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1968 ~ 1983

Cortina

Hyundai Motor Company, founded in 1967, selected Cortina as its very first vehicle with Ford Motor Company. In 1968, Cortina was successfully assembled in the Ulsan Plant, South Korea, accrediting Hyundai Motor with outstanding manufacturing capacity.

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1969 ~ 1973

Ford 20M

The popular new mid-sized car of the time Ford 20M was also assembled in the Ulsan plant through a partnership with the Ford Motor Company in 1969.

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1975 ~ 1990

Pony

The very first independently developed model Pony designed by the Italian designer Giogetto Giugiaro was manufactured in 1976. Pony made its first debut at the 1974 Torino Motor Show in Italy, before it was finally revealed and succeeded in domestically producing 90% of all automobile parts in 1976. Pony was first exported to Ecuador in the same year, followed by the Pony 2 model revealed in 1982 and exported to Canada in 1983.

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1978 ~ 1985

Granada

Designed in technical cooperation with Ford in Germany, Granada is a rear-wheel drive luxury sedan with an authentic European influence in its design.

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1983 ~ 1985

Pony Excel

As a follow-up model of Pony, Hyundai Motor revealed a strategic model Pony Excel for the overseas market in 1985. Pony Excel entered the U.S. market successfully in 1986 and sold 26,000 cars within a year, placed as the top-selling imported car of the year. To gain this success, Pony Excel went through strict performance tests in North America.

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1983 ~ 1997

Stellar

In 1983, Stella entered the South Korean automotive market for the first time as a new mid-size sedan. Designed by the talented Giogetto Giugiaro, Stellar proudly became the second independently developed model by Hyundai Motor.

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1985 ~ 1989

Presto

In 1985, Hyundai Motor introduced the notchback version of Excel and named it Presto.

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1986 ~

Azera
also known as Granduer in selected countries

Azera, produced since 1986, has evolved from being an icon of wealth for middle-aged and elderly customers to a familiar car for young adults. The third generation was the first full-size sedan to be sold in the U.S. market. The fifth generation in 2011 synthesizes Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture with its 'Grand Glide' concept.

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1986 ~ 1987

Sporty

In 1986, Hyundai introduces a sporty vehicle to its family. Named 'Sporty' with its athletic design, the new model incorporates an advanced bumper ensuring maximum security and stability and features optimized storage space with its hatchback design.

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1986 ~ 2003

Grace

The new minivan Grace boasts the world's first 85 horsepower turbo diesel engine (D4BF). The New Grace Ambulance version was also released.

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1987 ~

H100

Launched in 1987, Hyundai continues to create advanced, high-quality pick up trucks with the release of the 'H100' and the upgraded fourth generation 'Porter Ⅱ' in 2014.

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1988 ~

Sonata

Manufactured since 1988, Sonata is defined as the global steady-seller of Hyundai's mid-size sedan to this day. The facelifted third generation Sonata made a breakthrough of over 1 million cars in sales. From the sixth generation Sonata, Hyundai Motor introduced Fluidic Sculpture as its design philosory and applied an even more advanced version of Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 for its seventh generation Sonata in 2014.

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1989 ~ 1994

Excel

The next generation of Pony Excel, the Excel was exclusively launched in 1989. Excel earned an excellent safety performance result from NHTSA (National Highwway Traffic Safety Administration) in the U.S.

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1990 ~ 1995

Scoop

The new stylish and sporty 2-door coupe Scoop was launched in 1990. Scoop Alpha, developed after the Scoop in 1991, was the first car to load the Alpha engine designed for the first time in Korea. Following Scoop Alpha, Tiburon, the first original sport coupe car of Hyundai Motor, was created in 1996.

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1990 ~

Elantra
also known as Avante in selected countries

Since its launch in 1990, Elantra recorded a cumulative sales of 8.6 million units globally. After being redesigned in 2011, Elantra continues to enjoy great popularity and is solidifying its position as a best-seller. Elantra is continuing to evolve with Hyundai's innovative designs and technology.

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1991 ~ 2003

Galloper

Hyundai Motor revealed Galloper, the revolutionary off-road mid-size SUV champion Galloper, described as "the ultimate racehorse galloping at its full speed."

