Hyundai Motor Company is an auto manufacturer that is based in Seoul, South Korea, and was founded in 1967. Hyundai Motor Company and its subsidiary, Kia Motors, is one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world, and Hyundai operates the world’s largest auto manufacturing plant, in Ulsan, South Korea. This facility, which is capable of producing 1.6 million vehicles a year, is crucial to Hyundai’s global distribution strategy. Currently, Hyundai passenger cars, including Hyundai sport utility vehicles, are sold in 193 different countries. Hyundai’s passenger cars and SUVs are known for being reliable and providing good value, especially in the North American market, where the Hyundai and Kia brands have gained solid market share.
One of the Hyundai brand’s most well known passenger cars is the Hyundai Santa Fe crossover. This Hyundai sport utility vehicle went into production in 2000 as a 2001 model year vehicle, and it is still available. Based on the time of its introduction in the United States, it was in direct competition with the Ford Escape and Pontiac Aztek sport utility vehicles, although the Santa Fe managed to become Hyundai’s best selling vehicle and helped the brand improve its public perception. The Santa Fe is a mid size SUV based on a platform borrowed from the Hyundai Sonata, and it is a front engine vehicle available with either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive capability. As of the 2012 model year, Hyundai expanded the Santa Fe lineup to include the Sport model, a regular wheelbase Santa Fe with seating capacity for five occupants, and an extended wheelbase model, which was added to fill the gap in the Hyundai lineup from the departing Hyundai Veracruz.
The Veracruz was another mid size crossover in the Hyundai sport utility vehicle lineup, and was available from 2007 until 2012. It was assembled in Hyundai’s Ulsan, South Korea, production facility, and was sold in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, South Korea, China, the Middle East, and parts of Europe and Asia. At the time of its introduction, the Veracruz was the brand’s largest crossover sport utility vehicle, although it was based on the platform from the smaller Hyundai Santa Fe. For the 2011 model year refresh, the Veracruz was moved to a platform borrowed from the Kia Sorento, although the vehicle was discontinued shortly thereafter. Another new Hyundai sport utility vehicle, the Tucson compact crossover, was introduced in 2004 and sales remain strong. The Hyundai Tucson is produced in Hyundai assembly plants around the world, and is also sold in a variety of global markets.