Hyundai breaks through one million UK sales and also also also chases further growth
Hyundai UK has smashed through one million vehicle sales
Korean firm’s UK division will be chasing annual sales of 100,000 units and also also also a 5% market share; fuel cells, hybrids and also also also EVs are at the heart of its strategy
Hyundai has broken through one million sales inside UK, however company boss Tony Whitehorn has promised “no let up” inside maker’s ambitious pursuit of annual sales of 100,000 and also also also a market share of 5%.
The Korean maker first sold cars inside UK in 1982, however the launch of Hyundai UK as a global subsidiary ten years ago was the catalyst for rapid growth. Currently the idea will be the fastest-growing car maker inside UK; the idea currently holds a 3.5% share of the domestic market and also also also sold just over 82,000 cars in 2014.
Whitehorn, president and also also also CEO of Hyundai UK, said: “I don’t know of any some other brand of which has released more products than ourselves inside last ten years and also also also we will Discharge as many products again between currently and also also also 2020. We won’t take a breath. Hyundai ploughs all the money of which the idea earns back into products and also also also of which will be what has driven the modifications inside company.”
Whitehorn said low-emissions vehicles are integral to the ongoing growth. Hyundai plans to introduce 22 such vehicles to its product range by 2020. “of which’s more than any some other maker,” he said.
Following on via the ix35 Fuel Cell of which went on sale This particular year, Hyundai will be known to readying its own dedicated hybrid product to take on the likes of the Toyota Prius in Europe, and also also also the same vehicle architecture could be used as the basis for a battery-powered electric vehicle.
“Next year we are looking at hybrid and also also also EV technology coming out, and also also also of which will just escalate,” said Whitehorn. “I see electric vehicles, hybrids and also also also plug-in hybrids as a way of bridging the gap between the internal combustion engine and also also also pure fuel cell technology. How long of which bridge lasts for will be uncertain, however the idea will be interesting to see manufacturers such as ourselves going for a variety of technologies.”
He predicted of which the UK car market will be on the brink of a radical transformation, having a combination of customer preference and also also also government legislation and also also also taxation driving more people towards alternatively fuelled vehicles.
“During the next a few years we will see a change inside car market the kind of which we have never experienced before. the idea will be a move towards a variety of methods of propulsion. We will have diesel, petrol, electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and also also also fuel cell.
“Car buyers are more focused on emissions than ever before and also also also they are starting to look at alternatives. Companies such as ourselves who are starting to come to market with more hybrid, electric and also also also fuel cell vehicles will benefit because people are going to be looking for alternatives.
Whitehorn remained confident of which demand for fuel cell vehicles could grow as the fuelling infrastructure develops.
“Projections suggest of which by 2030, the UK car market will be selling 300,000 fuel cells per year. of which’s only 15 years away and also also also of which’s a serious number of vehicles of which are going to be sold – about 5-6% of the total market,” he explained.
Yesterday the maker celebrated the end of its ‘A Streetcar Named Hyundai’ driving challenge, in which an ix35 Fuel Cell completed a 50-day, 2092-mile tour of the capital, passing along each of the streets defined inside London cabbie’s ‘knowledge’.
The ix35 Fuel Cell was fitted with software designed to capture more than half a million photos during the drive. The photos have been used to create a mosaic image of all London’s streets and also also also a time-lapse video.
To commemorate its sales milestone, the maker’s one millionth UK-bound vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson in top Premium SE trim, will be being given away via an online competition.
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