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1994 ~

Accent
also known as Solaris, Verna in selected countries

Redefining the Hyundai Excel, Accent is a significant model of Hyundai Motor because 100% of all parts were independently developed with Hyundai Motor's own technology. From Accent in 1994 to New Accent in 2010, the compact car became a representiative model of Hyundai Motor's localization strategy with its sleek and dynamic design concept with customized features according to local conditions and customer needs in U.S., Russia, China, India and more.

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1995 ~ 1997

Marcia

Marcia was designed in pursuit of a more dynamic performance and world-class quality.

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1995 ~ 2002

Santamo

Like the special name Santamo, which stands for "safe and talented motor", is a unique combination of a sedan and wagon turned into an impressive and versatile minivan.

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1996 ~ 2001

Tiburon

Unveiled in 1996, Hyundai Tiburon embodies a new form of automobile engineering with the first McPherson strut type suspension developed in collaboration with Porsche. A winner of the 75th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Tiburon has a class of its own with its innovative design and sporty character.

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1996 ~ 2005

Dynasty

Launched in 1996, Hyundai Dynasty is a premium executive sedan offering greater convenient facilities, identified with its disctinctive stylized "D" logo. The extended Hyundai Dynasty Limousine version has also been released.

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1997 ~ 2002

Atoz

Hyundai's small, lightweight Atoz city car was released in 1997 followed by the modern, fun-to-drive i10 model in 2007 designed with European flare and sensibility.

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1997 ~

H-1

A versatile family wagon providing comfort of a sedan and practicality of a van, H-1 (also known as Starex) opens up new possibilities along with its other variations - minivan (MPV), minibus, van, pick-up, taxi and ambulance - to best suit individuals' lifestyles. The redesigned second generation model Grand Starex was introduced in 2007.

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1999 ~ 2007

Trajet XG

A multi-purpose car Trajet XG made its striking debut at the 1999 Seoul Motor Show and set the highest sales record on its first day of release in South Korea.

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1999 ~

Centennial
also known as Equus in selected countries

A byword for premium luxury sedan, Centennial sets new standards with the development of the in-house V6 3.8L Lambda MPi engine in 2005 and the front engine rear-wheel drive in the second generation model in 2009. The long-wheelbase version Hyundai Equus Limousine continues to redefine luxury with its sophisticated interior and dynamic exterior design.

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2000 ~ 2007

Libero

Libero is the new, upgraded light truck version of the first generation Hyundai Starex replacing the 1 ton truck version Hyundai Porter.

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2000 ~

Santa Fe
also known as Santa Fe Sport in selected countries

Staying true to Hyundai Motor's distinctive design and cutting-edge technology, Sante Fe was the first independently developed Korean SUV. An advanced monocoque chassis was incorporated to achieve optimized stability and maximum comfort. Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design and 'Storm Edge' concept was applied from the core design to finishing touches to the third generation model. The Santa Fe reached record-breaking sales of 500,000 units in 2009.

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2001 ~ 2006

Terracan

From 2001 to 2006, the full-size SUV Terracan made progressive developments and evolved with a rigid and traditional body-on-frame structure.

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2001 ~ 2007

Matrix
also known as Lavita in selected countries

Sensationally popular in the European market, Matrix is a crossover utility vehicle incorporating a Diesel engine was designed by the Italian company Pininfarina. The modified and facelifted version was launched in 2005 and 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2001 ~ 2008

Tuscani

Known as the Hyundai coupe in Europe and a follow up model of the Tiburon, the compact sports coupe made its debut in 2001 and made an appearance in the 'Need for Speed: Underground 2' series.

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2002 ~ 2010

Getz
also known as Click in selected countries

Hyundai Motor's economically efficient supermini car Getz takes the lead globally by winning the Australia's Best Small Car in 2003 and 2005. Awarded 4 Starts in both 2004 Euro NCAP and 2008 Australasian NCAP, Gets successfully entered the global market with its facelifted version at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2004 ~

Tucson

Tucson, a modern and compact SUV, was revealed in 2004 redefining Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design with its second generation model. Tucson won the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada award in the Best Crossover Vehicle category and won the Good Design Award in Japan on the year of its release. Hyundai Motor's design philosophy Fluidic Sculpture was applied to the sencond generation Tucson in 2009 and the third generation All-new Tucson took its design to the next level with Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

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2006 ~ 2013

ix55
also known as Veracruz in selected countries

ix55, the full-sized SUV released in 2006, is widely sold in the U.S., Canada, Dominican Republic, Brazil and the Middle East and has elevated the Hyundai brand value.

