Hyundai has built its 10 millionth export vehicle, a Tucson SUV for France.

Last year, HMC saw its overseas sales break the one million a year mark, a feat which is second only to Toyota in terms of volume.

The number of export markets has grown in step with the increase in exports: in 1980, Hyundai vehicles were sold in just 38 countries but the number has now grown to 193, with Iraq, Afghanistan and Tunisia accounting for the most recent additions.

At the same time, the number of dealers worldwide has surpassed 5,000 while new export bases have been established through HMC subsidiaries in India and Turkey which now serve markets worldwide.

It took HMC 22 years to pass the five million milestone, which was reached in 1998. But the second five million mark was reached in under six years.

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Hyundai has reached this milestone just 28 years after achieving its very first overseas sale, a modest order for six Ponys from a taxi fleet customer in Ecuador.

By far, the most popular Hyundai export model has been the Accent which accounted for 2.1 million of the 10 million total, followed by the Elantra (aka Lantra) which in its three generations makes up some 1.72 million units of the total.