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Hyundai Set to Launch 1st Pickup, Flood of New SUVs

Official Santa Cruz announcement to come by April.

by on Jan.29, 2016

Hyundai won raves for the Santa Cruz concept, a car-based pickup unveiled in early 2015.

In a market increasingly dominated by pickups and utility vehicles, Hyundai is “out of whack,” with a car-dominated model mix, but that’s about to change, says the company’s top U.S. executive.

Sometime before April, the Korean carmaker is formally planning to announce it will build the well-received Santa Cruz pickup that debuted in concept form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. But it will be just one in a flurry of new crossover-based models for both the mainstream Hyundai and new Genesis luxury brands, officials have confirmed.

“We’re out of whack, a fish swimming upstream,” in the current environment, said Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski, noting that while truck models currently account for 58% of the U.S. vehicle market, they make up barely 27% of Hyundai’s American volume.

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And without getting more in line with market trends, Hyundai is beginning to see its steady growth begin to sputter, officials acknowledged during a media preview of the new Elantra sedan in San Diego.


Toyota Baiting Mirai Buyers with Free Fuel

Japanese maker plans to have car in showrooms in October.

by on Apr.15, 2015

The Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle will hit showrooms in the U.S. this fall with free fuel to buyers.

Automakers have been providing a variety of incentives to entice buyers for decades, but Toyota’s trying to kill two birds with one stone when it comes to its new Mirai: free fuel.

The Mirai is a small four-door sedan that uses hydrogen fuel cell to generate the electricity that drives the car 300 miles on a full tank – a tank that takes just five minutes to refuel.

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First, everyone likes free fuel, but with potential Mirai buyers it’s almost a must. While hydrogen may be the most abundant gas on Earth, it’s almost non-existent when talking about fueling up a vehicle. California, where most of the Mirais will be sold, has the largest number of public fueling stations with nine, but that number is expected to rise to 20 by the end of the year. (more…)

Hyundai Mulling Second US Auto Plant

Demand for crossovers drives production increase.

by on Mar.12, 2015

Hyundai's plant in Montgomery, Alabama, may be getting another production line to meet demand for crossovers in the U.S.

Hyundai has a problem…a good problem: it can’t build enough vehicles to meet demand. As a result, it is looking to expand its production capability in the U.S. to meet the demand for its crossovers and SUVs.

The South Korean automaker has seen its marketshare in the U.S. slide as sales of crossovers and SUVs has risen in the last several months in concert with a steady decline in gas prices. The automaker’s strategy in the U.S. has focused on building more cars at its two facilities here.

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However, it’s now scrambling to decide whether it should add another production line at its plant in Montgomery, Alabama, where it currently builds the Sonata and Elantra. The new line, which Hyundai is not confirming, could take on production of its Santa Fe crossover, which is currently produced in Georgia, or the smaller Tucson, which is imported from Korea. (more…)

Hyundai Pulls Wraps off 2016 Tucson

South Korean maker looks to exploit booming crossover market.

by on Mar.04, 2015

The Hyundai Tucson made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show after weeks of teases by the company.

Hyundai teased the debut of the 2016 Tucson so well that by the time the media hit the maker’s stand for the unveiling, there was little mystery left. However, the maker rectified that by also debuting its new ix20 MPV as well and two future takes on the Tucson.

The maker also displayed its i20, i30 and i40 models for the public as well. While the new people mover and coupes are important, it’s the 2016 Tucson that is the big show. Hyundai showcased its new technology capabilities with two All-New Tucson fuel efficiency concepts – a 48-volt Hybrid and a Plug-in-Hybrid version – as well as a future connectivity cockpit concept.

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“Hyundai Motor has high aspirations for the brand in Europe. The All-New Tucson is a bold new car that brings to life our claim ‘New Thinking, New Possibilities’ and will change perceptions of the brand,” said Jochen Sengpiehl, vice president Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. (more…)

Hyundai Shows New 2016 Tucson Ahead of Geneva Debut

New ute gets sleeker look.

by on Feb.20, 2015

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson will get a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, but no diesel is available in the U.S.

