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John Joseph Hughes
is an Australian businessman best known for his eponymous car dealership.
Hughes was born in Fremantle, Western Australia
Fremantle is a city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle Harbour serves as the port of Perth, the state capital. Fremantle was the first area settled by the Swan River colonists in 1829...
in 1935 and attended Christian Brothers College, Fremantle. As a teenager he began working at a car dealership while studying accounting by correspondence. By his late 20s he owned his own car dealership.
His dealership was the world's highest selling Hyundai
Hyundai Motor Company is a Korean multinational automaker based in Seoul, South Korea which, along with Kia, comprises the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, the world's fourth largest automaker as of 2009. As of 2011, it is the world's fastest growing automaker for two years running...
dealer for eight years running between 1997-2003. He played an integral part in establishing the brand Hyundai in Australia. Hughes, along with Alan Bond
Alan Bond is an Australian businessman noted for his criminal convictions and high-profile business dealings, including what was at the time the biggest corporate collapse in Australian history. Bond was born in the Hammersmith district of London, England, and emigrated to Australia with his...
, through Bond Motor Corp. are responsible for bringing the Korean car manufacturer to Australia. Hughes held a position on the board of the Nine Network
The Nine Network , is an Australian television network with headquarters based in Willoughby, a suburb located on the North Shore of Sydney. For 50 years since television's inception in Australia, between 1956 and 2006, it was the most watched television network in Australia...
, and was a founding member on the board of the Fremantle Football Club
The Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed The Dockers, is an Australian rules football team which plays in the Australian Football League . The club is based in the port city of Fremantle at the mouth of the Swan River in Western Australia...
Hughes recently received an acknowledgment by being honoured as an ambassador
An ambassador is the highest ranking diplomat who represents a nation and is usually accredited to a foreign sovereign or government, or to an international organization....
of Perth, Western Australia
Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia and the fourth most populous city in Australia. The Perth metropolitan area has an estimated population of almost 1,700,000....
. He is famous for car promos live to air.
His automotive group also markets other major motoring brands from Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Ford, Kia and now Geely.
- The Jindalee Factor: Insights on Western Australian Entrepreneurs. (1988)
- Mr Who? - The West Australian
The West Australian is the only locally-edited daily newspaper published in Perth, Western Australia, and is owned by ASX-listed Seven West Media . The West is published in tabloid format, as is the state's other major newspaper, The Sunday Times, a News Limited publication...
, 17 December 2005
- HUGHES TOP SELLER - The West Australian, 27 March 2004, By Stephen Williams