Hyundai’s Year in Review: The Automaker’s Highlights from 2017
2017 been a game-changing year for Hyundai. Despite facing a decrease in sales this year, the automaker has announced big plans and model changes that are aimed to improve the brand’s prospects in coming years. If you missed what was happening with Hyundai this year, these were its highlights from 2017.
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Hyundai Announced a $3.1 Billion Investment in United States Operations
In January, Hyundai kicked off the year by announcing that it plans to invest $3.1 billion in its US operations over the next five years, double the amount of money the automaker spent in the USA in the past five years. With Hyundai considering building another manufacturing plant on our soil, it’s safe to say that Hyundai isn’t planning on leaving the country.
Hyundai Ioniq Released, Entering US Market for Purchase
After seeing and hearing all about Hyundai’s brand-new electric vehicle, the Ioniq—starting with the Hybrid powetrain version—was delivered to dealerships at the end of February, along with information on the pricing and trim features.
Redesigned Sonata and Accent Revealed for 2018
During auto show season in the first quarter of 2017, Hyundai showed off the new looks of multiple models from its lineup. The new Accent subcompact car debuted at the Canadian International Auto Show (READ MORE), while the Sonata showed its new face at the New York Auto Show in April (READ MORE).
Hyundai Tests Revolutionary Drone Delivery System for Vehicle Purchases… NOT!
In a convincingly elaborate and practical April Fool’s prank, Hyundai announced that it would be delivering its vehicles to customers’ homes using programmed drones. While the news wasn’t actually true, it was memorable as the funniest thing Hyundai produced all year.
Lineup Changes for 2018 Impact Veloster and Azera
While some of Hyundai’s models continue to sell well, others haven’t had the same success. To revise its lineup and make room for new models, Hyundai announced that it would be retiring the Azera sedan (READ MORE) and skipping the 2018 model year for the Veloster to redesign it for 2019 (READ MORE).
Hyundai Begins Rolling Out New Crossovers, Beginning with the Kona
Hyundai announced recently that it had plans to introduce a whole slew of brand-new and heavily reworked crossover SUVs for its lineup by 2020. This effort to improve long-term sales by relying less on sedan sales began with the debut of a brand-new compact crossover for the global market: the 2018 Hyundai Kona.
i30N Is the First Entry in Hyundai’s Performance Sub-brand
In addition to breaking into the luxury market with its Genesis sub-brand and the electric vehicle market with its Ioniq, Hyundai has been working on the launch of its N performance sub-brand. Its first entry, the i30N was revealed in late 2017, though the model won’t be available in the USA.
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