Hyundai Motor Group: Fast Follower to Game Changer
In 2022, Hyundai Motor Group had become the world’s third-largest automaker by sales volume. Under Executive Chair Euisun Chung’s leadership, HMG was shaping its vision as a “game changer” in the global automotive industry. The company no longer viewed itself as a traditional car manufacturer, but as a provider of smart mobility solutions.
The case study explores Hyundai’s strategies to pivot beyond the “fast follower” mission that had guided its rapid international expansion since the 1980s, under the leadership of founding Chairman Ju-yung Chung. Three decades later, South Korea’s automaker declared its next goal: achieve global leadership in vehicle electrification. Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 and the Kia EV6 were award-winning electric vehicles; the company planned to expand to 23 electric vehicle lines and sell more than 1 million EVs by 2025. Beyond electrification, Hyundai was making big bets on hydrogen energy, AI technology, robotics, and advanced air mobility—all of which could help make Hyundai the pioneering leader of the transportation sector of the future.