The commercial van segment has been surprisingly hot in the US over the past few years with new or updated entries from Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Ram. Now, it looks like we can add one more to that lineup because Hyundai plans to enter the market here, too.
The decision is part of the brand’s newly announced push into the commercial vehicle segment worldwide, according to Reuters. Hyundai intends to invest 2 trillion South Korean won ($1.8 billion) into the venture through 2020, and the Korean automaker expects the segment to grow by 30 percent annually worldwide over the next five years. Around 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) of that goes towards development of new models and engines for the division. Another $363 million is for expansion of the company’s Jeon-ju plant to build 100,000 units there each year.
According to Reuters, there’s no set timeline on the US introduction of these models yet. Hyundai already sells commercial vehicles in Korea and China but holds just 2.1 percent of the global market in the segment.
Autoblog reached out to Hyundai Motor America to learn more, but company spokesperson Jim Trainor said via email, “It is too early to provide any more details concerning the sale of commercial vehicles in the US market.”
The company is already setting it sights on the European commercial segment with the HG350 (pictured above). It’s offered as either a cargo van or flatbed and is meant to compete against market stalwarts like the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter. Rather than this vehicle, the US might get one of Hyundai’s newly developed models, though. The automaker previously suggested to Autoblog that it wasn’t “seriously considering” the HG350 for this market, at least at that time.