Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967 and since then has grown into the world’s fifth-largest automaker. Hyundai vehicles, which range from small cars to top-end luxury sedans to commercial vehicles, are sold in 186 countries through some 5,300 dealerships. Hyundai has been selected as one of the top 100 global brands six years in a row and its cars have been recognised for their outstanding quality and performance in recent years, receiving numerous awards from the world’s most respectable organisations in the auto industry. To name a few, in January 2009, Hyundai’s Genesis sedan won the prestigious North American Car of the Year award, while for the last three years, the company’s Tau V8 engine has been named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines.Hyundai is a truly global automaker, having a total of six global production bases in the U.S., China, India, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Russia, with its Brazil plant on the way. Simultaneously, Hyundai has established state-of-the-art R&D centres in all the major geographical areas worldwide to develop models that suit the tastes and preferences of each local market.
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and respond to consumers’ increasing concerns about the environment, Hyundai is pushing ahead with the development of eco-friendly cars. The company launched the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle fuelled by liquefied petroleum gas in 2009 and then introduced its first full-speed electric vehicle in 2010. Hyundai will continue to expand its eco-friendly line-up with a gasoline / petrol hybrid in 2011 and fuel cell electric vehicles the year after.
As a leading global automaker, Hyundai is pursuing a wide range of social contribution programmes to achieve its philosophy of ‘Moving the World Together’.