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Union Strike Could Short-Circuit Critical Launch of Hyundai Kona

Workers protest anticipated job cuts.

by on Nov.28, 2017

The debut of the Hyundai Kona in the U.S. could be in jeopardy due to a strike by workers in South Korea.

At a time when SUVs dominate the American automotive market and are gaining traction across the globe, Hyundai has been caught short. The Korean carmaker is hoping to regain momentum with the launch of an all-new third utility vehicle, but the launch of the 2018 Kona could be off to a bad start as workers in Seoul shut down production.

Union leaders called for a walkout to challenge what they believe are job cuts coming on the assembly line at Hyundai’s big home market assembly plant. And they’re warning that the strike could get even bigger, according to the Reuters news service.

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Relations have traditionally been tense between Korean workers and management, though after some relatively peaceful times there have been a number of confrontations during the last two, including shutdowns at plants run by both Hyundai and its sibling brand Kia. (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 Debuts 2016 Tucson in NYC

Maker gets competitive in growing segment.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Hyundai introduced the new Tucson in New York. It followed the global introduction, which happened in Geneva.

Hyundai’s new 2016 Tucson SUV made its American debut today in New York. The new design, debuted globally at the Geneva Motor Show, takes it a step forward.

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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“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 Geneva. (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…)