes of play, Pogba has continued where he left off at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, where his displays won him the Golden Ball award. The young midfield dynamo finishes ahead of Dutchman Memphis Depay and compatriot Raphael Varane (placed in alphabetical order).

The criteria used, apart from the fact that players had to be born on or after 1 January 1993, were as follows:

• Exceptional level of skill
• Refreshing and youthful style of play
• Creativity and inspiration
• Tactical maturity and effectiveness
• Fan recognition via impressive performances
• Role model for young footballers
• Positive attitude and advocate for fair-play

First awarded in 2006, the Hyundai Young Player Award is one of the official FIFA awards and is selected by the Technical Study Group, a FIFA-appointed group of top football coaches, former players and analysts. Those past two awards were coincidentally both handed out to German players (Lukas Podolski in 2006 and Thomas Muller in 2010).

Fans further enjoyed it by participating in the ‘Hyundai Young Player Predictor,’ on FIFA.com website, and 30 lucky winners among those who chose Paul Pogba, will receive special prizes.

Since Hyundai Motor signed the agreement in 1999 to sponsor FIFA competitions including the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, the company has successfully served as the official partner of 2002, 2006, 2010 FIFA World Cups™ as well as many other FIFA tournaments. In 2010, the company extended its strategic sponsorship agreement with FIFA to cover the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™. Through its successful sponsorship of international football, Hyundai Motor has significantly boosted brand awareness and brand image.

Hyundai Motor Helps Worldwide Football Fans Share the Excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
No. 19314-07-20143021 hits
  • With participation from more than 720,000 fans, photos of ‘Pin My Fan Park’ winners displayed during the final match
  • Over 5 million football fans join Hyundai Fan Parks in five cities
  • Hyundai Motor’s innovative programs contribute to making the World Cup a festival for all over the world

 

July 14, 2014 – Hyundai Motor Company, Official Partner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, made this year’s FIFA World Cup one of the most ‘social’ tournaments ever, as it continuously brought football fans together to celebrate the games and goals from Brazil. Under the concept of ‘Social World Cup,’ Hyundai Motor focused on developing programs that greater numbers of fans could actively participate in wherever they are.

As one of the results, more than 720,000 worldwide football fans shared their own ‘Fan Parks’ with others throughout the tournament by posting texts, music playlists, photos and videos through the ‘Pin My Fan Park’ program. The program’s viral film has also been viewed over 12.69 million times on YouTube, showing its huge popularity.

Visitors were able to see every Fan Park, taking place all over the world, at one glance, from the pins marked on the worldwide map, and vote for their favorite ones. The most-voted Fan Parks by the site’s visitors were awarded with various prizes, including a Hyundai Veloster, TV and tablet PC. In particular, four winners had a memorable chance to have their photos displayed on the stadium’s boards during the final match, with the message “Thank You Fans.”

While more than 7.5 million fans paid visit to the company’s dedicated World Cup website during the event, around 460,000 among them participated in Hyundai Motor’s unique and exciting on-line programs, including ‘Shoot & Save’ and ‘Octopus Prediction.’

Hyundai Motor’s traditional programs continued its success as well. As is tradition at major tournaments, Hyundai Motor hosted enthusiastic football supporters at its hugely-popular off-line Hyundai Fan Parks, venues where fans can cheer for their teams with friends and family while watching the matches live on large screens.

For this year, Hyundai Fan Parks were hosted at five major cities – Berlin (Germany), Madrid (Spain), Torino (Italy), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Sydney (Australia) – and over 5 million football lovers experienced the exciting atmosphere of the month-long tournament.

In addition, Hyundai Motor successfully operated FIFA-exclusive programs such as ‘Be There With Hyundai.’ The event attracted nearly one million votes from worldwide football fans to choose the winning slogans displayed on the national team buses, boosting the excitement leading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

The company also delivered 1,021 sedans and vans for the ground transportation of the world’s biggest sporting event in Brazil to ensure its smooth operation, transporting FIFA officials, national teams, members of the organizing committee, referees and media representatives throughout the tournament. Separately, Hyundai Motor has also offered test drive opportunities to customers in 56 countries during the period.

‘Hyundai Young Player Award’ Shortlist Announced
No. 19211-07-20145135 hits

July 11, 2014 – With only two more spectacular matches left, FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) today announced the three final nominees for the ‘Hyundai Young Player Award’ of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. While this year’s award is open to all participating players who were born on or after 1 January 1993, the final winner will be selected by the FIFA TSG and announced on FIFA.com after the final match.

