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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).


Has Hyundai created a new segment with i30 Fastback?

9 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi recently confirmed the rumours that it won't be replacing the A1 and A3 once they come to the end of their lifecycles. Hyundai too has begun phasing out three-door hatchbacks due to a drop-off in demand, especially in the European region, while Kia plans to replace the Pro_cee'd with a five-door shooting brake. Might low roof C segment hatchbacks turn into a new vehicle class?


ANALYSIS - Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid sales on the rise

4 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

As the appearance of an AD concept at the LA auto show in late 2017 shows, Hyundai isn't yet done developing its Ioniq model range. Since the first variants went on sale in South Korea coming up for two years ago, a plug-in hybrid and an EV have been added. The biggest seller, though, was always going to be the Hybrid.


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South Korea urges BMW ban ahead of safety checks

14 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

The South Korean government has urged local authorities across the country to ban from their roads BMWs that have recently been recalled but have yet to be inspected.


Hyundai reveals next-gen Separated Sound Zone technology

13 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Company has revealed for the first time, its next-generation Separated Sound Zone (SSZ) technology that allows each passenger of a vehicle to experience an audio stream tailored to their individual needs, including music, hands-free phone calls, and vehicle alerts, whilst maintaining a headphone-free social space where passengers can converse freely.


BMW Korea apologises over diesel engine fires

7 Aug 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's South Korean unit reportedly has apologised over a spate of engine fires, estimated by the country's transport ministry at 27 from January to July, that has prompted a government probe and a major backlash from consumers.


South Korean sales rise 2.4% in July

3 Aug 2018 | Staff reporter

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined rose by 2.4% to 133,792 vehicles in July from 130,611 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


BMW recalls 106,000 cars in South Korea

31 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

BMW Korea is recalling over 106,000 cars after a group of customers filed a lawsuit against it and one of its local dealers over faulty parts that allegedly led to engine fires.


Hyundai Motor and union strike deal

27 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor and its 51,000-strong trade union have reached an agreement on pay, according to Korean media reports.


Hyundai Motor profit down 37% in H1 2018

27 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has posted a first half decline of 37.1% to operating profit as it was hit by a strong Korean currency and higher costs.


South Korea hydrogen vehicle sales start in 2019

26 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Mass sales of hydrogen powered vehicles were expected to start in South Korea next year after the government announced it would soon ease regulations on the production and transportation of the fuel.


Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea

20 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has now gone on sale in its home market. The car gets its European debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, with European sales to commence at the end of this year.


South Korean EV sales jump 170% in H1

16 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Korea jumped by close to 170% to 11,866 units in the first half of 2018 from 4,412 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.



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