Hyundai Tuscon is Europe’s best selling C-SUV

Hyundai Tuscon front The new Hyundai Tuscon is Europe’s best seller since it debut in September this year, with at least 85,000 units delivered. The Tuscon is built at Hyundai’s Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) plant, and since the production start of the Hyundai ix35 in June 2011, more than 700,000 C-SUVs have left the Czech plant, including the new Tucson.

The HMMC plant produced over 1.8 million cars since operations started in November 2008. The first mass-produced variant was the Hyundai i30. Annual production for the HMMC is 300,000 cars and 600,000 transmissions, with a cross-functional team of 80 engineers in charge of the production of the Tucson. Total car production process takes 21 hours, nine of which are spent in the paint shop, mainly due to drying time. Each car body structure consists of 17 individual panels stamped from 0.7 mm-thick sheet steel. The Tuscon, i30 and i20 are are produced on the same production line at the HMMC. Finally, there are over 400 industrial robots installed at HMMC, including 300 in the welding shop. Testing and final fitments are performed on the dedicated HMMC’s 3.3 km track.

Hyundai Tuscon at HMMC_Production

Recently, HMMC celebrated its 7th anniversary of mass-production which started in November 2008 with the first-generation Hyundai i30. More than 1.8 million cars have been produced, while also exporting to more than 60 markets around the world. It is also an important employer in the region, with 3,400 workers employed directly, out of which 97 % are citizens of the Czech Republic, and a further 7,000 jobs created in the surrounding area.

The high demand of European-focused products, starting with the Hyundai i30 in 2008 to the most recent new Tucson has driven the Czech plant to run at full capacity ever since its first ramp-up, even during the economic downturn.

Together with the 200,000 units of capacity at its Turkish plant, Hyundai Motor has annual production capacity of 500,000 cars primarily for European customers.

More than 10,000 units of the Hyundai Tuscon have been sold in the UK alone, with the 1.7-liter SE Nav accounting for over 34% of the total number. Like the Tucson, 90% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe are designed, developed, and manufactured in the region ensuring products that meet the needs of discerning customers.

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