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JF Kia Optima still strong as future JL3 model nears

13 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Some say non-premium makes tend not to be successful in Europe's D segment. Tell that to Volkswagen and Skoda: even with the WLTP crash, Passat sales were down by just 3.3% in Germany last year, while the Octavia and Superb sell in significant volume. To a lesser extent, Kia quietly chips away in this size class, the Optima having a far stronger following than the parent company's rival i40.


ANALYSIS - The reinvention of SsangYong

7 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

SsangYong likes to be thought of as Korea's equivalent to Jeep. A long history of building rugged four-wheel drive vehicles can play well to buyers in many countries. Now, following a period of consolidation after the post-bankruptcy years of rebuilding its image, SsangYong is trying a push into premium priced market segments. Can it work?


Will Kia succeed with multi-model Ceed plans?

10 Dec 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors Europe is just weeks away from an annual sales record by crossing the half-million mark. In Britain, KME's best market, the brand will get close to six figures, the year-to-date total being 91,954 cars, some 6,000 ahead of Hyundai. The increasingly sought-after third generation Ceed is the new growth driver, building on the strong performance of the Sportage.


Hyundai-Kia's design chief on CASE opportunities

16 Nov 2018 | Chris Wright

Hyundai Motor Group Design chief Peter Schreyer is rightly proud of his role in changing not only the look,  but the perception of the South Korean carmaker’s two brands. His work is far from done, however. There are plenty more challenges ahead, not least with the advent of autonomous vehicles.


Kia overtakes Hyundai in EU thanks to Sportage

25 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

WLTP changes made for a strange September, with Opel-Vauxhall Europe's number one ahead of BMW, Mercedes and Ford with Volkswagen plunging to fifth. Of all the brands in the top ten, Kia, in ninth place ahead of Hyundai, was the only one to post higher sales. That wasn't due to a fluke month either, it was thanks to multiple new models and a freshened Sportage in particular.


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Imports to Korea fall on revitalised Hyundai

14 Feb 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Sales of imported light vehicles in South Korea fell by 13.7% to 18,198 units in January compared with 21,075 units in the same month of the previous year, according to data compiled by Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA).


Global EV battery market expands by almost half in 2018

11 Feb 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The global market for electric vehicle (EV) batteries expanded by almost 47% to 7.38 gigawatt-hours (GWh) last year from 5.03 in 2017, according to a study carried out by South Korean consulting firm SNE Research.


South Korean sales rise 4.5% in January

4 Feb 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rose by 4.5% to 117,464 units in January from 112,452 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


Hyundai agrees cheap labour plant in Gwangju

1 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has agreed a deal with the South Korean city of Gwangju to build a low cost assembly plant where workers will be paid less than half what peers make at the automaker's other facilities in the country.


Hyundai Motor 2018 operating income slumps

24 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Company announced results for 2018, recording a 1.8% increase in vehicle sales, led by its enhanced SUV range, though operating and net profits slumped.


Hyundai Mobis export orders surge 40% at US$1.7bn in 2018

22 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis has announced that it won contracts for core automotive parts worth US$1.7bn (about KRW1,900bn) from overseas automakers in 2018.


Hyundai claims world first multi collision airbags

21 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development and future availability in its Hyundai and Kia cars of the (claimed) world's first multi-collision airbag system that significantly improves performance in multi-collision accidents. Multi-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as trees, electrical posts or other vehicles, which occurs in three out of every 10 accidents.


Hyundai Mobis and KT join over 5G-based connected vehicle technology

18 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis and KT Corporation are to form a connected vehicle alliance that will focus on 5G communication opportunities for connected vehicles. 


Hyundai Mobis develops new Communication Lighting concept for AVs

11 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis has showcased its latest Communication Lighting concept at CES in January 2019.


VW-Audi return boosts South Korean import sales in 2018

11 Jan 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Sales of imported light vehicles in South Korea were flat at 20,450 units in December 2018 compared with 20,428 a year ago, according to the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA).



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