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Crossover Market Gets Tough Competitor with 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Maker counting on success of new CUV.

by on Aug.10, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson plays an important role in the automaker's growing portfolio of vehicles.

Hyundai, the South Korean automaker, has become a force on the global stage by building a series of clever and well-built equipped vehicles with up-to-date technology at eminently affordable prices.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson, a smart and capable compact utility vehicle aimed at the heart of a fast growing segment of the market, remains true to the company’s basic philosophy, while improving on a vehicle that is vital to its portfolio.

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The new Tucson is roomy and comfortable, looks smart sitting at the curb, nicely furnished on the inside and delivers ample, but not overwhelming power. Moreover, the ride and handling have been measurably improved by a revamped suspension layout and lighter chassis, while the brakes deliver plenty of stopping power. (more…)

General Motors Sweeps Top Spots in “Made in America” List

Maker took top 11 spots with Ford coming next.

by on Jun.08, 2015

According to a recent study from American University, the Buick Enclave is tied atop the list of "most American" vehicles.

While the “Buy American” campaign isn’t quite as omnipresent as it once was, new vehicle buyers wanting the “most” American car they can buy are going to be shopping for General Motors’ products.

American University’s 2015 Kogod Made in America Auto Index revealed that GM produces vehicles with the highest levels of U.S. content at 87.5%. Those vehicles included the Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS coupe, Chevrolet Corvette, GMC Acadia and GMC Acadia Denali.

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The new index reflects a significant change at the top of the list from last year when the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Corvette were tied at the top of the list with 87.5% of their content from the U.S. (more…)

Hyundai Mulls Addition of Full-Size Sport-Utility

Maker looks to shore up weak line-up of truck-based offerings.

by on Jun.08, 2015

The Hyundai Genesis sedan could be the basis for a full-size SUV for the South Korean automaker.

With sales of crossovers and sport-utility vehicles climbing in the U.S., Hyundai Motor is considering developing a larger sport-utility vehicle based on its Genesis luxury sedan, according to reports surfacing in South Korea.

It wouldn’t hit dealer showrooms for two or three years at the earliest. However, the South Korean firm’s worries over a lack of brand power in the higher-priced SUV segment and whether oil prices could surge again and erode the market for gas-guzzlers may scuttle the program, according to Reuters.

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Dave Zuchowski, chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor North America, told recently that the South Korean automaker is very close to moving forward with a new pickup truck based on concept vehicle shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January and adding a new small crossover vehicle to its model line. (more…)

Hyundai Likely to Build Santa Cruz Pickup, New B-Segment SUV

Approval for both models could come by mid-year.

by on May.20, 2015

Hyundai said show-goers gave a thumbs up to the Santa Cruz concept, and now the company appears to be giving it a thumbs up too.

Look for Hyundai to add two important new models in the near future, including a production version of the unusual Santa Cruz pickup concept first unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January.

The automaker is also likely to add a new subcompact crossover to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade, said Dave Zuchowski, chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor North America. While final approval on both projects has yet to come from Hyundai headquarters in South Korea, Zuchowski said he is confident the carmaker will move ahead with both projects.

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In addition, Hyundai also plans to show off a new version of the compact Elantra sedan during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. (more…)

Hyundai Expands Santa Fe Family

It’s a family affair.

by on Nov.30, 2012

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is a 3-row spinoff of the Santa Fe Sport that went on sale earlier this year.

In the car business, naming vehicles is an art all to itself. But now Hyundai is following a practice pioneered by Ford with its wide range of “F-Series” pickups, and more recently, Toyota with its Prius “family.  Now, the Korean carmaker will go the same route, utilizing the Santa Fe name for two distinctly different vehicles.

Hyundai showed off the production version of the latest model to wear the Santa Fe badge, a new three-row six (or seven) seat crossover, at the 2012 LA Auto Show. A two-row, five-seater dubbed the Santa Fe Sport, has been on sale since August.

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John Krafcik, the Hyundai of America of chief executive officer once oversaw Ford F-Series engineering. Ford has traditionally treated all the various full-size pickups – from single-row, light-duty models to heavy-duty crew-cab trucks with extended beds – as a single nameplate. The all-encompassing F-Series has been America’s best-selling vehicle for more than 30 years.


First Look: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Reveals new “Storm Edge” design theme.

by on Mar.12, 2012

Hyundai will introduce the new 2013 Santa Fe in New York next month.

It was a dark and stormy design…

Well, not quite, but this somewhat shadowed teaser image from Hyundai provides a first look at the maker’s next-generation Santa Fe crossover.  The 2013 remake introduces what the maker has dubbed “Storm Edge,” an update of its well-regarded Fluidic Sculpture design language.

The two renderings come less than a month before Hyundai rolls out the 2013 Santa Fe at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.  The update of the CUV is an important and symbolic move for the Korean carmaker.  The original Santa Fe marked the transformation of the Hyundai brand from one focusing on cheap and boring products into a maker of stylish, fun-to-drive – if still affordable – automobiles.

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The most notable change comes with an updated take on the familiar Hyundai six-sided grille.  It now features flatter, but thicker, cross slats.  The front look borrows heavily from the maker’s new Azera, especially when it comes to the wraparound headlamps, which feature LED accents around the main projector bulbs.