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Hyundai Motor chief Chung wins top accolade at 2021 Autocar Awards

The chairman was recognized for his contribution to the auto industry

By Jun 09, 2021 (Gmt+09:00)

Hyundai Motor chief Chung wins top accolade at 2021 Autocar Awards

Chung Euisun, chairman of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group, has won the 2021 Autocar Awards' top accolade, the Issigonis Trophy, for his contribution to the global automotive industry, the company said on Wednesday.

Named after legendary car designer Sir Alec Issigonis, the trophy is awarded by Autocar, a weekly British auto magazine, to an individual who has played a significant role in helping to shape the future of the auto industry.

Hyundai Motor chief Chung wins top accolade at 2021 Autocar Awards

"Chung has overseen the Hyundai Motor Group, whose brands include Hyundai, Kia and Genesis, in transforming into one of the world's largest and most innovative car manufacturers, at the forefront of developing new technology including electric and hydrogen powertrains, connectivity and digital systems," Autocar said in a statement.

“Just a decade ago, Hyundai and Kia were considered unexciting budget brands with limited market shares, but under Chung's leadership they have made incredible progress, winning market share with cars that are the match of any mainstream rival.”

Hyundai Motor chief Chung wins top accolade at 2021 Autocar Awards

Chairman Chung, the grandson of group founder Chung Ju-yung, officially rose to Hyundai’s top post in October last year, after serving for years as Kia’s president and then the group’s vice chairman.

Write to Byung-Uk Do at dodo@hankyung.com

In-Soo Nam edited this article.

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