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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 Joining Commercial Vehicle Convoy

Maker non-committal on pickups in U.S.

by on Feb.19, 2015

Hyundai is looking to grow its burgeoning truck business with the Xcient heavy-duty truck.

Hyundai has had its eye on the truck and commercial vehicle market for a long time and now it’s making its move.

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. announced in Seoul it plans to spend $1.8 billion by 2020 on the development of new commercial vehicles, including entering the race in the United States, to catch up with rivals in a rapidly growing global market, according to Reuters.

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In recent years, the commercial vehicle market has been re-shaped by companies, such as Nissan, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors, that have replaced aging models with new more fuel-efficient vehicles that can fit more easily into heavy urban traffic. (more…)

Hyundai Kills Plan for Dodge Ram-based pickup.

Korean maker instead to focus on commercial vehicles.

by on May.13, 2010

Hyundai has shelved plans to partner with Chrysler on a Korean-badged version of the Ram pickup, opting instead to focus on commercial trucks.

Hyundai has decided to cancel plans to bring a rebadged version of the Dodge Ram pickup to market and will instead focus on expanding its presence in the commercial vehicle market.

Looking to further expand its growing presence in the U.S. market, the Korean maker had been holding discussions with Chrysler about producing a Ram-based truck that would carry the Hyundai badge, but those plans were shelved recently after both parties couldn’t agree on production volumes that were being negotiated as part of a manufacturing contract between the two automakers, the source told us.

It was the second time in recent months that Chrysler had a potential partner pull out of plans to use the Dodge pickup.  Nissan has also shelved a project that would have replaced its slow-selling Titan with a Ram-based model.

Hyundai Motors Company subsidiary Hyundai Motor America provided the following statement about its rumored pickup truck development to (for which Mike Levine serves as editor):

“Hyundai Motor Co. denies that there are any current plans to bring a pickup truck of any type into the U.S. now or in the foreseeable future. Hyundai is not in discussion with Chrysler in regard to a selling a rebadged Chrysler Corp. pickup truck, or any other vehicle, in the U.S.”

Sources say that Hyundai’s research into pickup trucks was motivated by a possible new strategic direction in North America. A pickup truck would be a bridge product between Hyundai’s consumer-focused car and crossover business and the company entering the commercial truck market in the U.S. later in the decade, which could broaden Hyundai’s product portfolio with passenger and light commercial work vans and other commercial truck platforms.

While Nissan appears to have abandoned any possible partnership with Chrysler, there could still be a deal between the U.S. maker and Hyundai in the works.

The Koreans could still partner with Chrysler in the future on other work vehicles besides pickups, as it does today supplying the Ram H-100 for Hyundai in the Mexican market.

(Mike Levine is editor of Click Here for more on this story.)