The History of Hyundai and the Hyundai Logo

October 8th, 2018 by

ABU DHABI, UAE - NOV 26, 2016: Hyundai company logo illuminated at night. Shallow Depth of Field

If you’ve ever seen new Hyundai vehicles driving down Cartersville roads and suddenly wondered to yourself who makes Hyundai cars, what their logo means, or how to pronounce “Hyundai,” you’ve come to the right place! Get all your Hyundai questions answered at Riverside Hyundai near Cartersville.

Who Owns Hyundai?

Hyundai, along with Kia Motors and the luxury Genesis Motors, is owned by the Hyundai Motor Group headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The Hyundai Motor Group is the third largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, behind Toyota and the Volkswagen Group.

Where are Hyundai Cars Made?

Even with the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea with a production capacity of 1.6 million units, Hyundai also produces vehicles across the globe, in places like Alabama, Brazil, India, Turkey and Russia.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Gallery Interior
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Gallery steering wheel

Hyundai, a History

  • 1947 – Chung Ju-Yung starts the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company.
  • 1967 – The Hyundai Motor Company is established.
  • 1986 – Hyundai models are released in United States.
  • 1999 – The Hyundai Santa Fe premiers at the Detroit Motor Show, and is today a best-selling SUV in North America.
  • 2006 – The Hyundai brand edges past the competition to make the #3 spot for J.D. Power’s “Overall Quality” ranking
  • 2008 – The Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Santa Fe are named Consumer Reports “Top Picks”
  • 2012 – The Hyundai Elantra becomes North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show
  • 2015 – The Santa Fe becomes the official “Popemobile” for Pope Francis
  • 2018 – The Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Hyundai Veloster N compete in the “2018 Search for the Ultimate Streetcar”

What Does “Hyundai” Mean? What About the Logo?

“Hyundai” translates in English to “modernity,” and is right in line with the Hyundai Motor Company slogan “New Thinking, New Possibilities.” The sleek and modern silver logo clearly resembles the letter “H,” but it is also supposed to bear a simplified resemblance to two people shaking hands, representing the Hyundai commitment to customer satisfaction and teamwork.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Gallery by family
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Gallery on road

How Do You Pronounce “Hyundai?”

In the U.S., most people make the “y” in Hyundai silent, so that Hyundai rhymes with “Sunday,” which perfectly okay when you are in the U.S. However, if you want to sound like a true Korean, you would pronounce it with the “y”, so it sounds like “hYUN-day.”

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Contact us at Riverside Hyundai if you have any more questions about the Hyundai brand and offerings, and don’t forget to check out our new vehicle specials before stopping by for a test drive!


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