Tony joined Hyundai Motor UK as Managing Director in 2005.
In 2011, he became the first non-Korean in the history of Hyundai Motor Europe to be promoted to President and CEO. In that time, he presided over the Company’s rapid expansion in the UK as it went from selling roughly 28,000 units a year in 2008 to 56,000 in 2009 following the success of the Government’s Scrappage Scheme, and now into the list of top ten car manufacturers in the UK.
During Whitehorn’s tenure, the Hyundai line-up has grown and diversified at an astonishing rate; from hatchbacks and SUVs to a range that now includes the i30N hot hatch, zero emissions Kona Electric and the 414-mile range NEXO Fuel Cell Vehicle.
Under Whitehorn, Hyundai Motor UK also became the first manufacturer to offer an entirely digital sales process for all of its retailers nationwide, as it launched Click to Buy.