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Hyundai was founded as a small construction firm by Chung Ju-yung in 1947. Hyundai Construction began operating outside of South Korea in 1965, initially entering the markets of Guam, Thailand and Vietnam.
In 1986 a Hyundai-manufactured IBM PC-XT compatible called the Blue Chip PC was sold in discount and toy stores throughout the US. It was one of the earliest PC clones marketed toward consumers instead of business.
Hyundai announced a major management restructuring in December 1995, affecting 404 executives.
In April 1999 Hyundai announced a major corporate restructuring, involving a two-thirds reduction of the number of business units and a plan to break up the group into five independent business groups by 2003.
By the mid-1990s Hyundai comprised over 60 subsidiary companies and was active in a diverse range of activities including automobile manufacturing, construction, chemicals, electronics, financial services, heavy industry and shipbuilding. In the same period it had total annual revenues of around US$90 billion and over 200,000 employees.
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Hyundai branded vehicles are manufactured by Hyundai Motor Company, which along with Kia comprises the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Hyundai operates the world's largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, which is capable of producing 1.6 million units annually. The company employs about 75,000 people around the world. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms worldwide. In 2012, Hyundai sold over 4.4 million vehicles worldwide. Popular models include the Sonata and Elantra mid-sized sedans.
The Asan Foundation, established by Chung Ju-yung in 1977 with 50 percent of the stock of Hyundai Construction, subsidizes medical services in Korea primarily through the Asan Medical Center and six other hospitals. The foundation has sponsored conferences on Eastern ethics and funded academic research into traditional Korean culture. In 1991, it established the annual Filial Piety Award.
While paying a lower purchase price for the same car model used rather than new is the obvious reason to buy a used car, there are others as well.
Reed says new cars typically depreciate about 20 percent when they are driven off the lot. Most cars will lose another 10 percent in value during the first year.
Because a used car has less value than a newer version, the cost of insurance should be less. Reed says even more money can be saved because some elements of car insurance can be dropped.
As with car insurance, the fee that states charge to register a car is often based on the car’s transaction price, Reed says.
You may not be able to afford that new luxury car you’ve lusted for, but one that’s two or three years old may fit your budget.
“Buying someone else’s problems” was how some have described buying a used car. Today’s consumer can minimize the risk and save money while avoiding hidden problems.