Hyundai Motor Corporation was founded back in 1967 as a subsidiary of the existing Hyundai Group, and the company went on to produce Korea’s first car in 1975. Today, Hyundai is the fifth-largest automotive company in the world, employing over 68,000 people worldwide and achieving revenues of US$ 86 billion. The company imported their first cars into Australia in 1986, with Hyundai Motor Corporation Australia being established in 2003; in the past two decades the company has undergone a major transition – from producing cheap, low-margin runabout models, to selling a range of high-quality automobiles in every major market segment.
Hyundai’s 4WD range currently consists of three SUV models designed to appeal to most Australian families. The Santa Fe is their largest SUV, available with seven seats and a choice of diesel or petrol engines, as well as automatic or manual gearboxes. The Tucson is Hyundai’s compact SUV choice, coming with a host of modern features such as compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay system. Finally, the ix35 Series II is another compact SUV designed with the city in mind: more design-focused than the Tucson and available with 2WD or on-demand AWD, not to mention a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
All of Hyundai’s models have been subjected to 12 months of testing and tuning in a wide variety of Australian road conditions, in order to deliver the best possible product to our unique market.
Hyundai returned a good showing in our recent Canstar Blue Motoring Awards; in the 4WD/SUV category, the company scored an impressive four-star satisfaction rating for both performance and value for money. As the fastest-growing car company in Australia, there’s little doubt that Hyundai will soon bring out new models that will score even better in our next round of car ratings!