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Hyundai Set to Bring First Pickup to Market by 2021

Production version of Santa Cruz concept could be offered with electrified drivetrain.

by on Aug.22, 2017

Hyundai could sorely use a production version of the wildly popular Santa Cruz concept first shown in 2015.

Hyundai has reconfirmed plans to put into production a version of the wildly popular Santa Cruz concept truck that was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2015.

But Hyundai officials are hesitating to use the term, “pickup” to describe the compact model, preferring to think of it as an “open bed” vehicle aimed at Millennials and other urbanites who “might need to occasionally toss their sports gear in the back or help move a friend’s dresser,” a well-placed source told TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Expect the production model – which many expect to retain the Santa Cruz name – to reach the U.S. market by the 2020 or 2021 model-years. And while some key details are still being finalized, the Korean carmaker is giving strong consideration to offering an electrified powertrain option which could range from a conventional hybrid to a full battery-electric system, sources confided.

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Hyundai Set to Expand Line-up of Eco-Friendly Vehicles

Hyundai, Kia to introduce 31 new vehicles by 2020.

by on Aug.17, 2017

The Hyundai Tucson fuel cell model is about to get a sibling in the near term, according to Hyundai officials.

Hyundai Motor Co. is moving ahead with the launch of a group eco-friendly vehicles that include fuel-cell-powered models and a long-range electric vehicle with the capability of traveling more than 310 miles on a single charge.

Executives from the South Korean auto giant said the new fuel-cell model, now slated to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, will spearhead Hyundai Motor’s plans to accelerate development of low-emission vehicles.

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The move is in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s renewed goal of introducing 31 eco-friendly models between its sibling automakers, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, by 2020.  (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Midcycle refresh adds new technology and updated exterior.

by on Aug.02, 2017

Looking to bolster sales of the slow-selling sedan, the 2018 Sonata got a midcycle refresh.

The Sonata is arguably one of the most significant cars built in the early 21st century since it definitively signaled that the South Korean auto industry had arrived for good on the international stage.

Moreover, the Sonata has succeeded in becoming a top seller in the always tough market for midsize sedans even as consumers were moving in ever greater numbers towards crossovers and compact sports utility vehicles.

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So the introduction of the revised 2018 Sonata is a big deal because it shows that new technology once found only on luxury models is quickly being absorbed into less expensive cars and that Hyundai has mastered the art of making quick changes that enhance vehicles both inside the cabin and out on the road. (more…)

Hyundai Struggles as New Vehicle Market Changes

Sales continue to fall as maker awaits new crossovers.

by on Jul.19, 2017

Hyundai is a latecomer to the SUV and crossover over party, but the 2018 Kona aims to help remedy that problem.

One automaker under pressure from the shift away from cars is Hyundai, which has watched its sales tumble as the shift from passenger cars to utility vehicles and trucks has undercut its sales momentum this year.

Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and digital product planning and development, noted Hyundai sales dropped significantly during May and June as the company elected to reduce sales to rental fleets.

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The sales drop followed a steady increase in Hyundai sales that reached all the way back to the 2008-2009 recession when the South Korean automaker’s sales took off, beginning a long period of growth. The steady increases in sales continued through 2016 when the company set a sales record, O’Brien said. (more…)

Hyundai Kills Azera Sedan as It Expands Utility Offerings

Maker's top end sedan sold less than 2,000 units.

by on Jul.05, 2017

This is how most are going to see 2017 Hyundai Azera: driving off into the distance as the maker cut sedan from its U.S. line-up.

Hyundai’s been struggling to keep pace in the U.S. market due to a lack of sport-utility and crossover vehicles to round out its line-up of very pleasing sedans. While the South Korean automaker is adding those much needed utes, it revamped its portfolio a little more by pruning its top sedan, the Azera, from its U.S. rolls.

The Azera, which will continue on it other markets outside the U.S. as the Grandeur, was never a big seller in America and with its midsize Sonata seeing tough times lately, it apparently didn’t make sense to keep the slow-selling Azera around.

