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  • Hyundai
    Established in 1967 in South Korea, Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) made its first car model in 1968, with assistance from Ford Motor Company, before releasing its first Korean car in 1975. The company established Hyundai Motor America (HMA) in 1986 and placed one model on the American market. The car's affordability meant fast sales but with its poor quality, sales declined over the next two years. In 1988, HMC started funding continuing research in to its vehicles' quality, design and production. This reflects the company's modernity, which is the meaning of 'hyundai' in Korean. HMC reported US$57.2 billion worth in South Korean sales in 2004, with global sales of more than 2.5 million vehicles in 2005. The present headquarters of HMA is in Fountain Valley, California. Its manufacturing plants and research & development centers are located in North America. The Hyundai range of sedans; sport utility vehicles; coupes, and concept cars, all bear its logo: a slanted 'H' representing two people - the company and customer - shaking hands.
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  • Kia
    Kia was founded in 1944 in Seoul, South Korea as a manufacturer of steel tubing and bicycle parts. The name of the company is derived from the Chinese meaning "to arise, or coming up out of Asia." It gradually expanded its manufacturing to building motor scooters, after successfully producing the first bicycle in Korea in the 1950's. A decade later, the company had included 3-wheel cargo vehicles and motorcycles in its production line. By the 1970's, the next step was automobile production, establishing Sohari, the first fully integrated assembly plant in Korea. Other automobile manufacturers adopted its highly advanced technology, and the company rapidly added new and better models to its inventory. Kia was introduced in the U.S. under its own name in the early 1990's, primarily in dealerships in Western states. However, as demand for their economical vehicles grew and SUVs were included in its lineup, more and more customers discovered the versatility of the company. Today, it has dealerships in every major country around the world.
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  • Daewoo
    The Daewoo Group was founded by Kim Woo-Jung in March 1967. He was the son of the Provincial Governor of Daegu. Daewoo Motors arrived in the UK in 1995. At the time, it was the only manufacturer not using traditional dealerships; it owned and operated its own retail network. It was once considered to be near the top 10 motor companies in terms of production. Daewoo Group ran into deep financial trouble in 1998 due to the Asian financial crisis, increasingly thin relationships with the Korean government under President Kim Dae Jung, and its own poor financial management. With the Korean government in deficit, traditional reliance on access to cheap and nearly unlimited credit was severely restricted. Daewoo was forced to sell off its automotive arm, Daewoo Motors, to General Motors by the Kim administration. Since then, GM has been moving to rebadge Daewoo cars as the low-end models for many brands, including Chevrolet and Pontiac. GM was sued by Daewoo's former U.S. dealer network over this practice, since they no longer had new Daewoo cars to sell. In 2004, General Motors pulled the Daewoo brand of vehicles out of Australia and New Zealand, citing irreparable brand damage. Later that same year, GM announced that Daewoo Motors in Europe would change its name to Chevrolet on 1 January 2005. In 2005, it was announced that Daewoo cars would have a Holden badge in Australia and New Zealand. In South Africa, Thailand and the Middle East, Daewoo models were already being sold as Chevrolets. Only in South Korea and Vietnam does the Daewoo marque survive. The Daewoo commercial vehicle manufacturer was taken over by Tata Motors - the world's 5th largest medium and heavy commercial vehicle manufacturer.
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