Two weeks after teasing us with some early renderings – and another two weeks before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show – Hyundai has offered up several complete images of the next generation Tucson sport-utility vehicle.

With a sleeker design that moves even further away from the classic, boxy SUV look of earlier versions, the new Tucson is clearly aimed at building Hyundai’s share of the booming global utility vehicle market.

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Among other things, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson will get a new turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. But U.S. buyers won’t get the diesel offered in Europe. (more…)

Hyundai Sketches Tease New Tucson

Korean carmaker will use Geneva as backdrop for ute’s unveiling.

by on Feb.04, 2015

Hyundai is giving everyone an early look the new Tucson ahead of its debut in Geneva.

Hyundai will roll out a major redesign of its popular Tucson sport-utility vehicle at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. But it’s already offering a hint of what’s to come thanks to a sketch and a video that focuses in on the development process.

The updated Tucson will pick up on some of the latest Hyundai design cues, such as the signature hexagonal grille, refined by recent offering such as the second-generation Genesis luxury sedan.

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“Our new compact SUV will be a big step forward for the Hyundai brand globally,” said Peter Schreyer, president and chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group, in a statement accompanying the Tucson sketch. (more…)

Stylish yes, But is 2013 Ford Escape as Useful as Old One?

Sleek new cute ute is a major departure from the old box.

by on Dec.26, 2012

Ford says the 2013 Ford Escape is as useful as the original, but now in a sleek and stylish package.

For me, a new Ford Escape is personal. Our 2002 model was simply the best car we’ve ever owned.

With its optional V-6, it was powerful, it was as maneuverable as a go-kart and it had an interior that simply could not possibly have fit inside what looked like a smallish sport utility on the outside. Tough grey plastic cladding on the bottom gave that original Escape a rough and read, youthful look and it brushed off road debris without trouble.

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There’s a good reason buyers have made it the best-selling small SUV on the market. It may have been a box, but it just worked.

But now Ford has built a new Escape, with swoopier styling, new powertrain options and a modern interior. The question is whether this new Escape can live up to or improve on one of the most useful vehicles of its size ever made.

Let’s take a look.

Sportage Shows Kia’s Styling Growth

Small sport ute is beautifully designed, but please, fix the ride.

by on Feb.10, 2011

Kia's new Sportage continues the automaker's recent trend toward building stylish vehicles.

For the better part of two decades Kia has made progressively better cars, but the design and styling still lagged.

The designs were often boring (previous generation Sportage) and sometimes strangely ornate (Amanti).

Not many people looked at a Kia, any Kia, and said “Wow, I want to drive that.”

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That is changing rapidly. The latest Optima is a smartly styled mid-size sedan. The Soul is a funky little box, the type of shape that hipsters love. And now, Kia has an swoopy new Sportage small crossover.

Kia says the new Sportage design takes its – sorry about this – cue from the Kue concept that was introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Well, OK. That sleek two-door concept did have a high beltline and a low roof, much like the new Sportage, but after that, they don’t have all that much in common.

First Look: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

A high tech, high content crossover joins the SUV sales fray.

by on Dec.03, 2009

Light weight and high power wins every time.

Light weight and high power wins every time.

In the second punch of a one-two combination aimed at Toyota and Honda,  Hyundai unveiled the latest version of the Tucson crossover today in Los Angeles, which joins the upcoming Sonata in its evolving and increasingly sophisticated product line.

Like Sonata, Tucson has more room, more economy and more technology in an attempt to succeed in what’s, arguably, the most important segment of the U.S. market now that fuel prices have driven a stake into the heart of body-on-frame SUVs.

Tucson is one of seven new or revised models planned by the end of 2011, as the Korean company continues to stalk leading Japanese and domestic competitors in its quest for global automotive domination.

This Tucson version is the first Hyundai crossover utility vehicle designed and engineered in Europe at Hyundai’s Frankfurt-based technical center.

It has weight saving technologies – it’s measurably lighter than Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4– and the efficient “Theta II” 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which is also due to appear on the mid-size Sonata sedan early next year.