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Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) was founded in 1947 as Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. by Ju-Yung Chung:

  • HMC was established in 1967 and is the auto sales leader in the Korean domestic market and exports vehicles to 193 countries worldwide.
  • The Korean word "hyundai" signifies and reflects Hyundai's commitment to sell innovative, high-quality vehicles at the most affordable prices.
  • In August 2009, HMC passed Ford to become the 4th-largest auto manufacturer in the world, outselling Nissan, Honda and Chrysler.
  • HMC operates the world's largest integrated automobile manufacturing plant in Ulsan, on Korea's southeast coast, and at the Asan Plant, located southeast of Seoul.
  • The Namyang Technology Research Center in Korea includes a complete testing facility, a 2.8-mile oval test track and a $40 million wind tunnel that is capable of producing wind speeds of nearly 125 miles per hour.
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Hyundai conducts research at eight research centers in Korea and four international centers, including the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Hyundai/Kia Design Center in Irvine, California:

  • Hyundai's automotive technology centers employ approximately 4,100 researchers with an annual budget of 5% of current revenues.
  • Hyundai opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2005 with a capacity of 300,000 vehicles. Its first products were Sonata, starting with 2006, and the 2007 Santa Fe.
  • The proving ground in the California Mojave desert consists of 4,300 acres, with a 6.4-mile high-speed oval, 2.75-mile road course and a 3.3-mile hill road.

Current research projects include:

  • Electric-powered vehicles
  • Low-emission gasoline engines
  • Solar-powered vehicles
  • Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles
  • Other alternative fuel vehicles

Hyundai Manufacturing in America - "Made in America"

Hyundai Motor Corporation's $1.1 billion automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama, began production in March 2005, rolling out the all-new 2006 Sonata. This is the company's first assembly and manufacturing plant in the United States:

  • It employs approximately 2,000 people in Montgomery and the surrounding area.
  • Occupying 1,600 acres, it will produce 300,000 vehicles per year at maximum capacity.
HMC selected Montgomery, Alabama, for its first U.S. plant because of its high-quality workforce, its strategic location in proximity to American population centers, the superb automotive parts supply chain available in the region and the commitment shown by the state of Alabama and the city of Montgomery.

Hyundai in America

Hyundai Motor America (HMA), with its National Headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, is the U.S. sales and distribution arm of Hyundai Motor Company. HMA was established in 1986, currently has more than 800 dealers and distributes eleven vehicle lines through five regional distribution centers.

Regional Offices

Five regional offices provide Hyundai with a direct link to HMA's nationwide dealer network:

  • Central Region - Aurora, Illinois
  • Eastern Region - Jamesburg, New Jersey
  • South Central Region - Coppell, Texas
  • Southern Region - Marietta, Georgia
  • Western Region - Costa Mesa, California
Parts Distributuion Centers

To speed parts to dealerships, Hyundai maintains one of the nation's leading parts distribution systems that includes a computer network linking dealers to the parts warehouses. This arrangement ensures timely parts availability. Winning industry awards for timely delivery and having the parts on hand for dealer orders, Hyundai's parts warehouses are currently located in six U.S. cities:

  • Aurora, Illinois
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Jamesburg, New Jersey
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Ontario, California

Hyundai processes its vehicles through seven facilities (five port facilities, one manufacturing plant and one inland facility):

  • Port Hueneme, California
  • Brunswick, Georgia
  • Portland, Oregon
  • West Point, Georgia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Montgomery, Alabama - Manufacturing plant
  • National City, California - Our inland processing port receives vehicles by rail and then
    distributes them throughout the Midwest

Hyundai Capital America (HCA) serves Hyundai dealers nationwide with two types of financing:

  • Individual customer financing and leasing
  • Dealer inventory financing
Hyundai Hope on Wheels Program          

Funding Pediatric Cancer Research

The story begins in 1998 when a group of New England-area Hyundai dealers launched a local initiative to raise funds to support pediatric cancer through The Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. What started as a small contribution in a local market has evolved into Hyundai Hope On Wheels, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With the sale of every new Hyundai vehicle, Hyundai and our dealers make a contribution to Hyundai Hope On Wheels.

We would like to thank Hyundai and its dealers for their unwavering support as well as the doctors, researchers and hospital staffs for their tireless work. And we especially thank the children and families affected by cancer for their tremendous courage and strength that inspires us every day!

The Hyundai Scholar Grant program began in 2006. Each year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels visits children’s hospitals across the U.S. to donate funds and raise awareness. At every grant presentation, a “Handprint Ceremony” takes place. This is the program’s signature activity, which captures each child’s handprint. These handprints are placed on Hyundai cars that travel across the country to build colorful awareness of the program.

In 2011, Hyundai Hope On Wheels made a $10 million, 5-year commitment to establish the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange County, CA. This gift is the largest in the hospital's history, and has made special pediatric cancer projects possible.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels 2014 Program

2014 marks a significant milestone for the Hope On Wheels program – it makes the 16th year of the program and promises to be another successful step towards finding a cure for childhood cancer. Hope On Wheels has committed over $12 million in pediatric cancer research grants for 2014, and by the end of the year, Hope On Wheels will have awarded 50 Scholar Hope and Clinical Grants across the country. With these grants, Hope On Wheels will reach the $86 million mark in funding research and helping kids fight cancer.

The Hyundai Clinical Grant is a one-year $75,000 award available to young investigators pursing innovate research ideas. The Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant is a peer-reviewed two-year $250,000 award. Together, both grants are aimed at expanding the knowledge base of the disease and improving the standards of care.

Meet our 2014-2015 National Youth Ambassadors

We are proud to announce the 2014-2015 National Youth Ambassadors who will be travelling around the country sharing their stories of hope with children and families in need of support and solidarity. Ashley Burnette and Kenny Thomas will attend handprint ceremonies and raise awareness for childhood cancer. They will also speak at 5K races and special events as the voice of Hope On Wheels. In collaboration with Hope On Wheels, they extend their hands on behalf of all children battling cancer, while offering hope and inspiration to us all.

For more information on Hyundai Hope on Wheels, go to

  • Visit to order customizable merchandise such as magnets,   mugs, postcards and hats – up to 45% is donated back to Hope on Wheels.
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