“Hyundai Motor Company» (Hyundai Motor Company) – South Korean company specializing in the production of cars. Headquartered in Seoul. In the wake of the post-war building boom Hyundai Construction founded in December 1967 the company Hyundai Motor, thus contribute to the establishment of transport and engineering industries of South Korea. In 1968, the company Hyundai, originally known as the shipbuilding and engineering company in various fields of civil engineering, started to manufacture cars. Initially, the firm produced under the license of the car Ford Cortina MK I («Ford Cortina MK I»). In 1973 he began working development department, headed by George Turnbull. Using design contribution Giorgio Giugiaro and his ItalDesign and production know-how from Japan and the UK, Hyundai was able to start production of its first model. As a result, in 1985 there was model Hyundai-Pony 1.3. This sub-compact has been focused on the middle class society and immediately won success in the domestic market of Korea. In the late 70s the company first started exporting cars and gained invaluable experience in overseas markets. In the 1980s, cars, once considered a symbol of prosperity in the Korean society, are now no more than a means of transportation. By the mid 80’s Hyundai has successfully established itself in the export markets of Canada and the United States. A number of models has been adapted for export markets. Development of compact models did not stop. By the end of the 80s the company learned the lessons of the game in the big leagues, and the United States prepare for the next decade and continuously increasing competition. By 1990, the total volume of exports to the US exceeded one million cars. The first show car Hyundai Sonata took place in the autumn of 1988. In 1993 and in 1998 was upgraded Sonata. The car partially used machines manufactured under license from Mitsubishi. In 1990 it was launched a multi-year commitment of Hyundai to develop their own technologies. In 1991, the company unveiled its first, designed in-house engine Alpha. Two years later came the engine Beta. For the first time cars Lantra (Elantra in Korea) have appeared in the European market in the autumn of 1990 The second generation Lantra/ElanIra elegant body was published in 1995 on the basis of a five-door five-seater sedan is available five-seater wagon Hyundai Lantra Wagon. In April 2000, the Prime Minister held a Korean family of third-generation Elantra (type XD), and in Europe, the model showed quite unexpectedly in June at the Turin Motor Show. In January 1992 the world public for the first time received a vision of the future of the brand Hyundai, having seen the first concept car HCD-I, which established a tradition of creating original concept cars, including a series of HCD. The model with a body sports coupe Hyundai HCD-II, introduced in 1992, was released a small batch. The car was aimed at a market sector interested prestigious cars, but considering similar European models are too expensive. The company has made great strides in the development of electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles and key industrial technologies, such as reducing the volume of exhaust, improving the security and processing of waste materials. In September 1994, the company introduced a new generation of the X-3 called Accent (in some countries is still Rop). Design Concept Hyundai Pony gradually evolved from the angular forms of the first series of X-1 a few sleek design series X-2 to the fish-like image of the last series Accent X-3. In the fall of 1999, the premiere European Accent II generation. At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1996, the first show of the sports coupe Hyundai Coupe (US Hyundai Tiburon). In late 1999 model Coupe (in Korea and the United States – Tiburon) seriously refreshed. The first show car Hyundai Atoz held in the autumn of 1997. In the autumn of 1999 was updated model, which became known as the Hyundai Prime. In 1998 at the Geneva Motor Show will be updated SUV – Hyundai Galloper II. The basis for the first four-wheel drive cars Hyundai Galloper (Racehorse) was the Mitsubishi Pajero first generation, which was manufactured from 1981 to 1991. Successor SUV Galloper became Terracan. In 1998, Hyundai Motor Company is going through hard times due to a sharp decline in domestic sales. However, a number of new models, starting with the EF Sonata and XG, Hyundai has brought the highest assessment of the international automotive press. It was a period of corporate and industrial restructuring. The acquisition of Kia/Asia Motors and merging HPI and HMS helped Hyundai achieve high economic indicators to compete in the global market. 1999 was a time for Hyundai Motor active and fruitful work. Following the success of EF Sonata and XG HMC offers to the public four recent developments: Centennial, the new Accent, the updated Coupe and Trajet. Trajet Hyundai was the first step in the segment MPV. This model expanded the range of products Hyundai. Model Luxury Dynasty in 1999 was upgraded. HYUNDAI Equus (in Europe – Centennial) – high-end models. Equus appeared simultaneously with a related Mitsubishi Proudia in 1999. Designed for senior government officials and presidents of corporations, and therefore equipped accordingly. The first show vsedorozhnika Santa Fe took place in January 1999 at the Detroit Auto Show. In 2000, the XG / Grandeur XG has not changed, it’s front-wheel drive luxury sedan is unified on the chassis with Sonata. The model is fully consistent with the most stringent European and American safety standards, very well staffed and relatively inexpensive. In addition, Hyundai Motor signed a formal partnership agreement and became the exclusive automotive sponsor of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. The sponsorship package covers all activities of the FIFA, in particular women’s World Cup, the Confederations Cup and the World Cup among children and youth teams. Hyundai Motor Company has completed a very successful 1999: exports broke all previous records and reached almost 701,000 vehicles, while domestic sales have almost reached pre-crisis levels. Restoration of the Korean economy and the revival of demand for cars allowed Hyundai Motor to strengthen its position in the domestic market and compete with other brands on a global scale. The new millennium has expanded the horizons of Hyundai Motor Company, is now focusing on strengthening its global presence. In July 2001, one of the largest foreign Hyundai plant in Chennai. India, began production of the new Sonata, and the factory NMS in Turkey mastered the production of H-1 van. Hyundai Motor Company and DaimlerChrysler AG established a joint venture for the production of commercial vehicles, which will be called Daimler Hyundai Truck Corporation. In June 2001, both companies announced plans to co-production since 2004 diesel engines for commercial vehicles Mercedes-Benz 900 series in the Hyundai plant in Jeonju. It is planned that the plant will annually produce up to 100,000 engines for trucks Mercedes-Benz 900-Series. Currently, the South Korean firm optimistic about their prospects. In Europe, selling well model Accent, Lantra, Lantra Combi, Coupe and Sonata, and a new H1 Starex minivan and small car MX, made its debut at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.