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  • 1975.12.1
    Production commencement date
    Pony, Korea's first unique model, has become a touchstone for Korea today to stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world in the ranks of automobile producers.

    Pony, which began production on Dec. 1, 1975, was 140 kilometers at a maximum speed, 1,238 cc in emissions and 2.289 million won at the time, at its Ulsan plant, which was created under Hyundai Motor's basic plan to build a comprehensive auto plant since 1973.

    The sleek fast-back style Pony, designed by Italian designer Georgeto Zizuaro, is regarded as the No. 1 domestic car that opened the doors of the Micah era in Korea while exporting its first overseas in 1976, starting with its first production of 50 units.
  • 1986.1.20
    Export date
    1,000 Korean cars departed Ulsan Port on January 20, 1986 to export to the United States.

    It has already exported Korean cars to the world for more than a decade, but it was the first time to export them to the United States, the world's largest market and the owner of the automobile industry.

    The car model, which was exported to the U.S., was Pony excel, and Presto continued to step on U.S. soil.
  • 1998.6.16
    Date of visit to North Korea
    Hyundai Group Honorary Chairman Chung Ju-young's first visit to North Korea took place on June 16, 1998, when he carried 500 cows on 50 trucks.

    Chung stayed in North Korea to discuss inter-Korean economic cooperation and the development of Mount Kumgang.

    On October 27, 1998, he returned to North Korea through Panmunjom with 501 "unification cows" and 20 Hyundai Motor vehicles.

    The Chung Ju-young cattle visit to North Korea was the first case in which a civilian entered North Korea through Panmunjom, a military zone, after a civilian-level agreement since the division.

    Chairman Chung Ju-young's visit to North Korea was a monumental event that paved the way for civilian exchanges between the two Koreas, which will grow rapidly over the next decade.

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