Nominees for the Hyundai Young Player Award at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™: (in alphabetical order)

• Memphis Depay (Netherlands)
• Paul Pogba (France)
• Raphaël Varane (France)

All three of the young players shortlisted today have demonstrated exceptional skills during the tournament as well as youthful and refreshing playing styles combined with tactical maturity. More specifically, the following criteria were considered by FIFA TSG to finalize the shortlist.

• Exceptional skill level
• Youthful and refreshing playing style
• Creativity and inspiration
• Tactical maturity and efficiency
• Fan recognition through entertaining performances
• Role model for young players
• Positive attitude and fair play

The emergence of young footballing talent on the world stage is one of the joys of any FIFA World Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is no exception. These burgeoning young stars may have been relatively unknown before the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, but there is little doubt that the three nominated for the prestigious Hyundai Young Player Award shortlist can become household names for many years to come.

First awarded in 2006, the Hyundai Young Player Award is one of the official FIFA awards and is selected by the Technical Study Group, a FIFA-appointed group of top football coaches, former players and analysts. Those past two awards were coincidentally both handed out to German players (Lukas Podolski in 2006 and Thomas Muller in 2010).

Fans can further enjoy it by participating in the ‘Hyundai Young Player Predictor,’ which opens today, on FIFA.com website (http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/games/predict-best-young-player/index.html). Participants need to make their prediction before the final whistle on 13 July, and 30 lucky winners among those who predict correctly, will be chosen to receive prizes.

Since Hyundai Motor signed the agreement in 1999 to sponsor FIFA competitions including the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, the company has successfully served as the official partner of 2002, 2006, 2010 FIFA World Cups™ as well as many other FIFA tournaments. In 2010, the company extended its strategic sponsorship agreement with FIFA to cover the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™. Through its successful sponsorship of international football, Hyundai Motor has significantly boosted brand awareness and brand image.

Hyundai Shell World Rally Team Announces Driver Line-up for Rallye Deutschland
No. 19107-07-20145650 hits
  • Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will continue its three-car entry for Rallye Deutschland, round nine of 2014 season
  • Spaniard Dani Sordo rejoins the team for his fourth WRC round with the team in 2014, competing in the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC with co-driver Marc Martí
  • Frenchman Bryan Bouffier will contest his first WRC event of the year as a Hyundai Motorsport driver, piloting the #20 car with co-driver Xavier Panseri.

 

July 7, 2014 – The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has announced that Dani Sordo and Bryan Bouffier will join its lead driver Thierry Neuville as part of the team’s line-up for Rallye Deutschland at the end of August.

Neuville will once again spearhead the team’s entry in the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC car, co-driven by Nicolas Gilsoul. Spaniard Dani Sordo will return to the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC alongside his co-driver Marc Martí for his fourth FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event of 2014 at the asphalt event which he won last season.

Bouffier will join Hyundai Shell World Rally Team for his first WRC event in the Hyundai i20 WRC alongside his co-driver Xavier Panseri. The Frenchman, who has been test driver for the team so far this season, will drive the #20 car in Germany and will compete under the Hyundai Motorsport N banner. He recently claimed the first rally win for the Hyundai i20 WRC, taking victory in Rallye Antibes with the team.

The line-up of Neuville, Sordo and Bouffier will maintain the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team’s three car approach for the third consecutive event as the team continues to develop its car in its maiden season in WRC.

Bouffier said: “I am delighted to be taking part in Rallye Deutschland with the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team. They have made impressive progress since testing last year and I have been honoured to be part of the journey. Having tested the Hyundai i20 WRC since last year, I am excited to make my WRC debut with the team in Germany. We have worked hard to develop the car in testing but nothing beats the thrill of a World Rally event! To be part of the three-car line-up for Germany alongside Thierry and Dani is a real privilege. I will do all I can to contribute to the ongoing development of the car in a competitive rally environment as we enter the second half of the year.”

Team Principal Michel Nandan: “Bryan has been an integral part of the Hyundai Motorsport journey. It was around one year ago that he joined us for the first time as a test driver and we have been fortunate to have him test with us again this season. He knows a lot about the Hyundai i20 WRC and about our team, so he will be a very welcome addition to our driver line-up for Germany along with Thierry and Dani. We are pleased to have Dani back in the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC at Rallye Deutschland for his fourth event with us in 2014 – this time on tarmac. This event will give us a useful opportunity to assess the performance potential of the Hyundai i20 WRC on asphalt and we feel we have the ideal driver line-up to do that in Germany.”

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