On this day in auto history - September 2nd

Thu 2nd Sep 2021

It was on this day in 2007 that Hyundai launched its all-new i30 model in the UK - the multi-award vehicle which is credited with underpinning its impressive growth in the UK.

The small family car, manufactured at the South Korean giant's Czech Republic facility, was well-received from the outset and helped the brand move away from the cheap and cheerful budget cars it had been associated with in the past.

Aiming its sights on models such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, the Hyundai i30 drew particular praise for its generous amount of standard equipment, the efficiency and relative ‘greenness’ of its engine range as well as its five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Now on its third generation, the Hyundai i30 remains in high demand and has contributed massively to Hyundai’s meteoric rise in the UK which has seen it enjoy nine consecutive years of growth and snare an almost 4% market share - a number unthinkable just a decade ago.

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