How did Hyundai get to be the best selling car in Ireland?

Written 3 years ago by Rebecca Donnelly



Hyundai has been making cars since the 60’s, their first car passenger car was made in conjunction with Ford and was called the Cortina. The later hired George Turnbull, the former Managing Director of Austin Morris at British Leyland to make the first car that started the fortunes of Hyundai, the Pony. It was designed by men from the UK who were used to making things in sheds with names like John, Edward, Peter and another John this car was going to be good and with styling by Giorgio Giugiaro, there was no doubt that Hyundai was about to make a mark. They exported to South America and subsequently the USA and Canada before moving on to Europe.


Things weren’t as straight forward here as we are a bit snobby about brands and heritage so it took Hyundai a bit longer to get going over here. What at first was a trickle of cars on the roads of Ireland has now become a flood and a decent range of cars from the Hyundai brand is responsible.

Another thing Hyundai have in its favour is making sure that they keep a good selection of European designers on hand so that the design of the cars remains very sharp. There is something about the Asian look that goes down well here these days, it also helps that Hyundai have a five-year warranty, are reasonably priced and have a good level of kit.


The Tucson is a great example of what Hyundai do well because on the face of it the Tucson looks like another cross-over in the same vain as Nissan did with the Qashqai but there’s much more to it than that. The Tucson is a reasonably spacious crossover and is ideal for growing families. Four six-footers won’t have any trouble getting comfortable in the Tucson, thanks to a roomy cabin that’s near the top of the class space-wise. Room in the boot is competitive as well; with the back seats in place, there are 513 litres on offer. This swells to 1,503 litres with the seats folded which is larger than most of the rivals.


Successfully launching a new model into the hugely competitive family crossover class is a tough thing to do, but the Hyundai Tucson is a worthy rival to the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Renault Kadjar, boasting great kit levels and competitive pricing. Don’t forget the five-year warranty and optional fixed service cost and you’ll find the Tucson is a worthy number one seller.