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Hyundai History 1967-2000 - About Hyundai | Hyundai

  • 1996-2000

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    2000

    ·Developed Korea’s first passenger diesel engine and large commercial engine

    ·Debut of the four mid and large-sized Bus models

    ·Korea’s first fuel cell electric vehicle Santa

    1999

    ·Launch of Equus (Centennial : Hyundai Motor’s ultra large-sized sedan), Verna, and Trajet XG

    ·Developed Korea’s first automotive fuel cell battery

    1998

    ·Independently developed world-class, high performance V6 Delta engine

    ·Launch of Grandeur (Azera) and Sonata

    ·Established India plant

    ·2nd solar-powered vehicle developed

    ·Acquisition of Kia Motors

    1997

    ·Independently developed Epsilon engine

    ·Established the Turkey plant and Asan plant

    1996

    ·Cumulative production surpasses 10 million units

    ·Inauguration of the Namyang Technology Research Center

    ·Launch of Dynasty and Tiburon

  • 1989-1995

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    1995

    ·Launch of Avante (Elantra)

    ·Completion of Jeonju commercial vehicle manufacturing plant

    ·Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) opens

    1994

    ·Annual production surpasses 1 million units

    ·Launch of Accent

    ·Solar-powered and fuel cell electric vehicles developed

    1993

    ·Launch of Sonata II

    ·Unveiling of the HCD-II concept car

    1992

    ·Unveiling of HCD-I, Korea’s first concept car

    ·Cumulative production surpasses 5 million units

    1991

    ·Developed Alpha engine, the first engine created in Korea

    ·Launch of Galloper

    ·Developed Sonata EV

    1990

    ·Launch of Elantra and Scoupe

    1989

    ·Overseas exports of Excel surpass 1 million units

  • 1967-1988

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    1988

    ·Launch of Sonata, Hyundai Motor’s mid-sized luxury sedan

    1987

    ·Excel is the best selling imported compact car in the U.S. for 3 consecutive years

    1986

    ·Exports of Excel to the U.S. begin

    ·Launch of Grandeur (Azera), Hyundai Motor’s large-sized luxury car

    1985

    ·Launch of Pony Excel

    ·Incorporation of the U.S. subsidiary HMA

    ·Launch of 1st generation Sonata

    1983

    ·Incorporation of the Canadian subsidiary HMC

    1976

    ·Launch of Hyundai Pony, the first Korean passenger car

    ·First export of Hyundai Pony to Ecuador

    1968

    ·Completion of Ulsan assembly plant

    ·Mass production of Cortina begins

    1967

    ·Incorporation of Hyundai Motor Company