Android Auto Latest With Difficulty Over Saying Hyundai's Name

Cameron Aubernon
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android auto latest with difficulty over saying hyundai s name

How does one pronounce Hyundai’s name? Does it rhyme with “Sunday,” or with “fungi”? Google’s Android Auto on the 2015 Sonata isn’t so sure, either.

Though the automaker has tried to have North American consumers rhyme its name with “Sunday” ever since it arrived aboard an Excel decades ago, Automotive News reports the voice used with Android Auto doesn’t quite nail it with its pronunciation: “HEE’-yuhn-day.” The mispronunciation was found to occur when a driver asked for directions to the nearest Hyundai dealership.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the issue has come up: the automaker’s 11-year-sponsorship of the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London beginning this year prompted the BBC to ponder the question.

Meanwhile, the automaker poked fun at itself over its name with a Super Bowl advert from 2009, where its luxury competitors raged against Hyundai’s latest machine, the Genesis Sedan:

[Photo credit: Falcon Photography/ Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0]

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • PeriSoft PeriSoft on Jun 02, 2015

    My wife's iPhone temporarily took over nav duties on a local trip a few years back, and advised us to turn on Chicken Coop Hill Road, which it pronounced "Chicken Co-Op Hill Road". To this day I envision an earnest group of chickens banding together to start a business over there.

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    • Saxphile Saxphile on Jun 05, 2015

      That pronunciation would be correct in Oregon and certain parts of California.

  • Kendahl Kendahl on Jun 02, 2015

    I like High-And-Dry.

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