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It was originally an upscale model when introduced in 2014, but with the introduction of the Genesis and its subsequent spinoff into a premium brand, the Azera really didn’t seem to have a home in either line-up. (more…)

Hyundai Rolls Out Kona, First Entry into Booming Compact CUV Market

“An opportunity to overhaul” the brand, says vice chairman.

by on Jun.13, 2017

Hyundai is a latecomer to the SUV/CUV party, but the 2018 Kona aims to help remedy that problem.

After offering up a tease last week of the new compact crossover it will be bringing to the U.S. market later this year, we’re finally getting a full look at the new 2018 Hyundai Kona.

The new ute slots under existing Hyundai SUVs, the Santa Fe and Tucson, to target one of the world’s fastest-growing vehicle segments – taking aim at such offerings as the new Nissan Rogue Sport, the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. It could prove a critical move for Hyundai, which has found itself short of SUV models even as U.S. buyers by the millions switch from sedans and coupes to utes.

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“Even as the global SUV market is nearing saturation, we believe that extra small or small SUVs have more room for growth than large SUVs,” said Hyundai Motor Co Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun said during the unveiling of the Kona in Seoul on Tuesday. (more…)

Hyundai Motor America Recalling 600,000 Vehicles

Problems with hood latches, warning lights force action.

by on Jun.08, 2017

Both Santa Fe and Sport are being recalled due to a faulty hood latch cable.

Hyundai announced it will recall nearly 600,000 vehicles by the end of June to resolve two separate issues: faulty hood latches and parking brake warning lights.

Both recalls will begin June 30.

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said the company 437,400 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport crossovers due to a faulty cable for the secondary hood latch. The cable may corrode and prevent the hood from latching. (more…)

Kia Gets Stonic With its New, Subcompact Crossover

Korean carmaker’s answer to Hyundai Kona set for sale in late 2017.

by on Jun.07, 2017

Kia sketches out plans for its entry into the subcompact SUV segment with new Stonic.

Even before we had a chance to check out the three renderings of Kia’s new subcompact crossover, the Korean carmaker’s press release got our minds working overtime. What exactly is a “Stonic”? What could it be trying to convey with that curious name – and how might it resonate with consumers.

“Strong” and “Supersonic,” perhaps, or “Speedy” and “Bionic”? Well, we were getting warm. The name actually blends the words “Speedy” and “Tonic,” it turns out. And, if nothing else, we’re betting Kia’s legal team likes it because it’s likely not going to conflict with any existing trademarks anywhere in the world.

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The Kia Stonic appears to be the smaller Korean carmaker’s answer to bigger sibling Hyundai’s new Kona – of which we got a pair of teaser images just a few days ago. Both models are believed to share the same, underlying platform as the redesigned Hyundai Accent coming out later this year.

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Hyundai Kona: First Look at New Subcompact SUV

Filling a gap in a fast-growing segment.

by on Jun.05, 2017

Hyundai teases the new 2018 Kona SUV.

Hyundai is set to fill an increasingly big gap in its small vehicle line-up with the upcoming launch of the Kona SUV.

With only two sport-utility vehicles in its line-up right now, the Korean carmaker has been leaving lots of potential business on the table for competitors with broader line-ups. The gap has been particularly noticeable at the low end where vehicles like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V have been building momentum in the U.S. and other markets.

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Hyundai officials have been hinting for several years about plans to close the gap and while several new SUV models may follow, the roll-out is set to begin early in the 2018 model-year with the arrival of the Kona. The South Korean maker is giving us a first good look at what’s coming with some teaser images that we’ve enhanced ever so slightly to bring more details out of the shadows.

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First Drive: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

New entry poised to take on Toyota Prius.

by on Apr.18, 2017

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is giving the Toyota Prius a serious challenger atop the hybrid mountain.

The automobile industry hybrid segment has been dominated by Toyota for many years and up until now other automakers have mounted what can be best described as half-hearted attempts to challenge the Japanese auto giant’s grip on the category.

However, with the introduction of the Ioniq, Hyundai, the ambitious South Korean automaker, is making a serious bid to gain share in the segment, which promises to grow in the future.

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The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid also can claim to be the most efficient vehicle on the road even as its new drivetrain also delivers ample power in an all new vehicle with a comfortable interior that also handles nicely, even in a heavy downpour. (more…)