In 1974, Hyundai obtained the talent of George Turnball, of British Leyland. Along with a group of top British engineers, Hyundai now had the team in place to begin designing their own automobiles. The first vehicle that Hyundai designed and manufactured was the Hyundai Pony. A small rear-wheel drive vehicle, the Hyundai Pony remained in production from 1975 to 1990. The first Korean car company was now firmly established in the automobile industry. The design of the Pony would be used in various forms and under different brand names as Hyundai expanded their fleet.
Reaching the North American Market
It was not until 1984 that Hyundai began selling vehicles in Canada and 1986 that they had a vehicle that passed United States vehicle emission standards. The Hyundai Excel reached the US market in 1986 and quickly became a commercial success. It was an affordable family car that was available either as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. It would remain in production until 1994.