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Updated Hyundai i20 heads for 250,000+ deliveries in 2018

13 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The i20 is a car which can be overlooked when considering the most important models in the global B segment. It shouldn't be. Hyundai is on course to sell around 140,000 units of this five-door hatchback in India this year and more than 100,000 in Europe.

i30 N shows Volkswagen should fear Hyundai

10 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Who would have thought even five years ago that Hyundai would be an equal to Renaultsport? The expanding N division is also now a threat to VW’s GTI models.

Mercedes tech for updated SsangYong Turismo

9 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Even though its shareholding in SsangYong was sold long ago, Daimler retains links to the Mahindra-owned maker of mainly SUVs. Not only does the just-updated Turismo gain a new Mercedes-Benz transmission but Daimler's W124 platform, albeit much modified, remains the basis of this big MPV.

Is Kia's CK project as strong a Stinger as intended?

1 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The sales collapses in China and the USA are now behind Hyundai and Kia, thanks mainly to the arrival of new SUVs. Things should get even better for Kia Motors America from the fourth quarter as SK3, the Soul, arrives in dealerships, reinvented as a crossover. Cars are still the brand's mainstay though, with one of the most recently added models also doing a lot of stealthy work as an image changer for the brand.

ANALYSIS - Future models for Renault Samsung Motors

14 May 2018 | Mike Vousden

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Renault Samsung Motors (RSM).

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Hyundai Mobis chooses two new AI start-up partners

12 Oct 2018 | Staff reporter

South Korean automotive equipment manufacturer Hyundai Mobis has said it has identified two local technology start-ups with which it wants to co-develop future automotive digital services.

South Korea import sales fall 15% due to annual holidays

9 Oct 2018 | Staff reporter

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea fell by almost 15% to 17,222 units in September from 20,234 units a year earlier, according to data compiled by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA).

LG Chem in EV battery deal with Volkswagen

5 Oct 2018 | Staff reporter

LG Chem, one of South Korea's largest chemicals companies, disclosed it hasd signed an agreement to supply electric vehicle (EV) batteries to Volkswagen group.

South Korean sales fall 18% in September

3 Oct 2018 | Staff reporter

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers combined fell by over 17.5% to 110,130 vehicles in September from 133,551 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.

Samsung supplies OLED displays for Audi e-tron

3 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Samsung Display announced that the company will be supplying a 7-inch OLED display for Audi’s all-new electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), the Audi e-tron. Audi revealed its first all-electric model at a world premiere event in San Francisco last month.

Kia global sales slide 6.4% in September

1 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors said its September 2018 global sales fell 6.4% year on year to 233,708 units.

Mahindra's Ssangyong reinstates workers fired in 2009

17 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mahindra & Mahindra's SsangYong Motor has reinstated workers sacked nine years ago, the Korea Herald reported.

Hyundai plans fuel-cell truck for 2019

14 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has presented a first look at a render image of a new truck with a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain which is set to be launched in 2019.

Hyundai Motor Group Chung succession closer

14 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Group has promoted chairman Chung Mong-koo's son, Chung Eui-sun, to a role of overseeing the company in a move that takes the succession at the top of Korea's largest automaker a little closer.

LG Chem acquires US coatings manufacturer Uniseal 

13 Sep 2018 | Staff reporter

LG Chem announced on Wednesday it has acquired US automotive sealants and adhesives manufacturer Uniseal, as the South Korean company continues to expand its presence in the global automotive industry.

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