It’s official: according to worldwide sales numbers recently published by The Truth About Cars, Hyundai has surpassed Ford to become the world’s fourth largest automaker. In 2010, Hyundai sold some 5,744,018 units worldwide, compared to Ford’s 5,313,000. Toyota remains on the top of the list with 8,557,351 units sold, followed by GM with 8,389,769 and VW with 7,140,000. Ford was hampered by disappointing sales in the EU and by an insubstantial presence in China, where Hyundai is a significant player.
I promise more on Hyundai next week, include behind-the-scenes photos from their Montgomery manufacturing facility and a review of the new Elantra, but I’ll say this: after seeing Hyundai’s U.S. manufacturing facility and meeting with their product people, it’s no accident or coincidence that Hyundai is now in the fourth spot. It probably won’t take long for them to move past VW, either, as Hyundai has some of the most modern manufacturing facilities in the world. They also have a dedicated and highly motivated workforce, who take an extreme amount of pride in the products they produce. If you haven’t considered Hyundai before, you may want to give them another look; not only are they a value leader in their segments, but I’d put their quality on par with any other manufacturer on the market today.