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Of all the major automotive manufacturers in the world, Hyundai is the youngest, established in 1967. It wasn’t until the 1970s, when its first models made it to the market. In 1986, this automaker began marketing its first car in the U.S., the Excel.
Hyundai’s first model, the Cortina, and was built beginning in the late 1960s. In February 1986, the Hyundai Excel made its debut in the U.S. Two body styles were available: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Until 1994 when it was replaced by the Hyundai Accent.
The Excel was followed by the Hyundai Sonata, a midsize sedan and the brand’s best-selling model to this day. In 1990, the manufacturer released a compact model, the Hyundai Elantra, which is also still in production.
By the early 2000s, new models, including the Tiburon sport coupe, an upscale XG350 sedan, and the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV appeared. In 2005, a second SUV was released, the compact Tucson. A third SUV, the Hyundai Veracruz, was sold briefly beginning in the late 2000s.
By the late 2000s, Hyundai added the Entourage minivan, which was based on the Kia Sedona, and an Azera sedan. It also released its first high-end model, the Genesis sedan followed by the Genesis coupe.
New and updated models were released by Hyundai in rapid-fire succession, transforming Hyundai into a world-class brand with a variety of products. An all-new Sonata raised the bar for the midsize segment and a Hyundai Equus was also released. Additional products such as the sporty Hyundai Veloster were also released.