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2007 ~

i30

i30, a sub-compact car, unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, was inspired by Hyundai's Aero Active design concept and Fluidic Sculpture design based on its second generation model. The sensuous premium 3-door hatchback and 5-door station wagon versions are developed and sold for the European market.

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2007 ~

i10
also known as Grand i10 in selected countries

i10, a strategic model launched in Europe in 2008, became greatly popular and opened a new chapter in Hyundai Motor's history in Europe. The follow-up model All-new generation i10 developed in Europe was unveiled at the 65th International Automobile Ausstellung in Frankfurt in 2013. Featuring a more spacious and refined interior, i10 generation is loved by customers in Europe and India. The compact car delivers great comfort.

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2008 ~

Genesis

Hyundai Motor's groundbreaking Genesis, launched in 2008, embodies Hyundai Motor's vision of an ideal premium sedan that passed rigorous performance tests and thorough quality controls. The car was awarded the North American Car of the Year at the North American Internation Auto Show in January, 2009. The second generation model integrate advanced HTRAC all-wheel drive system and elevated Hyundai Motor brand value through competition with the world's most prestigious premium cars.

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2008 ~

Genesis Coupe

The 2008 Genesis Coupe is Hyundai Motor's first rear-wheel drive sports coupe designed and developed to deliver powerful driving experience. In 2013, the new Genesis Coupe launched with added details, maximized performance (zero to hundred in six second) and thrill with the v6 engine.

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2008 ~

i20

The sophisticated subcompact i20 hatchback was unveiled in 2008. As an model participating in the WRC, i20 won an award at the WRC Rally Deutschland in September, 2014. With a diverse range of engines starting from 1.25 MPi gasoline engine to 1.4 CRDi diesel engine that deliver different level of power and fuel economy, i20 appeals to those who seek efficiency. The car was awarded the 2014 Car of the Year in India.

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2009 ~ 2013

Avante Hybrid

Avante Hybrid, launched in Korea in 2009, features the world's first LPi hybrid system that combines an LPG fuel-powered hybrid engine and motor. Avante Hybrid is the first hybrid car to utilize LPG fuel with independently developed motor, invertor, convertor and battery.

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2009 ~

Blue On

From 2009, Hyundai Motor developed its first innovative high-speed electric vehicle. The name represents Hyundai Motor's eco branding by combining the word "blue" with "on" from "start on" and "switch on". The car first made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 and was developed based on the strategic European model i10. Blue On has a maximum speed of 130 km and can run up to 140km after full charge.

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2010 ~

ix20

In 2010, Hyundai's new ix20, a follow up of Lavita, was manufactured at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech, targeting the European market. ix20 combines economy and practicality with a sophisticated style, comfortable space and reliable safety features that appeal to a broad range of consumers.

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2011 ~

Veloster

In 2011, Hyundai Motor's new thinking led to the birth of the Veloster and Veloster Turbo, garnering many fans for their unconventional two right door and one left door configuration and refreshing style. The model is first in the part of Hyundai's communication brand Premium Youth Lab that provides customized services. The car incorporates the Hyundai first dual clutch transmission and the 2013 beats audio sound system. The Veloster Turbo Model with a Gamma Turbo GDi engine was launched in 2012.

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2011 ~

Sonata Hybrid

The 2008 L.A. Motor Show presents the 'Sonata-Hybrid' model designed with Hyundai's 'Blue Drive' strategy in creating fuel-efficient vehicles. 'Sonata-Hybrid' is the first hybrid export model with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain at its core and adopts the lithium polymer battery technology.

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2011 ~

i40

i40 is a European premium diesel sedan designed at Hyundai Motor's European R&D facilities based on the YF Sonata from 2011. The model is available in two types: the i40 Sedan and i40 Wagon.

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2011 ~

Eon

With the smallest lightweight city car in the Hyundai Motor line up, Eon entered the Indian market in 2011.

