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Hyundai is a South Korean automotive manufacturing division of the Hyundai Motor Company. The Hyundai Motor Group affiliate of the company is composed of the Hyundai, Genesis (Hyundai’s luxury division), Kia (of which Hyundai owns a controlling interest), and Ioniq (a Hyundai sub-brand) automotive marques.

The Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967 as part of the Hyundai Engineering Construction company and released its first model, the Cortina, in 1968 with help from Ford. In 1975, the company created and released the Pony on its own, making it the first South Korean automobile. From there, Hyundai began expanding, creating new models and exporting to various international marketplaces with great success.

With its headquarters based in Seoul, South Korea, the most recent vehicles introduced by Hyundai to the American market include the Venue urban compact SUV, the Palisade three-row midsize SUV, and the Ioniq 5 electric SUV. Its current projects include exploring additional mobility vehicle options and expanding research and production of alternative fuel source models.

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All Hyundai Vehicles:


Accent: A subcompact sedan that replaced the Excel

Ioniq: A compact liftback available as hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV models

Veloster: A hatchback coupe, also available as the Veloster N performance variant

Elantra: A compact sedan, also available as a hybrid model

Sonata: A midsize sedan that replaced the Stellar, also available as a hybrid model

SUVs and Minivans:

Venue: A subcompact SUV, and currently Hyundai’s smallest crossover offered in the U.S.

Kona: A compact SUV, also available as the Kona N performance variant and as an EV

Tucson: A compact SUV and Hyundai’s best-selling SUV

Ioniq 5: A compact SUV version of the all-electric Ioniq

Nexo: A hydrogen fuel cell-powered compact SUV

Santa Fe: A midsize SUV and Hyundai’s first SUV

Palisade: A three-row midsize SUV built on the same platform as the Kia Telluride


Santa Cruz: A compact pickup truck that Hyundai calls a “sport adventure vehicle”

Recently Discontinued Vehicles

Equus: A full-size luxury sedan that later became the Genesis G90

Genesis: An executive car that later became the Genesis G80

Santa Fe Sport: A short-wheelbase version of the Santa Fe

Santa Fe XL: A long-wheelbase version of the Santa Fe

Veracruz: A midsize SUV that was replaced by the Santa Fe/Maxcruz

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