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The Hyundai Sonata was originally released in Korea
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The Hyundai Sonata was originally released in Korea and Canada in 1985, but the vehicle was held back from a U.S. release until 1989 model since it didn't meet U.S. emissions standards. The 1989 Sonata was equipped with Mitsubishi?s 2.4-liter, 110 hp ?Sirius? inline engine and became the preferred choice of Hyundai owners with large families.(Credit: Hyundai)

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Hyundai cars through the years

Founded in 1967 by engineer and craftsman Chung Ju-Yung, the South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co. was originally an offshoot of Ju-Yung's Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. In 1975, Hyundai unveiled its first car in Korea, and by 1986 it had introduced the Excel to the U.S. market. The company formed the Hyundai Motor Group in 1998 after it acquired a majority stake in Kia, Korea's second-largest car maker. Today, Hyundai operates in 193 countries and owns the world's largest car manufacturing facility, which is located in Ulsan, Korea, and is able to produce 1.6 million cars each year.