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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.


GM Korea in bankruptcy - the fall-out for future models

18 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

GM Korea is teetering, its March sales crashing by 58% and the Chevrolet brand even falling below Mercedes-Benz in the domestic market. Exports of fully built models are faring better, although shipments of SKD and CKD kits are fading. Time to take a look at what the fall-out of a bankruptcy would be for greater General Motors.


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Hyundai and Audi team up for hydrogen technology

20 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Motor announced on Wednesday it is joining forces with the Volkswagen Group premium brand Audi to develop advanced fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technologies.


Unions threaten Hyundai over city assembly plant JV

19 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor 's union has threatened the automaker with legal action if it signs a contract to invest in a local car manufacturing joint venture proposed by a city's municipal government.


Hyundai Motor reorganises overseas operations

19 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Company has announced organisational changes within its overseas operations, including more control of manufacturing from Europe, as the company grants greater autonomy to each region "in an effort to spur sustainable growth and enhance innovation".


Hyundai Mobis invests in self-driving software training

14 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis has started a software training program at a cost of over USD1m at its research centre in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.


South Korea's import sales jump 21% in May

13 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea continued to rebound in May, by over 21% to 23,470 units from 19,380 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA).


2018 Busan motor show - list of world debuts

11 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

BIMOS 2018, the biennial Busan International Motor Show, opened its doors to the media on 7 June. Below is list of world premieres.


South Korean sales down 1.3% in May

4 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers combined fell by 1.3% to 133,663 vehicles in May from 135,443 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.


GM Korea shuts down its Gunsan plant

31 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

General Motors officially closed its Gunsan car assembly plant in South Korea on Thursday, as part of a restructuring plan first announced in February which aims to return its loss-making local subsidiary to profitability.


GM names Hyundai Mobis as top supplier

31 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis has been selected as one of General Motors’ Suppliers of the Year. It is the first time the company has received the award since it began supplying GM in 2010 and the recognition clearly means a lot to the supplier as it seeks to diversify its customer base and win more business around the world.


Posco builds new li-ion cathode plant in South Korea

31 May 2018 | Staff reporter

South Korean steelmaker Posco has announced plans to builds a lithium-ion cathode plant in the southern port city of Gwangyang, as it looks to meet growing global demand for rechargeable batteries for various applications including automotive.



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