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Will future models save sinking Renault Samsung?

20 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Last month, its deliveries numbering only 6,175 vehicles, Renault Samsung slid down the Korean sales chart even further, dropping to position seven behind Genesis. What will majority shareholder (80%) Groupe Renault do about its subsidiary's worrying decline?

Full steam ahead for hydrogen in Korea

3 Apr 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

While the rest of the world seems fixed on driving up the use of electric and hybrid vehicles to help reduce emissions and energy consumption, the South Korean government is putting forward a transportation policy based on hydrogen power.

ANALYSIS - Kia future models

2 Apr 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors might be the official number two brand in the Hyundai Motor Group empire yet it doesn't always behave that way, outselling Hyundai in many countries and gaining on the H-logo brand in others.

2019 Seoul motor show - world debuts list

29 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Concepts, prototypes and production models which were world premieres at the biennial 2019 Seoul motor show are discussed below.

Genesis plunges - can Hyundai luxury brand recover?

27 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

It started as an experiment. Would Hyundai succeed as a maker of high priced cars outside its home base? Too soon to say would be the most accurate answer. That's if sales volume of at first Hyundai Genesis cars and now Genesis cars is the only measure of success.

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Hyundai Motor Group develops ‘intelligent air purification system’

16 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Group says it has developed an intelligent ‘Smart Air Purification system’ that monitors interior air quality to automatically filter the air inside a car. The system works to enhance in-car air quality by introducing a new automated monitoring system, which continually checks interior air quality until it achieves an ‘Excellent’ status.

SK Innovation to build second EV battery plant in China

15 May 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation has announced plans to invest KRW580bn (US$488m) to build a second electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in China, as it looks expand its presence in the world’s largest and fastest growing market for these products.

Polestar confirms battery suppliers for cars

15 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Polestar has confirmed that leading battery makers CATL and LG Chem will supply batteries for the company’s electric performance cars, as part of multi-billion dollar agreements signed by Volvo Car Group.

Import sales in South Korea fall sharply again in April

7 May 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Sales of imported light passenger vehicles in South Korea continued to fall sharply in April, by almost 30% to 18,219 units from 25,923 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA).

South Korean sales up slightly in April

2 May 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five largest automakers increased by 1.6% to 136,296 units in April 2019 from 134,197 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.

LG Chem sues SK Innovation over EV battery infringements

1 May 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korean electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer LG Chem has filed a complaint against SK Innovation with the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the US and the District Court of Delaware over allegations of infringement of trade secrets, according to Reuters.

Hyundai develops technology to adjust EV performance using smartphones

29 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Group announced development of ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ which allows users to customise primary functions through a smartphone application – an industry-first innovation.

Hyundai boosts Q1 sales and profit

24 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Company reported a 6.9% and 21% increase in sales revenue and operating profit respectively for the first quarter of 2019, "in spite of continued slowdown in global economic growth".

Hyundai Motor names new styling chief

24 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Company said Simon Loasby, director of design in China, had been promoted to head of the Hyundai Styling Group at the design centre in South Korea.

Hyundai-Kia mobile app controls EV customisation

23 Apr 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors have jointly developed a claimed world first: mobile-based tuning technology for electric vehicles (EVs).

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