Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor — which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. — sold 4.06 million vehicles globally in 2011. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 80,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
Jaguar was first started as a motorcycle sidecar company called Swallow Sidecar Company on September 11, 1922. Once the company switched to manufacturing automobiles, the brand name Jaguar first appeared in 1935 on three models of the SS Jaguar, a 2.5-liter Saloon and two sports models, the SS 90 and the SS 100. In 1948, Jaguar solidified its place in automotive design and performance history with the introduction of the first in the XK series, the XK120. The Jaguar E-Type was first revealed on 15 March 1961 in Geneva to huge excitement from the world’s press. The E-Type was considered a revolutionary car in many ways, but its most unique feature was its body- faired-in headlamps, sculpted, long nose, and centered twin exhaust.
The original Beetle was produced from 1938-2003, the longest produced vehicle in history. It was actually created by Ferdinand Porsche after Adolf Hitler gave him a contract in 1934 for prototypes. The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, appearing in pop culture and is regarded as a representation of the swinging 60’s.