• robok2 avatar robok2 Posted: 10/26/2011 4:27pm PDT

    @Matt, where does the HP calculation make up for the fact that Hyundai/Kia don't make, test, or develop the Sportage within 1,000 miles of the U.S.?
    One plant, 75% of vehicles imported even today, 100% engineered in S. Korea, what a winner overall for the U.S.!
    At least the Japanese build 60-80% of their vehicles here, even if the main money, in engineering, not assembly, stays 100% in Japan.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 10/27/2011 4:22am PDT

    @robok2, I understand your position, but some of your facts regarding Hyundai and Kia are incorrect. Hyundai has a plant in Montgomery, AL and Kia has a plant in West Point, GA. Most of their new models are styled at a design facility in Southern California.

    It's true that Kia doesn't build the Sportage here, but the cars that are built in the U.S. (the Hyundai Sonata, Elantra and Santa Fe and the Kia Optima and Sorento) account for a large percentage of Hyundai and Kia sales.

    They may not be American companies, and the corporate profits may be banked in Korea, but both plants employ a significant number of U.S. workers, in addition to supporting a lot of local small businesses.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 10/6/2011 12:42pm PDT

    Interesting design!
    Let's see if the GP will be open to it with when it hits the showrooms.
    The HP rating on the 2.0 Turbo look a bit weak when compared to the KIA Sportage 2.0 Turbo.