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History of Hyundai

It is a conglomerate founded by Chung Ju-Yung in Korea in 1947. The translation into Spanish of this word is "modernity". Among the companies that make Hyundai are Hyundai Motor Company, which is the fourth largest manufacturer of cars in the world. It is also the Hyundai Heavy Industries, which is the largest in the world in manufacture of heavy machinery and ships.

Beginning of Hyundai Motor Company

The history of Hyundai is marked by ups and downs, crisis, restructuring and great recoveries. It all began in 1947 when Ju-Yung founded a repair of automobiles and machinery company, business which was successful by the situation of post-war living the Korean nation then. As the Government was interested in reviving the industry, called Hyundai as a collaborator in this work of reconstruction.

The conglomerate added new production sectors and with the support of the Government Hyundai could expand their reach by opening factories and making concessions out of the country. One of these sectors was the manufacture of cars, with the creation in 1967 by Hyundai Motor Company. His first own creation (formerly was in charge of distributing Ford cars) was the Hyundai Cortina and later the Hyundai Pony, vehicle that opened their doors to the Korean and foreign market.

Crisis of Hyundai Motor Company

The 70?s were golden years for the group, leader in the industry and construction in the country. Came the 80?s and political instability deprived engagements by what were forced to cut jobs and remove investment. Even though the Hyundai Excel was elected "Best product 10" by the magazine Fortune in United States, in 1988 Hyundai recorded losses for the first time in its history.

When Chung Ju-Yung made the leap to politics in 1992 the Government took greater control over the group. Then mismanagement in some companies associated with Hyundai, were discovered in 1993 Ju-Yung regained control of the entire group again and restructured it into independent companies.

The brutal financial crisis that experienced Korea in 1997 put in check for several companies. Hyundai was also one of them, representing a high risk since she concentrated 20% of gross domestic product. Their bankruptcy would have been fatal to Korea. In 2000, Hyundai had a gigantic debt that forced to dispose of some of their signatures. A year later, its founder died.

To save the company, they decided to give everything to a vehicle. The reputation of Hyundai had dwindled and it was thought that the cars were of poor quality. So they commissioned the design of a new vehicle to Pininfarina, that of the motor to Mitsubishi and Porsche suspension and brakes. The product was the Hyundai Coupe, the first sports low-priced that became coach of the year and the most sold in the majority of countries.

Present of Hyundai Motor Company

It is currently the largest South Korean car and fifth manufacturer in the world. It is headquartered in Yangjae-Dong Prefecture in the town of Seocho-Gu in Seoul. Since a few years the situation has gone up the Hill and while it no longer has the weight of before as a group, remains stable and very respected standards of production. It was located in 2007 while Porsche and Lexus in the survey from J.D. Power quality measuring the satisfaction of customers during the first three months of use. Since the 2009 numbers are blue thanks to the good positioning of its vehicles around the world.

Today you have under its control of Hyundai Group, Hyundai Kia Automotive Group and the manufacturer of ships, Hyundai Heavy Industries and other companies.

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Hyundai Cars Reviews

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

Based on the platform and design of Sonata; Hyundai Santa Fe is a SUV vehicle of mid-size which is produced and marketed by Hyundai from 2000. Named after the city Santa Fe, situated in New Mexico, it was launched as first SUV of Hyundai released with the models of both Pontaic Aztek and Ford Escape.

Hyundai I40

Hyundai I40

The Hyundai i40 is a sedan that is being promoted as a large family car. It has been specially designed for the European market by the Hyundai the South Korean car manufacturer. It is based on the same platform of Hyundai Sonata for the US market.

Hyundai iX35

Hyundai iX35

Many markets outside the area of Korea have the name of the model as Hyundai Tuscon but soon retired for the name of Hyundai iX35. The model was unveiled at the Motor show of Frankfurt in the year 2009. Many features like comfort, power-output, safety and fuel efficiency have been upgraded.

Technical characteristics of Hyundai Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 2000 146HP (107 kW) @ 5500 rpm 9.8 l/100km
2 Hyundai Excel 1.5 GS 1986 82HP (60 kW) @ 5500 rpm 9.8 l/100km
3 Hyundai Genesis Coup? 380 GT 2008 303HP (223 kW) @ 6300 rpm 5.3 l/100km
4 Hyundai Sonata 2.4 SE 2010 203HP (149 kW) @ 6300 rpm n/a
5 Hyundai Getz 1.4 2007 97HP (71 kW) @ 6000 rpm 6.5 l/100km
6 Hyundai Solaris 1.6 2010 123HP (90 kW) @ 6300 rpm 6 l/100km
7 Hyundai Azera (US) 2005 266HP (196 kW) @ 6000 rpm 5.9 l/100km
8 Hyundai Lantra 1.8 CD 1996 126HP (93 kW) @ 6100 rpm 9.8 l/100km
9 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi VGT 4WD 2006 139HP (102 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7.1 l/100km
10 Hyundai Getz 1.5 CRDi 2007 88HP (65 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
11 Hyundai i40 2.0 2011 177HP (131 kW) @ 6500 rpm n/a
12 Hyundai Accent 1.6 GSI 2003 103HP (76 kW) @ 5800 rpm 6.9 l/100km
13 Hyundai Genesis Coup? V6 (US) 2008 310HP (228 kW) @ 6000 rpm 5.3 l/100km
14 Hyundai i10 1.1 CRDi 2007 75HP (55 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.3 l/100km
15 Hyundai Genesis V8 5.0 R-Spec 2011 435HP (320 kW) @ 6400 rpm n/a

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