After the Hyundai Pony made its debut in 1975, the company immediately began mass-production a year later. In 1977, the company began exporting its vehicles to Ecuador and thereafter to other Benelux countries. The 80s proved to be an incredibly successful period for the company and within a few years, Hyundai began exporting the Pony to Canada.
Numerous attempts were made by the company to export to the US. However, since the Pony failed to meet the emission standards, exports to the US were put on hold. Regardless, sales of the Pony greatly exceeded expectations and in 1985 it became the top-selling car on the Canadian market. Not to mention, only 10 years after its introduction, the one-millionth Hyundai was manufactured.