Hyundai

Hyundai Vehicle Information:

Sonata

Fuyao

Fuyao

Auto Glass OE Manufacturer : Fuyao

Introduction

Founded in 1967 in South Korea, Hyundai is a relative newcomer to the
automotive industry. Nonetheless, it has become a major competitor in
the marketplace. Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia form the world’s fifth
largest auto manufacturer, according to 2012 data. Combined Hyundai
and Kia sales in 2012 totaled over seven million vehicles worldwide. As
of May 2013, Forbes estimates Hyundai’s annual sales at $75 billion
and the company’s equity value at $41 billion. The Hyundai facility in
Ulsan, South Korea is the world’s largest auto manufacturing plant,
according to CNN. Founder Chung Ju-Yung created his first business, the
Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company, in 1947. The Hyundai
Motor Company was founded twenty years later, and Hyundai
partnered with Ford on Hyundai’s first vehicle in 1968. Called the
Cortina, it was manufactured under the Ford name and became the
bestselling vehicle in the entire United Kingdom from 1972 to 1981. In
recent years, Hyundai has focused on creating higher-quality vehicles
in order to improve public opinion of the company. Hyundai’s brand
value nearly doubled between 2005 and 2011, making it the fastest
growing auto company of 2010 and 2011 according to consulting firm
Interbrand.

Hyundai Auto Glass Replacement

Hyundai Windshield Replacement

Popular Makes and Models

Hyundai has created a number of very popular consumer vehicles in
recent years, and many of its vehicles appeal to younger
demographics. It has brand new vehicles available at prices ranging
from $13,000 all the way up to $65,000, and Hyundai focuses on
compact, mid-size, and crossover vehicles. Popular models include the
Accent, the Elantra, the Sonata, and the Santa Fe. The Hyundai Accent
has been on the market since 1994, although in 2000 the Hyundai
Verna assumed its name everywhere except in South Korea. The
Accent is a wildly popular small family car in North America, and
continuous safety improvements have made the fourth-generation
Accent series (any Accent manufactured during or after 2010) worthy
of a four-star NHTSA safety rating and an IIHS rating of “Good” or
“Acceptable” depending on the crash type.
The Santa Fe was introduced in 2001 and was Hyundai’s first attempt
at an SUV. In spite of journalistic criticism of its appearance, the Santa
Fe was an instant hit in the United States. The initial production run of
the Santa Fe could not satisfy worldwide demand, and it is now known
that Hyundai’s manufacturing plant had significant difficulty keeping
up with sales. The second-generation Santa Fe was a Consumer
Reports Top Pick and one of Consumer Reports’ Top 10 Vehicles of
2008. The Santa Fe sports a torque management system that helps to
control slipping. When a wheel starts to slip, the torque management
system sends extra power to whichever wheels have more solid
traction. The 2012 model of the Santa Fe features electronic stability
control and side airbags for all rows. Hyundai ceased production of the
second-generation Santa Fe with the 2012 model and a hybrid model.
The third generation of Santa Fe, released for the 2013 model year,
gets 33 MPG and features a 2.4L engine with 190 horsepower.

What’s Coming in 2014

Hyundai has big plans for the coming year, and is set to fundamentally
change the automotive industry as we know it. The company’s flagship
offering for 2014 will be the new Tucson, featuring an electric motor
that is powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This new SUV will be the first
ever hydrogen-powered consumer vehicle to be mass marketed in the
United States. The release of this vehicle is revolutionary in alternative
fuel research. Hydrogen fuel cell technology has been around for years,
but issues with cost and safety have prevented auto manufacturers
from using them in mass-market consumer vehicles. Until now,
hydrogen fuel cells have been reserved for prototype vehicles. Hyundai
states that it has solved these safety problems, and the rear-mounted
fuel cell tank has gone through several crash tests and has proven to
be completely safe. Other major manufacturers like General Motors are
still working on a viable hydrogen-powered prototype. Hyundai’s new
hydrogen-powered Tucson will be publicized as a concept car
throughout 2014, and is expected to become available for purchase in
2015.

Windshield and Windshield Manufacturer Information

The Fuyao Glass Industry Group, a Chinese company, manufactures
Hyundai windshields. Fuyao has its headquarters in Fuqing, China, and
was founded in 1987. Fuyao produces a range of glass products for the
automotive and construction industries, including bulletproof glass and
safety glass. Other auto manufacturers who use Fuyao glass in their
vehicles are General Motors, Ford, Audi, Honda, and Mazda. Fuyao has
received several industry awards, including the General Motors
Supplier of the Year Award for 2007, the PACCAR Part Supplier of the
Year Award for 2006, and the Ford Motor Company Gold Prize for the
Best Global Supplier for 2000. Many Hyundai vehicles, including the
Elantra and the Sonata, come equipped with solar control glass that
blocks UV rays and helps to maintain a cooler interior temperature,
thereby reducing the need for air conditioning.

New Features That Affect Windshield Replacement Prices

Models that incorporate UV blocking technology, like the Elantra and
Sonata, are generally more complex when it comes to windshield
replacement. Solar control glass uses specialized materials to block UV
rays and is manufactured in a specific manner. This means that the
manufacturing process involves specialized tools and training, and is
therefore more expensive. In the event that you need to replace the
glass in your Elantra or Sonata, you will need to pay a higher fee in
order to acquire the specialized glass that keeps UV rays out than if
you were to go for a standard windshield. However, aftermarket glass
replacement facilities do carry several solar windshields for reasonable
prices. An OEM solar windshield is usually much more expensive than
an aftermarket solar windshield, and usually, the only difference is the
logo on the glass.
There are also other factors that can influence how much it will cost to
replace your windshield. Any Hyundai Equus or Genesis manufactured
since 2012 (and some manufactured in 2011) comes with rain sensing
windshield wipers as factory standard. Generally speaking, a
windshield that contains a rain sensor is usually less expensive than a
windshield that doesn’t contain one. However, this only applies when
replacing windshields that have rain-sensing technology incorporated
as factory standard. This means that if your Hyundai rolled off the
assembly line with a rain sensing windshield already installed, you can
replace it with another rain sensing windshield for a small price. It is
more expensive to install a rain sensor into a windshield as an
aftermarket upgrade.

Conclusion

Hyundai is a major auto company that can attribute much of its recent
success and popularity to its high-quality automobiles. With models like
the Accent, which appeals to younger demographics, and the Santa Fe,
the SUV that took the world by storm, Hyundai solidified its place
among the world’s most successful auto manufacturers. In the coming
year and beyond, Hyundai will be making major investments into
hydrogen technology; the company aims to release an accessible
hydrogen-powered consumer vehicle by 2015. Many Hyundai vehicles
incorporate solar glass technology and rain sensing windshields as
factory standards, and the cost of repairing or replacing these
windshields will depend on whether you opt for an OEM or aftermarket
replacement. Aftermarket solutions are generally less expensive than
OEM parts, and an aftermarket windshield is usually quite reasonably
priced even with the solar or rain-sensing technology. In most cases,
the only difference between an aftermarket and OEM solution is the
logo. With Hyundai vehicles growing in popularity, windshield repair
companies are keeping Hyundai glass well stocked—so whether it’s the
sporty Accent or the sturdy Santa Fe that catches your eye, you can
rest assured that windshield repair is available for the Hyundai of your
choice.