Happy birthday, Hyundai USA!

Amidst all of the Winter Olympics hoopla, we missed an important milestone-- on February 17th, Hyundai Motor Company celebrated its 20th year in the U.S.

The automaker has obviously matured greatly in such a short time. Starting with one vehicle (the Excel, which the article fails to mention), Hyundai’s lineup now includes the Accent, Elantra, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tiburon, and the Tucson. The XG350, the company’s former flagship, has been retired in favor of the Azera (pictured).

But more important is how the company’s reputation has changed. According to J.D. Power & Associates, it ranks as the fourth-largest foreign automaker in the U.S.-- third among non-luxury brands. Said Owen Koh, president and CEO of the company: "We are extremely proud of the progress Hyundai has made in the United States over the past twenty years.”

Congratulations, Hyundai. Can't wait to see what you do in the next twenty years.

[Source: TheAutoChannel.com]

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