Hyundai breaks six million car sales mark in Europe

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Hyundai Motor has sold six million cars to European customers since the company began sales in the region in 1977. It took the company 19 years to sell its first million cars in the region. Since then it has taken less time to reach each subsequent milestone, with the latest one million cars sold in just over two years.

Demand for Hyundai vehicles in the region has been fuelled by investment in its local infrastructure, as part of the company’s strategy to build cars specifically to meet European customer needs. Hyundai has invested more than €3 billion in this infrastructure, including manufacturing, R&D and motor sport facilities.

Hyundai Key Facts

1977:      First Hyundai imported into Europe

1997:      First Hyundai production plant outside of Korea is built in Ízmit, Turkey

2000:     Hyundai Motor Europe GmbH established

2003:     Opening of R&D and Design Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany

2006:     Hyundai Motor Europe headquarters opens in Offenbach, Germany

2008:     First i30 is produced in Nošovice, Czech Republic

2013:      Opening of Hyundai testing centre at Nürburgring, Germany

Hyundai Motorsport GmbH and headquarters opened in Alzenau

€508 million investment brings New Generation i10 production to Europe

Underlining the success of its regional investment, 95 per cent of all cars Hyundai sells in Europe are designed and developed at the company’s European Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany and 90 per cent are built in the region at the company’s two production plants – in the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Both factories have significantly increased production capacity to meet European demands for Hyundai products. The Czech manufacturing plant builds 300,000 units per year. The Turkish facility now has an annual capacity of 200,000 units per annum, following the introduction of New Generation i10 production at the beginning of 2014.

The company’s sustained investment in the region benefits European citizens, with 152,000 people owing their jobs to the presence of Hyundai in Europe in 2012. This figure is an 18 per cent increase versus 2011, demonstrating the growing importance of the brand to the region. Hyundai made a European tax contribution of €1.3 billion in 2012 and purchased parts supplies worth €2 billion from within Europe during the same period.

The same day Hyundai announced it has broken the 6 million cars in Europe barrier, Nexen confirmed it is building a tyre factory alongside the company’s car plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic.

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