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Hyundai Recalls 155K Sonatas for Airbag Issue

No deaths have occurred as a result of issue.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Hyundai is recalling 155,000 2011 model-year Sonata for an airbag problem.

Airbag recalls are still dominating headlines in 2018 as Hyundai announced it is recalling nearly 155,000 Sonata midsize cars in the U.S. because the airbags may not inflate in a crash.

The action covers cars from the 2011 model year. The problem is unrelated to the ongoing issue with Takata airbags.

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South Korean automaker Hyundai claims a short circuit in the airbag control computer can stop the seat belts from tightening before a crash as well as prevent the airbags from deploying. (more…)

Kia’s K900 Sticking Around – and Here’s a First Look

The “Gravity of Prestige.”

by on Mar.07, 2018

Expect to see the Kia K900 debut at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

Reports of the demise of the big Kia K900 luxury sedan? Well, you know what Mark Twain would say: they’ve been greatly exaggerated.

With the overwhelming response to the new Stinger, there’s no question that Kia is putting a lot of emphasis on that sexy new GT model. But company insiders have repeatedly emphasized to that the K900 isn’t going away. And if you needed proof, check out these two renderings of the second-generation sedan that is expected to make a debut appearance in the coming weeks an roll into showrooms by mid-year.

Pushing the Envelope!

To further underscore its longevity, consider that the new model was a collaborative development pairing Kia’s global design headquarters in the Seoul suburb of Namyang, along with the automaker’s U.S. design center in Irvine, California.


Hyundai’s New Concept Reveals Design Direction

Automaker draws from the past to shape its design future.

by on Mar.06, 2018

Hyundai showed the world its new design direction with the debut of Le Fil Rouge at the Geneva Motor Show.

Everything that’s old is new again.

It’s a loose interpretation of the Hyundai’s ‘Le Fil Rouge’ concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show today. Kia translates the name as “common thread” and believes that this new design will be the direction for the company going forward.

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However, this forward-looking shift borrows from the company’s past as well. (more…)

First Drive: 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel-Cell Vehicle

An Olympic effort: Hyundai’s 2nd-generation hydrogen car delivers mainstream manners, 400-mile range.

by on Feb.23, 2018

Hyundai offered Winter Olympic visitors a chance to test drive the new Nexo outfitted with its latest Level 4 autonomous drive

With the winter games heading into their final days, busloads of tourists have been flowing through the gates of Pyeonchang’s Olympic Village, but on this crisp, sunny morning, a steady stream of visitors veers off shortly before reaching the turnstiles, detouring to a small, downtown corner where a cluster of new SUVs are parked.

With a little patience, they’ll have the chance to go for a test drive in what some are calling the vehicle of the future – in this case, twice over. The slate gray Hyundai Nexo SUVs are not only powered by zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cells but use the Korean carmaker’s latest Level 4 autonomous vehicle technology.

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I climb into the shotgun seat alongside a Hyundai engineer assigned to serve as a backup “operator,” just in case something unexpected happens along the 10-minute route, In passable English, he explains that the Korean carmaker hopes to have its first hands-free vehicle on sale “in a couple years.” But the Nexo itself, he quickly adds, will be in showrooms in barely a year.


GM Shutting One Korean Plant, Considering Fate of Others

Government open to aid offer – but demands investment guarantees.

by on Feb.13, 2018

The Gunsan plant has produced several GM models, including the Chevy Orlando shown here.

Facing rising costs and declining sales, General Motors today said it will close one of four factories in South Korea and, as part of an ongoing restructuring program, the automaker is weighing the fate of the remaining three facilities.

South Korean government officials expressed “deep regret” at the news. The country’s trade minister left open the possibility of financial aid but cautioned that any assistance will depend on whether GM plans to invest in its operations in Asia’s fourth-largest economy. But it appears all sides are playing a game of brinksmanship, the U.S. automaker waiting to see what stakeholders, including its unions, might be willing to offer.

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“As we are at a critical juncture of needing to make product allocation decisions, the ongoing discussions must demonstrate significant progress by the end of February, when GM will make important decisions on next steps,” Barry Engle, GM executive vice president and president of GM International, said in a statement.


