Hyundai has sold five million vehicles in Europe since the first Hyundai Pony was imported in 1977. The five millionth vehicle was the Hyundai i30; this car was first introduced in Europe in 2007 and has subsequently sold just over 320,000 units. The Hyundai i30 was not only the first Hyundai product designed and engineered to appeal specifically to the tastes of European consumers, it was also the first of the company’s products to carry the ‘i’ prefix, establishing a system of nomenclature that continues today.
All Hyundai models get 5-speed manual transmission except the 2.0-litre which has a 6-speed box and a four-speed automatic which is available with the 1.6-litre engines in the Premium trim level. The Hyundai i30 1.4 is capable of 46.3 mpg and has co2 emissions of 119/km and all Hyundai models come with high levels of specification as standard and a five year unlimited mileage warranty.
The Hyundai i30 has been followed by new models such as the Hyundai i10 and Hyundai i20, as well as an increasingly diverse range of models that includes the ix20 compact MPV and ix35 SUV all of which have Europe-focused styling, powertrains and packaging. The arrival of these game-changing cars have contributed to Hyundai’s increasing market share in Europe to a record 2.6% in 2010 and moving total sales up to five million since imports began.