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Hyundai To Launch i10 Electric Vehicle In 2010
Hyundai To Launch i10 Electric Vehicle In 2010

As our own Viknesh Vijayenthiran mentioned on Friday, Hyundai has announced that it will launch a mass-market electric vehicle in the second half of 2010. The vehicle will be a modified version of the existing Hyundai i10 minicar and will appear first in the company's home country of South Korea. A...Read More»

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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 Police had offered some protection for the 4,000 non-striking workers who remained inside, but officers had withdrawn by Saturday night...Read More»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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

Kia Has Soul – and Political PR Problems, Too

Kia didn’t have any “new” news in New York so a wise p.r. department skipped the droning executive and threw a relaxed party with juice, booze, cookies and a chocolate fountain dip surrounding the Soul concept vehicle. The Soul was newly repainted white from the silver-blue color it...Read More»

GM Makes Trax - and Groove, Beat - for New York

Small cars are “the fastest-growing segment of the automotive market,” notes Dave Lyons, who heads Asian design operations for General Motors. On a global scale, minicars now account for about 5 percent of total sales, but by some estimates, Lyons notes, that could triple over the next...Read More»

GM Makes Trax for City Cars?

There’s no doubt that we’re more interested in subcompacts, here in the days of $2.50 a gallon gas. But can Chevrolet make it happen where Toyota, Honda, even smart, have such a head start? The brand will test the waters at the New York auto show with a trio of 1.0-liter concept...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

Blind item: which Detroit designer’s feeling the heat? Which NYC-based auto exec is plotting his own swan dive? More to the point, how long before folks mistake us for the Star? In real news this week, GM turned in a great profit—great by 2007 standards. By 1991 standards it would be Rick...Read More»

Hyundai On The Move Down South

The next step in Hyundai’s big plans for the U.S. is an engine plant that will build powerplants for Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Hyundai says the new plant will open in September of 2008 and will feed engines to the plant in Alabama along with the Kia plant to be opened soon in Georgia. Some...Read More»

Hyundai Gets All Biblical with Concept Genesis

The story of Genesis in the Bible arguably is the greatest screenplay ever written. There’s plot movement—birth, death, eternal life, a big omnipotent creator and some truly great opportunities to show off next-gen CGI effects. Hyundai’s Genesis story is a little different...Read More»

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