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New SsangYong Korando kicks off UK sales assault

21 Aug 2019 | Mike Vousden

We drive the new SsangYong Korando in the UK to see whether this will be the model to push the Korean brand into the mainstream


Kia ready for the return of diesel demand with Stonic

13 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

May saw Kia setting yet another sales record in its largest European market. Surprisingly, that's not Germany, but Britain, where the brand is ahead of not only its parent, but Nissan too. The Sportage is much of the reason for the ongoing rise but another, smaller crossover is playing an ever greater role in the growth.


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.


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SK Innovation to supply battery for Ferrari PHEV - report

17 Sep 2019 | Dave Leggett

SK Innovation has been picked to supply a battery pack for Ferrari's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), according to a Korean media report.


Korea import sales fall in August as consumers boycott Japanese brands

11 Sep 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Sales of imported light passenger vehicles in South Korea declined by 5.6% to 18,122 units in August 2019 from 19,206 units a year earlier, according to member data released by the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA).


Kia names new design centre chief

9 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors has named a former Infiniti, BMW and Daimler designer as the new head of its global design centre.


Hyundai-Kia invests in automakers' Ionity JV

9 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors and parent Hyundai Motor have joined other automakers who have invested in the Ionity joint venture to boost availability of EV charging stations.


Hyundai Motor Group launches Vest EXoskeleton for plant workers

4 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Joining a wearable robot trend also seen at other automakers, including BMW, GM and Ford, Hyundai Motor Group has revealed its Vest EXoskeleton (VEX), created to assist factory workers who spend long hours working in overhead environments. The company said almost a year ago it was developing such industrial robots.


South Korean sales fall again in August

3 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Domestic sales by South Korea's five largest automakers declined by 6.2% to 118,479 units in August 2019 from 126,336 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the companies.


GM to cut 327 jobs in Thailand as losses continue

30 Aug 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

General Motors has announced it will cut 327 jobs at the Thai at its Rayong plant in Thailand as it looks to cut costs as financial losses continue.


Hyundai to develop 17 electric-powered CVs by 2025

30 Aug 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Hyundai Motor announced to the media on Thursday it plans to develop 17 new electrically-driven commercial vehicle models by 2025 in response to increasing demand for environmentally-friendly transportation solutions globally.


Mobis begins construction of second EV components plant in Korea

29 Aug 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korean components manufacturer Hyundai Mobis has begun construction this week of a second production facility for electric vehicle components in the country and gave an update on its investment plan for the facility.


Union leaders accept Hyundai’s revised pay offer

29 Aug 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Hyundai Motor has reached a tentative agreement with its labour union on wages, which if finalised will be the first time in eight years that the company will have averted costly strike action.



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