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31 production models

32 discontinued models

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Hyundai is a self-grown South Korean brand of automobiles established in the 1960's. Presently part of the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, the motor company has registered a steady growth over the past few decades, having successfully entered European and American markets. The assembly lines operated by the company were built to match its size, the manufacturing facility in Ulsan being able to produce 1.6 million units per year.

Founded by Chung Ju Yung, born into a poor family of farmers, the Hyundai Motor Company became the first Korean car producer. The grounds for founding a car company could not have been more welcoming since post-war years in Korea brought forth a series of  odd politics one of which stated that automobile imports were better than having a Korean car brand.

Yung was quick to fill the void, having raised enough capital for the investment from his  very profitable construction business, opened  in 1947. One year after its birth, the Hyundai Motor Company signed a technology-share agreement with Ford in 1968. Soon after Hyundai's access to Ford's resources, the first Hyundai car was developed: the Cortina. This model was quickly followed by the release of the Pony, Hyundai's first entirely Korean designed and built model. Its blueprints however, were not all-Korean, the company having used Japanese technology from Mitsubishi to develop the car.

Japanese constructors at the time had already developed wide range of models, many of which were  exported worldwide, mainly to the US and South America. The Pony model was the first Hyundai to be shipped overseas in 1975.

However, Hyundai would only cross US borders later, in 1986, with the release of the Excel. The subcompact car was an instant hit with its fairly small price tag accounting for most of its popularity. The Excel was such a hit that it sold in over 100,00 units in the first seven months.

This was the last automobile that Hyundai produced before resorting to their own technology in 1988. The Sonata was their first born, a mid-seize car that marked the beginning of a new era. Despite the steps the company had taken into building a strong brand image, the reputation Hyundai  had previously collected was lost because of  poor quality and reliability complaints.

As soon as the 90's came, Hyundai was short of air on American territory, struggling for one last gasp. Instead of  retreating, the company made massive investments in new design and technology. By the time the new millennium came, the company had already reinstated as one quality car manufacturer.

Sales increased once more and with them so did the buyer's confidence in Hyundai. The sudden shift in consumer behavior was made possible by eliminating all worries regarding the vehicle's reliability through the introduction of a 10 year warranty to US sold vehicles only. Since few companies could top that, Hyundai quickly earned a spot in the world's top -10 car manufacturers.

Hyundai is currently operating in 193 countries, selling vehicles through approximately 5,000 showrooms and dealerships. Sales have also aided image growth, the brand having entered the first 100 most valuable brands of the world. Its recent history is strongly connected to investments in technology and ample advertising campaigns. Indeed, communication is one of Hyundai's inherent elements, best described by their logo: the stylized H is in fact a representation of two men (brand-buyer) shaking hands.
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production models:
sort:yearname
HYUNDAI Palisade specs and photos

HYUNDAI Palisade

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2022 - present
HYUNDAI Kona Electric specs and photos

HYUNDAI Kona Electric

suvs

Electric

3 generations

2021 - present
HYUNDAI Santa Fe specs and photos

HYUNDAI Santa Fe

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid gasoline

10 generations

2020 - present
HYUNDAI i20 specs and photos

HYUNDAI i20

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid

4 generations

2020 - present
HYUNDAI Kona specs and photos

HYUNDAI Kona

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid

2 generations

2021 - present
HYUNDAI ix35 / Tucson specs and photos

HYUNDAI ix35 / Tucson

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline · Ethanol · Hybrid · Hybrid gasoline

7 generations

2021 - present
HYUNDAI i30 specs and photos

HYUNDAI i30

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Mild hybrid

5 generations

2020 - present
HYUNDAI i30 N specs and photos

HYUNDAI i30 N

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

2020 - present
HYUNDAI i30 Estate specs and photos

HYUNDAI i30 Estate

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel · Mild hybrid

5 generations

2020 - present
HYUNDAI i10 specs and photos

HYUNDAI i10

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas

5 generations

2019 - present
HYUNDAI Ioniq specs and photos

HYUNDAI Ioniq

hatchbacks

Hybrid gasoline · Electric · Hybrid

4 generations

2022 - present
HYUNDAI Sonata specs and photos

HYUNDAI Sonata

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid

11 generations

2019 - present
HYUNDAI i30 Fastback specs and photos

HYUNDAI i30 Fastback

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Mild hybrid

2 generations

2019 - present
HYUNDAI Elantra Sedan specs and photos

HYUNDAI Elantra Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid

7 generations

2020 - present
HYUNDAI i20 Active specs and photos

HYUNDAI i20 Active

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2018 - present
HYUNDAI i40 wagon specs and photos

HYUNDAI i40 wagon

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2018 - present
HYUNDAI Veloster specs and photos

