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May 20, 2004

A former UAW president, Douglas Fraser, now a labor studies professor at Detroit's WayneStateUniversity, said that for the union it is "close to critical" to win over unorganized assembly plants and that "Toyota workers are only getting that $24 an hour because of us." -Mac Gordon

Family Spat: Kia Spurns Hyundai Plant

Hyundai and Kia sound more like the "odd couple" than a devoted father and son. Kia Motors America's president and CEO, Peter M. Butterfield, has declared in an interview (Ward's Automotive Reports, May 17) that Kia will refuse to use Hyundai's new plant in Montgomery, Ala., for a shared model unless it is a pickup truck.

For its part, Hyundai has balked at taking an edition of the popular Kia Sedona minivan, sounding a bit irked at Kia's aloofness towards Montgomery.

Dealers for both South Korean automakers applaud their strategies to have full model lineups as soon as possible, avoiding the niche limitations that have hampered such GM subsidiaries as Saab and Saturn. But emergence of hard feelings between the pair has been unusual for automakers with blood ties. Similarly, DaimlerChrysler has finally agreed to share Mercedes powertrains with Chrysler Group for the Crossfire, Pacifica, Chrysler 300, and Magnum models. And Ford builds Mazda Tribute SUVs at the Escape plant. Saab will put a car adapted from the Subaru Impreza WRX on sale in the 2005 model year, both being GM partners.

"I've been pretty outspoken that it's the product we're asking for," says Kia's Butterfield, referring to a request for a pickup. Not wanted: editions of Montgomery-built Santa Fe SUVs or Sonata mid-size sedans. Rather, Kia prefers a body-on-frame truck, although as Ward's points out in a sidebar, Kia is reviving the Sportage compact SUV in the U.S. this fall, which is of a unibody design. The last-generation Sportage was one of the first models Kia brought to the U.S. market in the mid 1990s.

Hyundai and Kia are stretching their lineups in speedy fashion from minicompacts Accent and Rio to luxury sedans XG 350 and Amanti. Two car platforms are already shared - between the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima (and XG350/Amanti), and between the next-generation Hyundai Elantra and new Kia Spectra. All that's left is the pickup truck. If Kia can embark on new plants in China and Slovakia on its own, it wouldn't surprise anyone to see a Kia-only plant in the U.S. as well - where the 'son' can build pickups for 'papa,' too. -Mac Gordon

FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases


When the nation turns it attention to Washington, D.C. this Memorial Day to remember those who fought and died for the U.S., Ford Motor Company will help a very important but often forgotten group of people to share in the honor: "Rosie the Riveter," and the women who heroically managed the home front effort during World War II. Rosie the Riveter is the muscle-flexing woman in the famous WWII poster, exclaiming "We Can Do It," and who has become an icon not only for women who kept the U.S. factories rolling during wartime, but for all women of strength and will.

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