Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair Euisun Chung Named MotorTrend Person of the Year, Topping Its 2023 Power List

  • Executive Chair Chung tops MotorTrend’s prestigious 2023 Power List
  • MotorTrend praises Chung’s ability to “lead Hyundai Motor Group into a new age”
  • Latest honor follows proliferation of MotorTrend awards for HMG models, including 2023 SUV of the Year for Hyundai IONIQ 5, 2023 Car of the Year for Genesis G90
  • Group’s pioneering of smart cities, robots and Advanced Air Mobility praised
  • Four more Group executives feature prominently in MotorTrend’s 2023 Power List 

Hyundai Motor Group’s Executive Chair Euisun Chung has been honored with the number one position on MotorTrend’s 2023 Power List and has received the MotorTrend Person of the Year award. The MotorTrend Power List ranks the 50 most influential people in the automotive industry each year. During the past five years, Executive Chair Chung has risen progressively from his first appearance on the power list at No. 12 in 2018.

MotorTrend named Chung ‘Person of the Year’ for “leading Hyundai Motor Group into a new age.” It also highlighted the exceptional caliber of the vehicles developed under Chung’s watch, stating: “The vehicles coming out of Hyundai Motor Group are notable for their eye-catching design, quality, clever packaging, and good value – and they are proving increasingly difficult to beat.”

This latest critical acclaim follows a proliferation of MotorTrend awards for the Group’s models, which include the Genesis G90 being hailed as the automotive media brand’s 2023 Car of the Year and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 named its 2023 SUV of the Year. Previously, the Genesis GV70 and Kia Telluride took similar honors. “Hyundai, Genesis, and Kia have been hitting balls out of the park repeatedly,” asserted MotorTrend.

Commenting on Chung’s vision, MotorTrend added: “In that sense, he does his father and grandfather proud, pushing the entire Hyundai Motor Group to new levels. The man and his vision, and the juggernaut that his company is becoming, loom loud and large. For his vision and leadership, then, Euisun Chung is our 2023 MotorTrend Person of the Year.”

Also ranked on MotorTrend’s Power List are Luc Donckerwolke, President and Chief Creative Officer of Hyundai Motor Group (3); Jose Muñoz, President and Global Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company (10); SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center (28); and Karim Habib (44), Executive Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design Center.