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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 Equus

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus, a large luxury car that is named after a Latin horse is a flagship model of Hyundai that is also called Hyundai's hundredth vehicle in Middle East nations. It is known to be one of the most luxurious and costly car from Hyundai.

Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Veloster

A three door compact sports hatchback, the vehicle Hyundai Veloster was produced by Hyundai in the year 2011 March 10 and was released in late 2011 in America. It is Hyundai’s first car which has been especially designed to cater to the needs of young drivers and thus also known as Youth Lab Sub-Brand.

Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30

The Hyundai Motor Company introduced the Hyundai i30 in 2007 as the small family car. It ahs the same platform as the Kia cee’d. It is available as a both five door hatchback and station wagon. There is also a choice of either three petrol or two diesel engines and either a manual or automatic transmissions.

Technical characteristics of Hyundai Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Hyundai Accent 1.3 LSi 1994 141HP (104 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.8 l/100km
2 Hyundai Getz 1.6 2007 106HP (78 kW) @ 5800 rpm 6.1 l/100km
3 Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 CRDi Automatic 2011 115HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm n/a
4 Hyundai Coup? 2.0 Automatic 2005 143HP (105 kW) @ 6000 rpm 8.5 l/100km
5 Hyundai ix20 1.4 CRDi Blue 2010 90HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.3 l/100km
6 Hyundai i20 1.6i Automatic 2009 126HP (93 kW) @ 6300 rpm 6.5 l/100km
7 Hyundai ix20 1.4 CRDi 2010 90HP (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
8 Hyundai i40 Tourer 2.0 Automatic 2011 177HP (131 kW) @ 6500 rpm n/a
9 Hyundai Equus JS 380 2008 266HP (195 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
10 Hyundai Getz 1.6 Sport 2002 105HP (77 kW) @ 5800 rpm 6.5 l/100km
11 Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 CRDi 2011 136HP (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm n/a
12 Hyundai Sonata V6 2009 253HP (186 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
13 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1996 131HP (96 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.8 l/100km
14 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 2006 140HP (103 kW) @ 6000 rpm 8 l/100km
15 Hyundai Getz 1.1 2007 67HP (49 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5.5 l/100km

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