Korean Cars

All Korean car brands

Korean car manufacturers have always ranked high on the world market. The reason for this is that they always knew the price of their effort and created quality cars for the acceptable price. In Korea, there are numerous factories and car brands, but some of the most exceptional of those are Kia, Hyundai, Daewoo and SsangYong. Even though, it has not been long that they have been on the market, these brands have reached great success all over the world and compete with some of the major international companies like Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Audi and many others.

Korean Car Brands

Korean Car Brands

The originator of the automotive industry in Korea was Choi Mu-Seong, a businessman who, along with his two brothers, modified the original Jeep engine and created his first car on the bases of US military Jeep-style car body in 1955. The car was called the Sibal, which translates as “new start”. Later in 1960, the mass production began by Shinjin Automobiles (new beginning); they launched the Shinjin Publica with the help of Toyota. The Korean government decided to help the development of the local car industry and announced an “Automobile Industry Promotion Policy” in 1962. Overall, Korean car industry is the fifth largest as measured by automobile unit production and automobile export volume as well. Korea is also known for producing some of the most advanced vehicles in the world.

KIA

KIA logo

KIA logo

KIA is one great Korean car brand that first appeared on the market in 1944. However, they only created bicycles in the beginning. The company is headquartered in Seoul.
KIA’s popularity boosted when the Government gave them an order to create KIA K131, which became loved immediately. It can be said that KIA K131 defined the future of the brand. KIA models are known for its sophistication and comfort. The brand is still popular among the government officials.
In 2006, KIA set its focus on the design of its models and hired Peter Schreyer (who had previously worked at Audi and later at Volkswagen) as chief design officer. He had already won the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. The new designer had great plans at restyling the company and soon KIA had a recognizable look for its brand. Together, they created the Tiger Nose, which was a strong and distinctive signature grille. KIA’s new hatchback model has a super innovative parking system, which enables the car to park without the help of the driver. This is not the end of the development of the Korean brand and it still has a lot to prove.
KIA is second largest car manufacturer is Korea. Its sales exceed 2.7 million cars annually. This is not a surprise as KIA offers great combination of the price and quality.
In 2013, Hyundai Motor Company purchased 33.88% of the company.

Hyundai

Hyundai Logo

Hyundai Logo

Hyundai Motor Company is the largest car manufacturer in Korea, headquartered in Seoul. It is also the fifth largest car manufacturer in the world, based on the annual sales. The history of the brand dates back to 1967. It was founded by Chung Ju Yung, who was born in a family of poor farmers. Later, he became the founder of the first car manufacturing brand in Korea.
Hyundai has created some amazing models like Veloster, Santa fe, Elantra, Tucson, etc. Hyundai cars are rather different from any brand on the market nowadays. Their models are unique in their designs that stress the origins of the brand. Huyndai Veloster is the new type of vehicle with 3 doors; it did not take long for Veloster to reach success.
The company has shown a steady growth over the last few years through their clever investments in technology and advertising. The logo of the brand, the stylized H also has a great meaning behind it. It demonstrates two men, the buyer and the manufacturer shaking hands.
In 2012, Hyundai sold more than 4.4 million cars worldwide. The company has export to 193 countries through 6,000 dealerships and showrooms.

Daewoo

Daewoo Logo

Daewoo Logo

Tata Daewoo (officially Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Company) is nowadays a popular car manufacturer headquartered in Gunsan, Jeollabuk, It is the second-largest manufacturer of the heavy commercial cars in Korea. Daewoo vehicles are sold all over the world under both names the Daewoo and Tata Daewoo.
GM Daewoo Auto & Technology first appeared as National Motor in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea, in 1937. The name of the company was later changed to Saenara in 1962. And in 1965, Shinjin Motor purchased the company. Finally in 1982, Daewoo group got the brand back and changed its name to Daewoo Motor. The company started its expansion in 1990s. Daewoo itself was founded in 2002 and was known as Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Co. Ltd.
The company was acquired by Tata Motors in 2004. Tata Motors is one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in India.

SsangYong

SsangYong Logo

SsangYong Logo

SsangYong is another popular car manufacturer from South Korea. This brand is younger compared to the other car manufacturers in the country. The brand first started out as two individual companies: Dongbang Motor Co and Ha Dong-hwan. The two companies merged in 1963 and established Ha Dong-hwan Motor Co. Later next year, the company started building jeeps for the American Army, and shortly after that, it began the production of the trucks and buses. In 1991, SsangYong started technological partnership with Daimler-Benz.
Nowadays, SsangYong is the fourth largest car manufacturer in South Korea. The name of the brand means double dragon in Korean.
In 2011, 70% of the company was purchased by Indian Mahindra & Mahindra Limited.
Some of the most recent SsangYong models include the Rexton, the Rodius, the Kyron and the Actyon.