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Hyundai celebrates two million cars sold in Australia


Hyundai Australia has been selling cars since 1986, with the two millionth car delivered being a Hyundai Kona in Western Australia

Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) has announced it has reached a significant milestone in its history of selling cars in Australia, with the two millionth new Hyundai going to its new owners this month. 

The two millionth vehicle was a Hyundai Kona purchased in Western Australia. 

Hyundai has announced that it took 26 years to sell one million cars locally, however it took just a further 11 years to sell the next million cars, clearly showing the increase in popularity and growing market share of the brand since its inception in Australia back in 1986. 

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Hyundai has sold its two-millionth car in Australia

Hyundai’s best-seller remains to be the i30 small car, however it offers a broad range of combustion and electric vehicles, including:

2024 Hyundai Sonata N-Line front angle driving shot
The new Hyundai Sonata N-Line

A quick history lesson on HMCA in Australia

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Hyundai cars have been sold in Australia since 1986

Hyundai motor vehicles were first sold in Australia in 1986, with the first vehicle sold locally being the Excel small car. 

Also called the Pony Excel or Accent in other markets, the South Korean small car was popular at the time off the back of super-sharp “990” driveaway pricing.

The Excel later became something of a cult favourite with a dedicated one-model racing series here in Australia. 

In 2003, the Hyundai Motor Company Australia business was established as a subsidiary of South Korean-based Hyundai Motor Company.

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It’s been 20 years since Hyundai Motor Company Australia was founded

By 2004, Hyundai had already sold a total of 500,000 cars on Aussie shores. 

Other key milestones include:

  • Adopting a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty (2005)
  • First million vehicles sold (2012)
  • Opening a hydrogen refuelling station at Macquarie Park HQ, NSW (2015)
  • First N car launched (2018) 
  • Launch of the Ioniq electric brand in 2021. 

Interesting facts about the Hyundai brand 

The Hyundai logo, although obviously a slanted H, also represents two figures shaking hands: the salesperson and the customer. 

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Hyundai’s badge also represents two people shaking hands!

As well as building passenger vehicles, Hyundai produces heavy construction equipment including wheel loaders and excavators.

Hyundai’s vehicles appear in real life, but they also appear in video games, with zombie editions of several Hyundai cars being used in the video game version of The Walking Dead

The brand’s largest vehicle production facility is in Ulsan, South Korea, and is an incredible 5,000,000 metres square in size, or roughly the same area as 936 football fields. The plant is easily double the size of the entire Sydney central business district.

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