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2012 ~ 2015

Elentra Coupe

Adding to the fame of Elantra, Elantra Coupe was released in 2011 with a sleek and fluidic design. The car has greater driving performance and advanced fuel efficiency.

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2012 ~

ix35 Fuel Cell

The world's first successful mass production of ix35 Fuel Cell is a significant milestone in the history of automobiles at the time when the worldwide attention is being shifted to the use of renewable energy and emission reductions. ix35 Fuel Cell's quick charge time and long driving range will benefit customers directly while its peripheral effects such as environmental conservation will provide greater benefits for all.

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2012 ~

HB20

HB20 line-ups (sedan, hatchback and SUV) are strategic models for the automotive market in Brazil. They are ideally designed for the Brazilian market with unrivaled performance and fuel efficiency.

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2013 ~

Grand Santa Fe
also known as Santa Fe, Maxcruz in selected countries

Revealed at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Hyundai Mistra entered the global market as a world-class premium SUV. The model was renamed as Hyundai Grand Santa Fe long-wheelbase model for the European market.

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2013 ~

Mistra

Beijing Hyundai Motor launched an entry-level compact sedan as a strategic model, expanding Hyundai Motor's global customers and market competitiveness. The name Mistra was derived from the Chinese characters 'Ming Zhi Tu Yuan' meaning 'embracing the future' to create new future possibilities in the automotive industry.

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2013 ~

Grandeur Hybrid

Grandeur Hybrid made its debut in South Korea as a hybrid version of Grandeur in 2013. The 2015 model was reinforced with the addition functions and a new bumper design.

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2013 ~

Aslan

A refined version of Hyundai Motor's fifth generation Grandeur model, the 4-door mid-size sedan Aslan was released in South Korea with its advanced ergonomic design for maximum comfort and dynamic driving experience.

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2014 ~

H350

A new iconic LCV is designed in collaboration between Namyang Technology Research Center and Hyundai Motor’s Europe Technical Center. First launched at the Hanover, 65th International Motor Show (2014) as Hyundai’s first multi-purpose LCV with a highly-flexible platform, H350 holds up to its name of harmony (H), power (GVW3ton~5ton) and comfort (also known as ‘Solati’).

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The year of release

  • Cortina 1968 ~ 1983
  • Ford 20M 1969 ~ 1973
  • Pony 1975 ~ 1990
  • Granada 1978 ~ 1985
  • Pony Excel 1983 ~ 1985
  • Stellar 1983 ~ 1997
  • Presto 1985 ~ 1989
  • Azera 1986 ~
  • Sporty 1986 ~ 1987
  • Grace 1986 ~ 2003
  • H100 1987 ~
  • Sonata 1985 ~
  • Excel 1989 ~ 1994
  • Scoop 1990 ~ 1995
  • Elantra 1990 ~
  • Galloper 1991 ~ 2003
  • Accent 1994 ~
  • Marcia 1995 ~ 1998
  • Santamo 1995 ~ 2002
  • Tiburon 1996 ~ 2001
  • Dynasty 1996 ~ 2005
  • Atoz 1997 ~ 2002
  • H-1 1997 ~
  • Trajet XG 1999 ~ 2007
  • Centennial 1999 ~
  • Libero 2000 ~ 2007
  • Santa Fe 2000 ~
  • Terracan 2001 ~ 2006
  • Matrix 2001 ~ 2007
  • Tuscani 2001 ~ 2008
  • Getz 2002 ~ 2010
  • Tucson 2004 ~
  • ix55 2006 ~ 2013
  • i30 2007 ~
  • i10 2007 ~
  • Genesis 2008 ~
  • Genesis Coupe 2008 ~
  • i20 2008 ~
  • Avante Hybrid 2009 ~ 2013
  • Blue On 2009 ~
  • ix20 2010 ~
  • Veloster 2011 ~
  • Sonata-Hybrid 2011 ~
  • i40 2011 ~
  • Eon 2011 ~
  • Elentra Coupe 2012 ~ 2015
  • ix35 Fuel Cell 2012 ~
  • HB20 2012 ~
  • Grand Santa Fe 2013 ~
  • Mistra 2013 ~
  • Grandeur Hybrid 2013 ~
  • Aslan 2013 ~
  • H350 2014 ~