A former President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada once remarked "perhaps not the company you thought we were?" and he could not be more accurate. The early days of the Cortina, Pony and Excel are long gone - it's almost as if they were produced by a different manufacturer altogether than the one behind today's sexy lineup of Sonatas, Genesis, Elantras and Santa Fes.

So what is the magic behind Hyundai's rise to becoming one of the world's largest manufacturers in such a short period of time? How is Hyundai's philosophy and vision driving innovation and production?

Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967 by brothers Chung Ju-yung and Se-yung in Seoul, Korea. Its iconic "H" symbolizes the shaking of hands between the customer and the company. Dedicated to innovation and the discovery of new possibilities, Hyundai is literally true to its name, which in Korean means "modernity."

Hyundai's philosophy is to realize the dream of mankind by creating a new future through ingenious thinking and continuously challenging new frontiers. In practical terms, Hyundai is methodically re-examining the entire concept of the automobile from simply a means of transport, to:
  • a space that connects people and places,
  • an experience driven by ultimate customer service, and
  • a technology that maximizes environmental sustainability and connectivity with customers.

A collaboration with Ford Motor Company on the Cortina marked Hyundai's debut in the global auto industry. A few years later in 1975, Hyundai launched its first independently produced vehicle, the Pony Sedan; the Excel followed soon after in 1986. After facing a number of obstacles to its growth and other challenges, Hyundai underwent a major re-branding in the 1990s, which included a majority investment in Kia Motors, and led to a turnaround that has shaped what is today one of the world's largest and progressive auto manufacturers.

As part of its re-branding efforts, Hyundai began heavily investing resources into research and development of their vehicles to improve quality, design and performance. A new assembly plant was established in Montgomery, Alabama, and a Design Center in Irvine, California during the early 2000s. In 2009, Hyundai began work on a new design language it calls Fluidic Sculpture. Unveiled at the Milan Design Week in 2013, the language draws inspiration from cues in nature on design and functionality and infuses these elements into its vehicle concepts. 
Integral to Hyundai's recent evolution has also been its attention to developing eco-friendly vehicles. Hyundai understands the impact of fossil fuels and the importance of preserving the environment, and has taken steps towards creating processes that promote sustainability. The Blue Drive initiative was launched with the vision of making environmental efficiency more affordable. Along with Blue Drive, Hyundai is developing for its customers an array of eco-friendly alternatives, including: fuel cell, hybrid and electric vehicles.

Hyundai's efforts have not gone unnoticed; its vehicles have won numerous prestigious awards from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Insurnace Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and more. 

Through its emergence into the spotlight, Hyundai is quickly gaining popularity among automotive companies in Canada, and why you should consider a Hyundai when you purchase your new vehicle.
Recent Awards:

2015 Genesis - Top Safety Pick+ - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

2015 Genesis - AJAC Winner for Best New Luxury Car (over $50,000)

2014 Sonata - AJAC Winner for Best New Family Car (over $30,000)

2014 Santa Fe - 2014 Top Pick, SUV/Crossover Category -

2014 Elantra - Top Safety Pick - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

2014 Elantra - 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

2014 Elantra GT - 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

2014 Santa Fe Sport - 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

2014 Sonata - 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

2014 Sonata Hybrid - 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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