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Hyundai Motor crowned BBC TopGear Magazine Manufacturer of the Year

2018.11.27 00:00:00 No. 16071

● Hyundai is acknowledged as BBC TopGear Magazine’s Manufacturer of the Year in the latest Awards issue (on sale now)

  • ● South Korean firm commended for its ‘diverse’ and ‘ambitious range’ which makes more established brands ‘jealous’
    • ● i30N, IONIQ and KONA Electric hailed for their credibility in the marketplace

High Wycombe, 26 November 2018 – Hyundai Motor has been recognised as BBC TopGear Magazine’s Manufacturer of the Year in its latest Awards issue which is on sale today.

BBC TopGear Magazine highlights Hyundai’s rapid development over the years and commends its diverse and ambitious product range specifically the ‘mega-hyped’ i30N, the ‘teardrop eco hatch’ IONIQ and the ‘quirky-looking but chilled driving family’ KONA Electric.

BBC TopGear said: “After decades of us telling you Hyundais have less personality than call centre hold music, the South Koreans have pulled it off.  Hyundai now boasts an arsenal of cars to make established conglomerates jealous. An underdog that wins best in show?  Humble Hyundai has come a long way.”

From City cars to traditional and ‘hot’ hatches through to large and small SUVs offered with a choice of powertrains from combustion & hybrid engines to zero emissions electric and hydrogen power, Hyundai now offers customers one of the broadest product ranges in the industry. 

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK said, “To receive this recognition from BBC TopGear magazine is a testament to just how far we have come even in the last decade.  In 2008, we sold just 28,000 vehicles in the UK and we were bought purely on price.  Fast forward to 2018, we are one of the top ten car manufacturers in the UK and we will sell over 90,000 cars before the end of the year.  The number one reason for purchase now is design.  Our brand continues to evolve and we are very proud that we are able to offer our customers even greater choice than ever before.”

More information on the KONA Electric range can be found here:

More information on the IONIQ range can be found here:

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About Hyundai Motor

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is committed to becoming a lifetime partner in automobiles and beyond. The company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design & technical centres worldwide and in 2017 sold 4.5 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology, starting with the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, ix35 Fuel Cell and IONIQ, the world’s first model with three electrified powertrains in a single body type.

About Hyundai Motor UK

Hyundai has sold vehicles in the UK since 1982. In 2005, Hyundai opened its own UK subsidiary, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, based in High Wycombe. Since 2008, the company has risen from 21st to one of the top 10 car manufacturers in the UK and last year sold a record 93,502 vehicles. Hyundai Motor UK employs more than 3,000 people through its UK operations and dealer network. Hyundai offers a full range of vehicles such as the award-winning i10 city car, the zero emission IONIQ Electric, and the capable Santa Fe SUV. All passenger cars come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. Further information about Hyundai and its products is available at

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