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Hyundai’s Year in Review: The Automaker’s Highlights from 2017

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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.

2017 Hyundai Awards: Check out the honors that the Sonata earned

Hyundai’s 7 Biggest Moments from 2017

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Hyundai press conference at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid electric car EV white Chicago Auto Show

2017 Hyundai Ioniq at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

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.

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2018 Hyundai Accent subcompact car debut at Canadian Auto Show (1)

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).


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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.

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2017 Hyundai Azera Limited silver luxury sedan Chicago Auto Show pictures

2017 Azera at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

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).


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2018 Kona reveal at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

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.

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Hyundai i30 N hatchback car reveal footage

Footage of the i30N on the track

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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