Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH
Hyundai Motor Europe is 100 percent owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company, its headquarters is in Russelsheim, Germany. It has a R&D center in Frankfurt and three manufacturing plants: one in Nošovice, Czech Republic; one in Saint Petersburg, Russia; and one in Turkey. Three models (Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Elantra, and Hyundai Santa Fe) are produced at the TagAZ's plant in Taganrog. Its slogan for the European Market is "New Thinking, New Possibilities".
On November 2008, Hyundai opened its European plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic, following an investment of over 1 billion euros and over two years of construction. The plant, which mainly manufactures the i30, ix20, ix35 for the European market, has an annual capacity of 300,000 cars. The new Hyundai plant is 90 kilometres north of Kia Motors' Žilina Plant in Slovakia.
Hyundai has been operating an R&D centre in Frankfurt, Germany since 1994, that has been responsible for monitoring technology developments in Europe and designing and engineering new cars for the European market. In September 2003, the company opened its new European headquarters in Rüsselsheim, after an investment worth 50 million euro. The site became the new location for the R&D centre and for the world rally team of the company.
In Russia, the production of the Hyundai Accent, Sonata, Elantra and Santa Fe models has been taking place at the TagAZ plant, located in Taganrog, since 2001, in the form of complete knock-down kits assembly. Since 2006, the factory has also been assembling the Hyundai Porter, County, Aero Town and the HD 500 commercial vehicles.
In June 2008, Hyundai started the construction of a new manufacturing plant in Saint Petersburg with a planned yearly capacity of 100,000 cars, that will eventually be increased to 200,000 units. It started mass production in January 2011, with two models: the Hyundai Solaris and the Kia Rio.
History in Europe
Hyundai first imported passenger cars to Europe in 1978 with the launch of its Pony on several left-hand drive markets, with the right-hand drive version launching the brand on the British market in 1982.By 1984, Hyundai had launched a second model on the European market – the Stellar, a large rear-wheel drive family saloon based loosely on the Ford Cortina chassis.It was even advertised on the UK market as the spiritual successor to the Cortina.By 1990, with sales steadily rising across the continent, Hyundai was now a four-model brand in Europe, having launched the flagship Sonata saloon and Scoupe sports model onto the European market.
Growing demand for MPVs and SUVs by the turn of the 21st century saw Hyundai venture into these new or expanding market sectors. By 2018, it was importing nine passenger vehicle ranges (some with two or more bodystyles) and two commercial vehicles ranges in Europe.
(As of November 2014)
- Hyundai i10
- Hyundai i20 (3 and 5 door)
- Hyundai ix20
- Hyundai i30 (5 door and Station Wagon)
- Hyundai Elantra
- Hyundai i40 (Sedan and Station Wagon)
- Hyundai Veloster
- Hyundai Veloster Turbo
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe
- Hyundai ix35
- Hyundai ix35 FCEV
- Hyundai Tucson
- Hyundai Santa Fe
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