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Hyundai Counting on Crossovers to Kick-Start Momentum

Redesigned Tucson could be followed by two all-new CUVs.

by on Jul.16, 2015

Hyundai has scored major gains in quality with products like the 2015 Tucson, but now it needs to increase production levels.

After watching sales grow more than seven-fold from 1998 to 2014, Hyundai Motor America unexpectedly leveled off last year, and company officials think there’s one primary reason why: a lack of crossover-utility vehicles.

The Korean carmaker simply hasn’t kept up with one of the biggest changes to reshape the U.S. auto industry in decades, with SUVs and CUVs now outselling sedans for the first time ever. But that soon could change, according to HMA CEO Dave Zuchowski. Hyundai not only has an all-new Tucson for 2016, but it’s getting a big increase in production capacity.

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Longer-term, Zuchowski said, Hyundai is looking to significantly expand its crossover line-up, with two possible new models in the works, offerings that would bookend the maker’s current utility vehicle line-up. (more…)

Kia Generating Buzz with Stinger Concept

GT4 2+2 sports car is a daily driver doubling as a track star.

by on Jan.13, 2014

Kia's GT4 Stinger concept is designed to be a daily commuter and a track-ready beast. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Strong design has been the foundation of Kia’s growth in the past few years. While he has moved upstairs to a new job that put him in charge of design at both Kia and Hyundai, Peter Schreyer remains one of the industry’s influential designers and he is encouraging his designers around the world to build on the company’s design success.

For the North American International Auto Show, Kia debuted a lightweight concept car: the GT4 Stinger. The concept suggests that Kia’s management is thinking about building a sport car that could put a halo around the brand as a companion to the new Kia 900 luxury car unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto in November.

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Kia designers from the company’s U.S. studio in Irvine, Calif., said the GT4 hearkens back to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars. The design language moves in a new direction, while the concept pushes the boundaries of performance with a rear-drive 2+2 sports car, where Kia has made a substantial investment developing a racing team to challenge competitors, such as Mazda.  (more…)

Kia Displays Latest Electronic Innovations at CES

User-Centered Device gives info in 3-D display.

by on Jan.07, 2014

Kia's User-Centered Device (UCD) uses a wide-screen, head-up display to give drivers information such as speed, navigation or traffic information.

Kia continues to find ways to grow its customer base whether its with pricing, improved quality and now it’s looking toward interactive technologies to differentiate the company and its vehicles from the pack.

The Korean maker showed a couple of concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can be used with its UVO system. The first is a User-Centered Device (UCD). The UCD uses a wide-screen, head-up display to give drivers information such as speed, navigation or traffic information across 18 inches above the instrument cluster. It’s joined by a 12.3-inch TFT-LCD display that provides the data in 3-D.

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Additionally, the system charges mobile devices wirelessly and uses hand-gesture recognition for additional information. (more…)

First Drive: Hyundai Elantra

The perfect vehicle for turning your company mileage into a profit-sharing check.

by on Jun.02, 2011

As fuel sippers go, they don't come any more beautiful than Hyundai's new Elantra.

Correction: Hyundai did not work with Microsoft to develop the Elantra’s infotainment system, according to a spokesman for the automaker.

When you’re traveling on business, the amount your company pays for mileage does not change based on the car you drive. Nope, whether you drive a high-mileage hatchback or a heavy-duty full-size pickup, the rate that your company pays for business travel is probably fixed, or, at best, tied to fuel prices.

The bottom line? If you drive a fuel miser, you’ll pocket more money from your mileage check than if you drive something with enough horses to power the city water treatment plant. And now that filling your tank costs enough to make you faint, it might be time to buy something that costs less than a night at a swanky hotel to fill.

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Many recent Hyundais, such as this Elantra, seem to fit the bill. Hyundai has made a habit of introducing new cars rated at 40 mpg highway, including the midsize Sonata hybrid and of course, the subcompact Accent. The Elantra is also rated at 40 mpg. And that’s for a regular version with a six-speed automatic transmission. No strange continuously variable transmission. Not a special high-mileage version.

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