Automakers Exploring Alternatives to Conventional Car-Buying Process

Ford paints one option with Canvas subscription service.

by on Feb.09, 2018

Ford's Canvas subscription service delivers a Mustang to a customer in California.

More than 17 million Americans drove off dealer lots with new vehicles last year, and the vast majority of them purchased their new cars, trucks and crossovers the same way motorists have for the past century.

There are alternatives, like leasing, but automakers are exploring even more radical options, some borrowed from the emerging world of online retailing. Ford, for one, said this week it is looking for ways to grow the subscription service, Canvas, that it launched a year ago. That subscription-based service might best be described as a hybrid blend of car buying and car rental, letting a motorist get a vehicle for as long as they want but then return it with just seven days’ notice.

The Last Word!

“As car ownership evolves, we see Canvas as part of our suite of products that address changing customer needs in mobility,” said Ford Credit Executive Vice President of Marketing David McClelland. “Canvas is building subscription products that are relevant to consumers today, and it’s building technology for the future, including billing and fleet management, with a nimble approach to product development.”


Hyundai to Add Hybrid, Plug-In Versions of Latest Sonata Sedan

It's green at the Chicago Auto Show this year.

by on Feb.08, 2018

The new Hyundai Sonata comes as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version for the 2018 model year.

There may be plenty of white stuff swirling around the frigid Windy City, but it’s green inside Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center – at least if you’re at the Hyundai stand.

The Korean carmaker has been slow to embrace new battery technologies but it’s making up for lost time. It’s planning to add a veritable blizzard of battery and hydrogen-powered models during the next five years, and the rollout gains momentum with the launch of both conventional hybrid and plug-in versions of the midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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“When combined with Hyundai’s outstanding value and efficiency, the new Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in are sure to attract even more eco-focused buyers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America. (more…)

Hyundai Showing Off New Generation Santa Fe

South Korean maker continues to grow SUV line-up.

by on Feb.07, 2018

Hyundai continues to grow is utility line-up with the New Generation Santa Fe, which will be the largest vehicle in its line-up.

Hyundai’s been making a lot of noise about expanding its offerings within its sport-utility portfolio, including a larger, full-size ute that seats seven people. The New Generation Santa Fe is coming and now we get a look.

The South Korean automaker released a couple of pictures prior to the Chicago Auto Show to give folks something to compare with other full-size vehicles on display. Hyundai doesn’t plan to show off its new Santa Fe until the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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The new ute is the company’s largest vehicle and the fourth-gen model of the Santa Fe. It “displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching twin headlights and the cascading grille, Hyundai’s SUV-family identity,” according to the automaker. (more…)

Hyundai Offers Up First Look of New Santa Fe

Brawnier, tougher-looking SUV to debut in New York.

by on Jan.30, 2018

A brawnier exterior shape is the trademark of Hyundai's new 2019 Santa Fe exterior.

Just a few days after hinting around at what its new 2019 Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle will look like, Hyundai officials offered up a very detailed look by releasing design sketches of the new ute to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

The new model reveals Hyundai’s “new SUV design identity,” which features a beefy, robust exterior with a “large cascading grille.” The slit-like headlight “system” uses divided headlights with LED-style daytime running lights and main headlamps to provide a “unique, futuristic look,” the automaker notes.

Product News!

Hyundai’s new full-size Santa Fe is a critical product at the South Korean automaker continues to play catch up in the sport-utility segment. In addition to the bigger, brawnier exterior the new Santa Fe is expected to be decked out in an array of technology. (more…)

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Take Global Sales Lead

VW slips to second, Toyota to third.

by on Jan.30, 2018

Carlos Ghosn, shown at the debut of the latest Maxima, has turned the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance into a global juggernaut.

The global auto industry has a new king-of-the-hill, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which got a helping hand with the inclusion of the long-troubled Japanese automaker Mitsubishi.

Combined together, the three members of the Franco-Japanese alliance sold 10.61 million vehicles during 2017, narrowly topping Germany’s Volkswagen AG. Toyota, which had led the sales charts for much of the past decade before itself being toppled by VW last year, slipped into third.

Global Auto News!

“This evolution reflects the breadth and depth of our model range, our global market presence and the customer appeal of our vehicle technologies,” said Carlos Ghosn, the chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and CEO of both Renault and Mitsubishi.