Article By Tarquin Philo, Business Centre Manager, Read Hyundai

The All-New Tucson has become the fastest - selling Hyundai car in the UK and Europe since its launch in September 2015. With over 85,000 orders in Europe and over 10,000 in the UK, the compact SUV contributes to Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) continuing to operate at full capacity.


Since June 2011, more than 700,000 C-SUV's have left the plant, including the Tucson, making C-SUV's the major contributor to the success of the Czech factory.


HMMC has capacity to produce 300,000 cars and 600,000 transmissions a year making it a major employer in the region, with 3,400 workers employed directly, of which 97% are citizens of the Czech Republic, and a further 7,000 jobs in the surrounding area.


Mass production at HMMC started in 2008 with the Hyundai i30, since then more than 1.8 million cars have been produced, with the cars currently exported to more than 60 markets globally.


Hyundai's Turkish plant has capacity to produce 200,000 units, giving Hyundai an annual production capacity of 500,000 cars for European customers.


Car production at HMMC is state-of-the-art, with over 400 industrial robots installed, including 300 in the welding shop, HMMC produces 3 different models on the same production line - Tucson, i30 and ix20. It took a team of 80 engineers to adapt the production line to introduce the Tucson.


As well as the production line, HMMC also has a 3.3km track on site to carry out test drives on all the cars.


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