As if the quality of Hyundai’s current products wasn’t testament enough to how far the brand has come in Europe – building cars to rival the best in the business in the world’s most demanding continent when it comes to cars – the Korean firm has just revealed its sold a staggering 6 million cars across Europe.
That’s since the firm began trading in the region back in 1977. And since then, Hyundai has continued to build momentum rapidly, with its new generation of European products scoring well with buyers thanks to the firm’s traditional excellent value for money and much-improved quality.
Hyundai has realised this, too, and has fuelled investment in local infrastructure, with an amazing €3 billion pumped into manufacturing, research and development and motorsport in its European operations.
Qualifying its decision to go big on the continent, 95% of all cars Hyundai sells in Europe and designed and developed at its technical centre in Germany, with 90% built in the firm’s production plants in the Czech Republic and Turkey.
Some more incredible stats:
- Over 500,000-unit production capacity possible in Europe
- 152,000 employed by Hyundai in Europe
- €1.3 billion contributed to the European economy in tax payments
- €2 billion worth of supply purchase contracts in Europe
The amazing level of engineering detail stemming from this investment is plain to see in Hyundai’s current range.
Starting from the bottom, the new Hyundai i10 city car is widely considered as the best urban runabout on sale today, winning Car Buyer’s 2014 Car of the Year award, as well as Top Gear’s Bargain of the Year gong.
It’s better value than ever now, too, offering even more standard equipment from just £14,495.
The Hyundai i40 saloon and Tourer models are particularly appealing thanks to their blend of elegant, interesting styling and superb efficiency, offering a best of 65.7mpg combined with 113g/km CO2.
Then there’s the Korean firm’s Hyundai ix35 crossover. The recently facelifted model offers even greater image with same great blend of practicality, style and performance.
In fact, the ix35 is a particularly interesting car for Hyundai, as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell hydrogen-powered car is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for tomorrow, today.
Then we come to the stunning Hyundai Santa Fe off-roader. One of the first cars in the company’s current range to showcase its Fluidic Sculpture design direction, it really is a striking vehicle.
Its incredible outline belies its size, which means great practicality and versatility – the is a Sports Utility Vehicle you can really push to the max, with a chassis, engine and load capacity that’ll stay faithful all the way.
When you break down Hyundai’s incredible range, there really is a vehicle for everyone in there, proving that Hyundai’s investment in Europe was the right decision and that 6 million car sales – in itself no mean feat – is just the start.
We can’t wait to see what the company has in store for the next generation of Hyundai vehicles, designed, engineered and built in Europe.