A brief history of the company
A Mr. Chung Ju-Yung founded the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company in 1947, and the Hyundai Motor Company was formed a decade later. This South Korean company aligned with Ford to produce their first car, the Cortina, in 1968.
When Hyundai wanted to build their very own car, they employed many of the world’s top engineers; and in 1975, the Pony was released. This was Korea’s first car, and it had influences from engineers and designers all over the world.
The Pony started being exported to Canada in 1984. Because of its popularity, Hyundai made it to a million cars produced by 1985 – that equates to 100,000 cars made in each year of the Pony’s first decade.
The following year, the Excel (still a common car on the roads today) was one of the top 10 best products in Fortune magazine, and Hyundai began selling in the U.S. The Sonata followed on in 1988, as the first of Hyundai’s own models.
By the 1990s, they had reached the four million mark, developed their own engine, their own transmission, and established themselves in India. In 1998, Hyundai tried an image overhaul to establish them as a world-class brand and also invested heavily into quality, design, manufacturing, and long-term research of their vehicles. They also added a 10 year (or 160,000km) warranty on their cars.
Since 2004, the quality of Hyundai cars has been ranked highly in research and surveys by external bodies, and is one of the top 100 most valuable brands worldwide. Today, they continue investing in manufacturing, research, and development, with seven hubs worldwide. Three are in Korea, one each in Germany, Japan, and India, as well as one in America that is specific for the U.S. market.
The Hyundai Motor Group’s vision is: “Together for a better future.”
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Hyundai have fifteen hatchbacks in their range: two models of i20, seven models of i30, two Accent hatch models, and four Veloster hatches. This not only gives you quite a few to choose from, but the opportunity to find the car with the features that are perfect for you.
Because they have an extensive range of features, we will list the safety features that come standard across all models – after all, safety is important.
The safety features in all of Hyundai’s hatches are:
- Electronic stability control
- Anti-lock braking
- Day/night function rear view mirror
- Reversing cameras
- Warning lights (seatbelt, door, check engine etc.)
- Front and side airbags
- Height adjustable seat belts
- Child safety lock
- Dusk sensing headlamps
- Traction control
Protecting your interests if you crash
How did Hyundai score?
In our consumer survey, Hyundai performed consistently, receiving three star ratings in all but one category. They knocked the ball out of the park in the value for money category, achieving a five star rating.
Keeping the kids happy on a road trip
Other hatchbacks we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a hatchback.
The other brands in this year’s survey are:
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