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Report: Auto Buyers Open To Chinese, Indian Brands
Report: Auto Buyers Open To Chinese, Indian Brands

More signs that the world of today is very different from the one our parents and grandparents knew: according to stat-hounds AutoPacific, 15% of car buyers would consider purchasing a Chinese-brand vehicle, and 11% would mull the possibility of purchasing one from India. Those statistics may not...Read More»

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SsangYong Strike Turns Violent

Violence erupted at a SsangYong plant in Pyongtaek, South Korea, when a group of over 900 striking union members took control of the facility over the weekend. Police had offered some protection for the 4,000 non-striking workers who remained inside, but officers had withdrawn by Saturday night...Read More»

2009 Kia Soul’ster Concept Under Serious Consideration For Production

  Kia rolled out an oddly styled pickup concept based on its new 2010 Soul compact car back at January’s Detroit Auto Show as way to drum up excitement for the standard hatchback model that went on sale in March. The concept, dubbed the Soul’ster, was never intended to be produced but strong...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Hyundai: The Future Lap Belt Of Luxury

Hyundai has been on a roll in recent months, and it looks like the Korean automaker is gearing up to capitalize on all that good publicity by launching a new luxury brand. Well, sort of. Eventually. Speaking in New York last Friday, Hyundai Motor America President/CEO John Krafcik said that he's...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Equus Launches In Korea (With Ball Gown)

"It" brand of the moment Hyundai is having a great news day. First, the CEO of Hyundai USA says that sales of the new, $27,500 Hyundai Genesis Coupe are "simply smoking", and then the company launches its eagerly anticipated Hyundai Equus in its home country of South Korea. And that's on top of...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Hamsters Abandon Wheels For Kia Soul's 'New Way To Roll' Ad

It's drive day for the 2010 Kia Soul in Miami, Florida. They're attempting to convince us that the new five-passenger hatch "playfully stands out in a sea of sameness," and isn't just another little crossover commuter ant. Helping them get their point across is a trio of impressive CG hamsters...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
2010 Kia Soul, 'A New Way To Roll,' Starts At $13,300

As Scion's edginess ebbs, Kia is moving in for the kill with the five-passenger Soul, on sale now at Kia dealerships across the U.S. The base five-door, five-passenger Soul will begin at $13,300, moving to $14,950 for the Soul+, and $16,950 for both the Soul! and Soul sport. Gr8 model names...Read More»

2010 Kia Sorento
2010 Kia Sorento Sports Fresh Styling, Rumored for New York

Site KiaWorld apparently nabbed the first photos of the 2010 Kia Sorento, rumored for a U.S. debut in April's New York Auto Show (on the heels of an international debut at the Seoul Motor Show). The new Sorento hews closely to the overall layout of the current-gen vehicle, but all the styling...Read More»

Kia No 3 Concept
Kia's Soul Sister, MPV Concept 'No 3' At Geneva Motor Show

Kia will display a small MPV concept, the "No 3 Concept Car," at the Geneva Motor Show which kicks off March 3. They told us little about the handsome 13.2-foot, matt Titanium Gray vehicle with contrasting gloss-white accents, but to serve Europe's obsession with low-emissions and high frugality...Read More»

Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic Concept
Hyundai 2010 Tucson Tease, HED-6 ix-onic, Shows In Geneva

Today Hyundai showed off a concept that most are saying will morph into the 2010 Tucson. Called the HED-6 ix-onic, it is one of the concept vehicles that will be on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. What can the HED-6 ix-onic tell us about the new Hyundai Tucson, set to bow later in 2009?...Read More»

2007 Hyundai Veloster Concept
Hyundai Veloster 2+2 A Go For 2011/2012.

Looks like Hyundai is back on to resuscitate the old Scoupe in spirit (if not in name). Or maybe they're going to breathe a bit more bite into the Tiburon. Regardless of lineage, we know the folks at Hyundai are cooking up a little 2+2, front-wheel drive coupe that many thought had been put on hold...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS
Hyundai, Kia Post Surprising January Sales Increase

Hyundai posted the highest U.S. auto sales increase for January of 2009. Selling 24,512 vehicles last month brought them a 14.3 percent increase in sales over their results for January of 2008. Corporate sibling Kia also did well, with an increase of 3.5 percent for January. The automaker credits...Read More»

2007 Toyota IQ Concept
Hyundai To Produce Toyota iQ Rival

Hyundai might soon produce a minicar to compete with Toyota's iQ; the U.K.'s AutoCar claims that this new Hyundai could go on sale as early as next year. They say that a European Hyundai source indicated the car would be more basic, functional, and funky than the iQ: "sort of modular and minimalist...Read More»

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Hyundai Extends HD Radio Beyond Genesis Sedan

Today Hyundai Motor America announced they're extending factory-installed HD Radio receivers across their lineup for the 2011 model year. Currently, only the award-winning 2009 Genesis sedan offers the technology which is free of charge, delivers crystal-clear AM and FM reception, and features a...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai Genesis Nabs North American Car Of The Year

In a big score for Hyundai with its bold move upmarket into the luxury class with its new Genesis sedan, the firm was awarded the coveted North American Car of The Year by a group of auto journalists and critics from the U.S. and Canada. The Genesis beat out the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Ford...Read More»

Kia Soul
Kia Targets Scion with Soul, Introduced at LA Auto Show

The boxy Kia Soul has made the move from perennial show car to production. The model will be in dealers come March, with prices that Kia says will be "comfortably in the teens." The five-passenger four-door comes in four models: the 2010 Kia Soul (base), the Soul + (Plus), the Soul ! (Exclaim), and...Read More»

2009 Pontiac G3
Pontiac G3 Emphasizes Economy, "Sporty Styling"

Still trying to decide if it is GM's excitement division, economy department, or swoopy styling central, Pontiac brings us the Daewoo-designed Chevy Aveo G3, which it claims "emphasizes value without compromising a fun driving experience." Uh-huh. This is brand engineering at its worst. Didn't they...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
SEMA 2008: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai swept into Sin City with seven customized vehicles on its brand-new 2009 Genesis platform. Both coupes and sedans are modded to the max, and it's a look more believable on the sporty coupe than on the sedate Genesis sedan. Nonetheless, the vehicles highlight just how far the Korean...Read More»

CR Ranks Honda at the Top

Consumer Reports’ annual auto issue is just out, and according to the publication, Honda still makes the best cars sold in the U.S., overall. In CR’s so-called “automaker report cards,” which compare automakers based on the overall scores of its vehicles in CR’s road...Read More»

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