HYUNDAI Veloster

coupes

Gasoline

3 generations

2018 - present
HYUNDAI Elantra GT specs and photos

HYUNDAI Elantra GT

hatchbacks

Gasoline

3 generations

2017 - present
HYUNDAI Accent Sedan specs and photos

HYUNDAI Accent Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

6 generations

2017 - present
HYUNDAI Sonata Hybrid specs and photos

HYUNDAI Sonata Hybrid

sedans

Hybrid · Hybrid gasoline

3 generations

2017 - present
HYUNDAI Elantra 5 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Elantra 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2012 - present

1 generation

2020 - present
HYUNDAI Kona N specs and photos

HYUNDAI Kona N

suvs

Gasoline

1 generation

2021 - present
HYUNDAI Mistra specs and photos

HYUNDAI Mistra

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2014 - present
HYUNDAI i20 N specs and photos

HYUNDAI i20 N

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2020 - present

1 generation

2018 - present
HYUNDAI Bayon specs and photos

HYUNDAI Bayon

suvs

Mild hybrid · Gasoline

1 generation

2021 - present
HYUNDAI i30 Coupe specs and photos

HYUNDAI i30 Coupe

coupes

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2012 - present

1 generation

2021 - present
HYUNDAI Santa Cruz specs and photos

HYUNDAI Santa Cruz

trucks

Gasoline

1 generation

2021 - present
HYUNDAI Venue specs and photos

HYUNDAI Venue

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2019 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
HYUNDAI Accent 3 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Accent 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline

3 generations

2006 - 2011
HYUNDAI Accent 5 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Accent 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

2011 - 2017
HYUNDAI Atos specs and photos

HYUNDAI Atos

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

2005 - 2008
HYUNDAI Atos Multi specs and photos

HYUNDAI Atos Multi

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1998 - 2003
HYUNDAI Atos Spirit specs and photos

HYUNDAI Atos Spirit

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1999 - 2003
HYUNDAI Coupe / Tiburon specs and photos

HYUNDAI Coupe / Tiburon

coupes

Gasoline

5 generations

2007 - 2009
HYUNDAI Elantra Coupe specs and photos

HYUNDAI Elantra Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

2012 - 2014
HYUNDAI Elantra Touring specs and photos

HYUNDAI Elantra Touring

wagons

Gasoline

1 generation

2009 - 2012
HYUNDAI Equus specs and photos

HYUNDAI Equus

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2013 - 2016
HYUNDAI Excel 3 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Excel 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

1998 - 2000
HYUNDAI Excel 5 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Excel 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

1998 - 2000
HYUNDAI Excel Sedan specs and photos

HYUNDAI Excel Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

3 generations

1998 - 2000
HYUNDAI Genesis specs and photos

HYUNDAI Genesis

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2014 - 2016
HYUNDAI Genesis Coupe specs and photos

HYUNDAI Genesis Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

2 generations

2013 - 2016
HYUNDAI Getz 3 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Getz 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2005 - 2011
HYUNDAI Getz 5 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Getz 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2005 - 2011
HYUNDAI Grandeur / Azera specs and photos

HYUNDAI Grandeur / Azera

sedans

Diesel · Gasoline · Hybrid

2 generations

2012 - 2016
HYUNDAI i20 Coupe specs and photos

HYUNDAI i20 Coupe

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2015 - 2018
HYUNDAI i40 specs and photos

HYUNDAI i40

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2011 - 2018
HYUNDAI i800 / H-1 specs and photos

HYUNDAI i800 / H-1

vans

Diesel

1 generation

2008 - 2018
HYUNDAI ix20 specs and photos

HYUNDAI ix20

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2015 - 2019
HYUNDAI ix55 / Veracruz specs and photos

HYUNDAI ix55 / Veracruz

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2009 - 2012
HYUNDAI Lantra specs and photos

HYUNDAI Lantra

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

1998 - 2000
HYUNDAI Lantra Wagon specs and photos

HYUNDAI Lantra Wagon

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

1999 - 2001
HYUNDAI Matrix specs and photos

HYUNDAI Matrix

vans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2001 - 2010
HYUNDAI Pony 3 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Pony 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1989 - 1994
HYUNDAI Pony 5 Doors specs and photos

HYUNDAI Pony 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1989 - 1994
HYUNDAI Satellite specs and photos

HYUNDAI Satellite

vans

Gasoline

1 generation

1997 - 2000
HYUNDAI Scoupe specs and photos

HYUNDAI Scoupe

coupes

Gasoline

2 generations

1992 - 1996
HYUNDAI Terracan specs and photos

HYUNDAI Terracan

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2004 - 2007
HYUNDAI Trajet specs and photos

HYUNDAI Trajet

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2004 - 2008
HYUNDAI XG specs and photos

HYUNDAI XG

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2003 - 2005