Did you know that Hyundai is the third-largest vehicle manufacturer in the world? The Hyundai Motor Group employs more than 75,000 people around the globe and sells vehicles in 193 countries (comprising about 5,000 dealerships and showrooms). That’s one big auto company.
Although you’ll spot Hyundai vehicles all over the world, there are a few particular countries where Hyundai is far more popular than other vehicle brands. Let’s see which countries are ultra-enthusiastic about Hyundai.
Panama and Dominican Republic
Hyundai is the most popular car brand, so far as sales go, in both the Dominican Republic and Panama.
In 2017, the Hyundai Tuscon was the most popular vehicle in the Dominican Republic by sales. One of the main reasons that Hyundai is popular in the Dominican Republic is because of its affordability. The country imports lots of hybrid Hyundai vehicles that can use LPG fuel, which is more affordable for middle-class people in the country. And, of course, Hyundai vehicles are very reliable.
The Kia Rio was the most sold vehicle in Panama in 2017 (Hyundai owns about 33% of Kia). This is probably also because of affordability. Since Hyundai is so efficient at manufacturing, they’re able to export vehicles at better prices. It doesn’t hurt that South Korea only needs to load a few vehicles onto a cargo ship and send them straight across the Pacific to Panama.
Hyundai is currently the third most popular vehicle brand in the Philippines. And that’s pretty impressive when you think about the stiff competition in that region from Japanese automakers. Toyota and Mitsubishi are the two top-selling brands, but it’s impressive that Hyundai was able to beat out Nissan and Honda in sales.
Geography is definitely a factor in the high Hyundai sales—South Korea and Japan are located just north of the Philippines. But Filipinos love the quality and durability of Hyundai vehicles, and that’s why they sit comfortably as the third highest-selling brand.
In 2017, the Hyundai Accent was the top-selling vehicle in Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia continues to modernize, sedans and hatchback vehicles are becoming more widespread among the middle class, so it’s no wonder that Hyundai was able to capitalize.
Hyundai is also popular in nearby Syria (the Hyundai Elantra is so far the most popular vehicle of 2019 in that country). Amazingly, Hyundai and Kia are the only two car manufacturers that have been able to maintain a strong presence in Syria through its political struggles. Sometimes it’s not necessarily the quality of a vehicle that determines its sales—it’s the number of competitors it has. On that note, Hyundai probably has such a difficult time in the United States because of how much competition there is (don’t forget about Hyundai, guys—if you’re looking for a new vehicle, find car dealerships for Hyundai).
Hyundai is a hugely popular brand in Russia. In both 2016 and 2017, the Hyundai Solaris (a modified version of the Hyundai Accent) was the highest-selling vehicle in that Eastern European nation. The company had opened a new manufacturing plant in Russia in the early 2010s so that it could localize its operations and produce more small-sized vehicles that were better for the market.
Here’s what’s amazing: the Hyundai Solaris was the first foreign-branded car to become the highest-selling vehicle in Russia. It faced tough competition from Russian automaker Avtovaz and Avtotor, as well as Volkswagen and Ford. That Hyundai was able to rise above the competition is a testament to the quality of their vehicles.
In 2017, the Hyundai Santro was the best-selling vehicle in Nepal. Today, the Hyundai Tuscon is also popular there, which makes sense because Nepal is a mountainous country and the Tuscon is a vehicle that’s well equipped for excursions through the wilderness. SUVs are the most popular vehicles overall in Nepal.
Unsurprisingly, Hyundai is the most popular vehicle in its home country of South Korea (we’re guessing they don’t sell as well in North Korea). Hyundai’s flagship vehicle, the Hyundai Grandeur (also known as the Hyundai Azera), is usually the top-selling vehicle in South Korea. Fun fact: there’s also going to be a hybrid version of that car.
Did we miss any countries where Hyundai is popular? Let us know in the comments!