Making a mark on the continent.

Throughout the past three decades, Hyundai has gradually expanded its presence in Europe. The automaker has constructed many important facilities, from R&D and Design centres to production plants, as well as introducing models specifically aimed at European customers.

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  1. Hyundai Motor Europe.

    Hyundai Motor is committed to the European market and its customers. Today, more than 90% of all Hyundai vehicles sold in Europe are designed, engineered, produced and tested here. Since the 1990s Hyundai Motor invested in company facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic and Turkey. In 2006, Hyundai inaugurated the headquarter of HME(Hyundai Motor Europe) at Offenbach in Germany, where Hyundai Motor manages the sales, marketing, aftersales, fleet and dealer operations activities that support the brand in the region.

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  1. European Markets.

    Hyundai currently sells cars in 41 European countries through 3,000 outlets and in 2018 achieved registrations of 543,292 vehicles in the region – an increase of 3.9 percent compared to 2017, a higher rate than the market average. 2018 was the fourth consecutive year with a record sales result.

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  1. Factories.

    75 percent of the vehicles Hyundai sold in the region are models designed, engineered, tested and built in Europe to meet the needs of European customers, served by the company’s extensive European infrastructure. This includes two factories in the Czech Republic and Turkey, which have a combined annual capacity of 600,000 units. Hyundai is proud to offer the youngest product line-up in Europe: 90 per cent of the models are less than two years old.

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From Asia to Europe and the world.

In just a few years Hyundai Motor has demonstrated strategic global growth and enriched its brand image with a focus on quality, design, innovation, technology and sustainability. For Hyundai’s customers in Europe design is becoming purchasing reason number one.

 

Manufactured in Europe.

To fully adapt its business to the European market, Hyundai Motor built up its European operations by opening production facilities in Turkey in 1997 and the Czech Republic in 2008. The two factories alone have a total production capacity of almost 600,000 cars per year. They fulfil highest quality standards to meet European customers’ expectations, enabling Hyundai Motor to deliver an industry-leading peace of mind package: a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Nürburgring Test Centre.

To guarantee best quality, Hyundai Motor Europe engages in regular and rigorous testing at its Nürburgring Test Centre in Germany. Hyundai Motor’s Accelerated Durability Test for instance simulates a normal vehicle’s lifecycle in just four to six weeks, covering 110 arduous laps per week.

Hyundai Motorsport.

Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH (HMSG) is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including World Rally Championship (WRC) program as well as Customer Racing.

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  1. World Rally Championship.

    Rallying is the purest test of man and machine, in which drivers and their co-drivers fight for victory on all kinds of terrain. The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is the sport's undisputed pinnacle; and it's where the world’s best drivers and their co-drivers vie for glory.

  2. World Rally Championship.

    Unlike circuit-based racing, rally drivers compete individually in short, timed stages with the aim of recording the fastest time. The ever-changing landscape helps contribute to rally’s reputation as one of the most exciting forms of motorsport in the world. This is underscored by the sheer exhilaration of WRC. First run in 1973, the competition continues to attract the world’s leading automotive manufacturers – like Hyundai – to this day. Held from January to November, the WRC takes teams, drivers and fans on a whistle-stop tour of the world, from the wilds of Northern and Southern Europe to the vast plains of Australia and the Mexican desert. Fans flock to these WRC events to get up close and personal with the cars and drivers, while many more millions follow rallies on TV, radio and online. Its continued popularity is testament to the sporting and technical challenges the WRC poses.

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  1. R5.

    Established in late 2015, the R5 program is a key pillar of our Customer Racing department, which is designed to enhance Hyundai’s global motorsport image. Utilising all the technology and expertise gained from competing in the WRC, Customer Racing shows Hyundai’s sporting and high-performance credentials to new fans around the world.

  2. R5.

    The R5 category was introduced in 2012 by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which is motorsport’s governing body. It was intended as the second tier of world rallying. Since then, it has become one of the most competitive categories of world motorsport, hosting cars built by many of the world’s most prominent manufacturers. Accommodating privateer teams, the category offers affordability through strict cost-capping of cars and components, while producing a high-performance rally car that is at home on the stages. In line with the class regulations, our four-wheel drive i20 R5 weighs 1,230 kg and is equipped with a 1.6 litre, turbo charged engine, fitted to a 32 mm air restrictor and a five-speed sequential gearbox.

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  1. Touring Car Race (TCR).

    The first races using TCR regulations took place in 2015. Since then, the rule set has been adopted throughout the circuit racing world and is now the base of more than a dozen regional and national championships.

  2. Touring Car Race (TCR).

    The most high-profile TCR championship is the TCR International Series. Its 2017 season includes some of the most famous circuits in the world, including Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and the historic Monza circuit in Italy. The championship features privateer and customer teams with machinery representing a number of the top motor manufacturers. Aside from sprint racing, TCR-specification machinery also features in multi-class endurance events, with specific classes in the international 24H Series and the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

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Step into the future - Hyundai CRADLE

In 2019, Hyundai opened its European Hyundai CRADLE office in Berlin, Germany. It plays a key role in Hyundai Motor Group’s efforts to invest in promising startups and to accelerate the development of advanced future technologies that align with the company’s long-term strategic direction such as mobility services, smart cities, and eco-friendly technologies. CRADLE Berlin leads the regional market operation and identifies European startups, universities and strategic partners that focus, amongst others, on ‘Disruptive Innovation’ being developed in the region. It has already partnered with several European ventures, accelerators and innovation platforms based in Germany, France, Switzerland and UK.