Korean Car Brands
South Korea’s automotive industry is the fifth largest in the world. Today, the country is among the most advanced car-producing countries. With well-known brands like Hyundai and Kia, it’s no surprise that South Korea is a big player in the auto industry. While North Korea’s auto industry isn’t quite as large, there are still a few car manufacturers operating in the country today.
North Korea Car Brands
Founded in 1950, the Sungri Motor Plant produces vehicles for primarily commercial and civilian use. Until recently, it was the most capable plant in the country, but was surpassed by Pyonghwa Motors in recent years.
Sungri car models include:
Truck models include:
Pyonghwa is one of two car makers in North Korea. The company manufactures small cars licensed under Brilliance China Auto and Fiat. The brand has exclusive rights to the sale, production and purchase of used cars in the country. All cars produced by Pyonghwa are based on other vehicles.
The Pyonghwa model list includes:
- Bbeokgugi 1 (based on Fiat Doblo)
- Bbeokgugi 2 (based on Shuguang SUV)
- Bbeokgugi 3 (based on Shuguang Huanghai)
- Bbeokgugi 4 (based on Shuguang Dawn)
- Hwiparam III (based on Brilliance FSV)
- Junma (based on SsangYong Chairman)
- Samcheonri (based on Jinbei Haise)
South Korea Car Brands
Based in Busan, South Korea, Daewoo Bus manufactures buses and is the parent company of Young-An Hat. The company was founded in 2002 after it merged with Daewoo. The buses produced by the company are primarily used for public transportation. The brand is the second-largest bus manufacturer.
The Daewoo Bus line of vehicles includes:
- The FX series
- BH series
- BX series
- BF series
- BS series
- BC211M Royal Hi-city
- GL series
- BV115 Cityliner/Jetliner
Hyundai is a multinational car maker that’s headquartered in Seoul. It was founded in 1967 and is now the fifth largest car brand in the world. Today, the company employs more than 70,000 people worldwide, and the brand sells cars in more than 190 countries.
Hyundai’s current vehicle lineup includes:
- Genesis/Genesis Coupe
- i10/Grand i10
- Hyundai i40
- Santa Fe
The Kia Motors Corporation is based in Seoul and is the second largest auto maker in South Korea. As of 2013, the brand has sold more than 2.75 million vehicles. Kia was founded in 1944, and Hyundai now owns 33.88% percent of the company.
Cars in the Kia lineup include:
- Cee’d/Cee’d GT/Cee’d Sportswagon
- Pro_Cee’d/Pro_Cee’d GT
Renault Samsung Motors
Renault Samsung Motors is based in Busan and was first established in 1994 by Samsung Motors. The company began selling cars in 1998. In 2000, the brand became a subsidiary of Renault and with Samsun having minority ownership.
Cars in the Renault Samsung Motors lineup include:
Proto is a South Korean car maker that specializes in the manufacturing of sports cars. The company was founded in 1997 and has since forged partnerships with Kia Motors, Hyundai Motor Company and GM Daewoo. Today, the brand redesigns existing models by creating convertibles and electric car versions of them.
At present, Proto Motors has two vehicles in their lineup:
- Kida Gran Carnival Limousine
The SsangYong Motor Company is based in Seoul and is the fourth largest car maker in South Korea. Founded in 1954, the company’s name means “double dragons”. In 2011, Indian Mahindra & Mahindra Limited acquired a 70% share of the company.
Cars in the SsangYong lineup include:
- Rexton W
- Actyon Sports
- Chairman W
- Chairman H