Rarely Known Data and Facts About Hyundai
The World’s First Hydrogen Car Manufacturer
In 2013, Hyundai introduced the ix35, based on Tucson, the world’s first mass-sale hydrogen fuel. The reason they made the car was because they believed that hydrogen would be part of the means of transportation. Whether it’s a private vehicle, public transportation, commercial vehicle or whatever. Currently, the Hyundai Nexo is Hyundai’s only mass-sold hydrogen car. The electric motor is capable of driving up to 660.8 km with full hydrogen to charge the battery. The only emission is water.
In 2018, Hyundai again launched a hydrogen-fueled vehicle, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), NEXO. Hyundai’s seriousness does not stop there. The South Korean vehicle manufacturer is also developing the world’s first hydrogen-powered large truck, the XCIENT Fuel Cell. This truck is scheduled to be released in 2023.
At the Hydrogen Wave event which took place in September 2021, Hyundai officially announced their latest vision, namely Hydrogen Vision 2040. This vision aims to encourage the use of hydrogen in people around the world by 2040. Hyundai Group Chairman Euisun Chung said, his party will implement a material cell system fuel hydrogen into broader fields beyond transportation, from daily activities to infrastructure development.
“Hyundai Motor Group’s vision is to apply hydrogen energy to all areas of activity and industry, such as at home, at work, and in factories. The goal is to make hydrogen accessible to everyone,” Chung said as quoted from the official Hyundai Motor Company website.
The First Hyundai Car Still Linked To… MINI?
Junk car buyers Pony is their first product. Many think that this car has a relationship with Mitsubishi. Alias just change the design. But not only that. If you look at Hyundai lately being very European, they’ve actually been doing that for a long time. It started with catching George Turnbull, former Managing Director of Austin Morris, the maker of the Mini Cooper. He then invited five other British engineers, one of them was John Crosthwaite, a chassis expert who worked at BRM, a successful chassis manufacturer in the racing world.
Turnbull Cs is based on the Morris Marina sedan, which actually performs poorly and is often a joke among British car enthusiasts. But for the Pony, a major adjustment was made. Plus the drive system provided by Mitsubishi. As a result, the first car made in South Korea was widely praised. It has a fairly long life, produced from 1975-1990.
Ten Years Machine Warranty
Every car manufacturer has a goal of being successful in the United States (or China). So does Hyundai. In 1986 they signed with the Hyundai Excel. Great success. Having many names — Pony, Pony Exel, Presto — the Hyundai Excel sold 168,882 units in its first year. Crowned as the best-selling debut car in the history of the United States. But cutting costs, by the manufacturer, makes this car unreliable. Dealers can also profit from repairs, not sales.
Defensive steps taken. In order to remove the bad image, they invest heavily in the areas of design, quality and research. Then added a product warranty for two years or 24,000 miles (38,400 km). Even crazier, they give an engine warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles. Confidence in this quality, makes the American automotive market rethink about the quality of Hyundai.
The World’s Largest Production Facility
Hyundai has a massive car manufacturing facility. What is meant by massive here is not only the big factories. Hyundai’s assembly center in Ulsan, South Korea has an area of eight square kilometers. 1.6 million cars leave this facility every year, worked on by 34,000 workers.
The road network connects five factories and has a hospital, fire station, sewage treatment well and spectacularly has its own port!
In the United States Not to Lose
In 2006, Toyota Sales America leader Yukitoshi Funo said, “Our competitors (in America) are Honda, Nissan and Hyundai. But what we really pay attention to is only Hyundai. Funo-san’s words were now proven. Hyundai has a $30 million dollar assembly facility in Irvine, California.
Compare that to their investment in Indonesia, which was US$1.15 million. The Technical Center for America is even more spectacular. The investment reached US $ 117 million. The result has just appeared in the format of a double cabin pickup, the Santa Cruz. The lightweight pickup is made at their factory in Alabama.
In the past they employed British people. This decade hijacked German engineers. Hyundai has invested heavily in hiring experts whose profiles are quite high-profile. The one that shines the most is Albert Biermann, a former executive of the BMW M Division. Biermann’s brain produces one of the best BMW M3s from the E46 family as well as the best M5 (external media says) from the E39 fam. Biermann’s science in processing ordinary cars so fast is applied to Hyundai. One of them is the one at the Mandalika Circuit, so it’s a safety car.
Amazingly, not just Biermann. Hyundai also recruited Thomas Schemera, the former leader of BMW M and BMW Individual BMW America. His position at Hyundai is head of the Motorsport and Performance vehicle Division. For its subsidiaries. Fayez Abdul Rahman is trusted to be the VP of the vehicle architecture development division for the Genesis brand, a Hyundai luxury brand like Lexus. Fayez Abdul Rahman is the person responsible for developing the platform on which the BMW 7 Series, BMW X-series and M cars are used.
Italic H Logo Meaning
Often compared to the H logo from Honda, this slanted Hyundai logo has a unique meaning. The letter H can describe two people shaking hands, symbolizing trust and cooperation. Then why tilt? Well, if it symbolizes progress or progress.