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What Does Hyundai Mean?

If you’re considering a new or CPO Hyundai, you may be wondering about the brand name “Hyundai,” and the history of the company. The team members at Shottenkirk Hyundai Canton are Hyundai experts who can answer any of the questions you may have. Below, we’ve outlined the Hyundai meaning and the design of the Hyundai logo. Read on to learn more about one of the world’s most popular car brands! 



Meaning of “Hyundai” in English

“Hyundai” is Korean for “modernity.” This name was chosen in 1947, with the original founding of the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company — known today as Hyundai Heavy. Hyundai Motor Company was founded twenty years later in 1967, and the brand’s first model, Cortina, was released a year later. Currently, the brand’s slogan is “New Thinking, New Possibilities,” as well as “Better drives us.” Both slogans reflect Hyundai’s ever-present desire to think toward the future and design and build cars that are both ultra-modern and practical for a wide range of drivers. 

What’s the Correct “Hyundai” Pronunciation? 

In American English, the words “Hyundai” and “Sunday” rhyme when spoken aloud. However, depending on the area, some people pronounce it as “high-un-dye,” with an emphasis on the “UN” portion of the word. “Hun-day” is the proper pronunciation, however, with the “y” being clearly emphasized. 

Hyundai Logo Meaning

The Hyundai logo is a silver slanted letter “H.” The H leans to the right, giving it the appearance of being in motion, rather than passively leaning to the left. The color and design of the Hyundai logo ties into the brand’s focus on modernity, but there are a couple of lesser-known details about the logo you might find interesting: 

  • The logo is also meant to resemble two people shaking hands. This represents the brand’s dedication to customer satisfaction, and calls to mind the image of a salesperson and a shopper closing a deal. 
  • The silver oval encircling the shaking hands represents Hyundai’s global development. 

Learn More About Hyundai from Shottenkirk Hyundai Canton! 

Do you have more questions about the Hyundai meaning or logo? The team at Shottenkirk Hyundai Canton in Canton can provide more information. Whether you’re curious about the history of the brand or you’re shopping for a Hyundai of your own, contact us online or call us at 770-769-2752. We’re you’re one-stop-shop for all things Hyundai in the Woodstock and Jasper areas! 

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