Explained: What Do the Names of the Hyundai Models Mean?
As one of the automakers which hasn’t yet resorted to coded number-letter combinations for its model names, Hyundai Motors’ lineup is filled with unique vehicle titles. If you’ve ever wondered where the names of these Hyundai cars originated and what they mean, we have the answers.
Where Did Hyundai Models Get Their Names?
|Elantra||Comes from the word “elation;” reflects the vehicle’s ability to lift one’s spirits when driven. Originally known as the Lantra overseas.|
|Sonata||From the Latin “sonare” (sound), named after a type of musical composition involving varying sections. The name shows how beauty can be found in contrasting elements.|
|Genesis||Greek for “beginning,” the name was given for being the brand’s first foray into the luxury market.|
|Tucson||Directly named after the city in Arizona, it stirs up images of the wilderness (desert and mountains) to reflect the vehicle’s outdoorsy appeal.|
|Santa Fe||Also taken from an American city’s name, the New Mexican namesake also lends to a sense of outdoor adventure.|
|Veloster||A combination of “velocity” and “roadster.” Despite not technically being a roadster (open-top two-seater), its name invokes swift, speedy motion.|
|Azera||The most mysterious of Hyundai’s names, the term “azera” is an Italian word for an Azerbaijani woman, and it’s a feminine name of Pakistani/Arabic descent.|
|Equus||Latin for “horse” or “steed,” to indicate the athletic, natural performance of the vehicle.|
|Accent||A linguistic symbol used to denote sharpened or heightened pitch; the term reflects the sharp, heightened design and movement of the car.|
|IONIQ||As an electric vehicle, it’s a combination of the term “ion” (an electrically-charged atom) and “unique.”|