• Michael Posted: 4/27/2011 3:23pm PDT

    That's nice. Hyundai and Kia are able to sell their state subsidized product here while the South Koreans still, even after the dopey trade agreement brokered by Obama and Mulally, block us from selling product there.
    The people who run this country are stupid.

  • Peter Posted: 4/27/2011 10:14pm PDT

    If the cars are "state subsidized", why are the cars in Korea MORE expensive than here in the US?
    Subsidized cars are supposed to be LOWER, not HIGHER priced.

  • Michael Posted: 4/28/2011 12:16am PDT

    Peter, Peter, Peter. Seriously? The Koreans are subsidizing product sold in the United States via huge tax breaks for the parent company back home because, duh, our market is exponentially larger. Sheesh.

  • bd Posted: 5/2/2011 6:23pm PDT

    What prohibition?
    SKorea puts an 8% tariff on auto imports; that's LESS than the 10% that the EU and Australia puts on auto imports and not far much more than the near 7% that Canada places on auto imports.
    The Germans brands have had record breaking sales in Korea with BMW and Mercedes each selling over 15K vehicles in 2010 and the Japanese brands are growing as well (that's Japanese brands doing well in Korea); imports are expected to make up 10% of the Korean auto market this year (compare that to Japan).
    Heck, SK allows EACH US automakers to import something like 20K vehicles into Korea withOUT having to meet Korean safety or emissions standards (so the automakers don't have to make any changes to lower volume models).

  • Robert O'keefe Posted: 5/3/2011 2:57pm PDT

    Uh, Michael... Before you start calling others stupid... That whole US-SK trade agreement that you hate and blame on the President... That was first signed in 2007, so how exactly is that the President's fault (and he's the President, not some guy in your gym class in HS, so how about some respect?)? Yes, the President negotiated some changes in 2010, but as you clearly are not aware, the trade agreements have never been approved in either country.
    So yes, please complain about how stupid our leaders are while you blame the President for an agreement that he didn't initiate and that has never been passed, anyway. Brilliant! Bitter much?