The Hyundai Motor Group is a South Korean vehicle manufacturer that has become the largest vehicle manufacturer in South Korea since it was created in 1967. It is an amalgamation of Hyundai Motor Company, Genesis Motors, and Kia Motors, and is the world’s fourth-largest vehicle manufacturer behind Toyota, Volkswagen, and GM. Here are some things about Hyundai that you might not have known.

“Hyundai” Is A Korean Word

The name Hyundai is a word in the Korean language. It means “modernity”.

Hyundai Doesn’t Just Do Cars

Hyundai didn’t start manufacturing vehicles until 1967 but the original company, Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company, was created in 1947. As the name implies, they were a small construction company that evolved into several conglomerates.

Hyundai Came To Canada First

Hyundai exported the Pony to Canada in 1984 but did not export the vehicles to the United States due to not passing emission tests. Hyundai didn’t start selling in the United States until 1986.

Hyundai Owns Kia

In 1998, in the middle of a business shake-up, Hyundai bought the majority share of rival South Korean auto manufacturer Kia Motors.

Hyundai Is A Large Sponsor Of Many Sporting Events

Hyundai has been one of the largest sponsors of many major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro Cup since 2002.

They Have A Massive Main Factory

Their main factory in Ulsan, South Korea is one of the largest factories in the automotive industry, taking up 5 million square metres. It even has its own hospital and fire station.

Europe Loves Hyundai

Around 90% of Hyundai vehicles are sold in Europe, although its popularity is beginning to grow in North America.

Hyundai Is Ready For The Zombie Apocalypse

Hyundai has teamed with the creators of “The Walking Dead” to build Zombie Survival Vehicles. Yes, I’m serious.

Get Your Own Hyundai

Through WEINS Auto Group, we carry several Hyundais through our friends at Don Valley North Hyundai in Markham, Ontario. Whether you are looking for a new vehicle or a pre-owned, we have the vehicle for you