‘Hyundai’ means contemporary, modern. The production of cars is only one part of this Korean company, which is active in all kinds of industries. Hyundai started as a small construction company, in 1967 Hyundai Motor Co. was founded and in the early 1970s Hyundai Heavy Industries was founded, which, among other things, builds ships.
Hyundai Kia Automotive Group
Hyundai Motor Company, together with Kia, forms the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. The first Hyundai car was the Cortina. Right, Ford was involved in that. In 1975 Hyundai presented the Pony, for which it had hired top executives from the British car industry. The body was a Giugiaro design and Mitsubishi engineering. The Netherlands was one of the first countries where Hyundai was imported.
Since the turn of the century, Hyundai has been working very hard on its image and that is clearly successful. Hyundai now has seven research & development centers, including in Germany and California.