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Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 16
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Mazda is heralding 25 years of the Miata at the New York auto show this week. (DAVID PHILLIPS)
On paper, the MX-5 Miata probably shouldn’t be that important to Mazda. Last year, the roadster accounted for just 2 percent of Mazda’s U.S. sales, with fewer than 6,000 units sold. Toyota sells more Camrys in a week. The market for sporty, two-seat cars is a shadow of what it once was since competitors have all but abandoned making the kind of affordable spor ...
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Hyundai honors Genesis with a winged badge

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
The three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz. BMW's blue-and-white roundel. Audi's four rings. Hyundai's wings.OK, it's probably a little premature to put Hyundai in that group of luxury carmakers. (A little?) But Hyundai looks like it's starting to get more serious about its luxury aspirations. For evidence, look no further than the 2015 Genesis' badging.After sticking with Hy ...
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Krafcik left strong legacy, and some unfinished business

Posted 9:02 am U.S. ET, Dec. 31
LOS ANGELES -- There are still some unanswered questions about last week's announcement that John Krafcik is being replaced as CEO of Hyundai Motor America.We know his contract with Hyundai was set to expire at year end, but was it the higher-ups at Hyundai Motor Co. in South Korea or Krafcik himself who chose not to renew? If it's the latter, why? If it's the former, what ...
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Hyundai, Kia make the best of their sales slowdown

Posted 3:50 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 15
Hyundai’s and Kia’s sales momentum may have cooled this year, but their customers don’t seem to care.The Korean brands posted the biggest year-over-year increases in J.D. Power’s Sales Satisfaction Index among non-luxury brands in 2013, according to results released Thursday. Hyundai ranked No. 5 with a score of 677 this year, compared with 650 last ...
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Kia compact coupe, hatchback go turbo

Posted 10:15 am U.S. ET, March 27
NEW YORK -- Most compact cars are engineered to be a means of affordable transportation for the masses, often sacrificing fun for practicality.With its redesigned Forte lineup, Kia seems to be doing the opposite. The Forte will be the industry's only compact car lineup that offers sporty versions with turbocharged engines in two body styles -- a coupe and a hot hatch. A 20 ...
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Kia's challenge: Keep the heart in the Soul

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 26
It's an age-old problem: how not to screw up a smash hit when you design the successor. Thus close attention will be paid to the second-generation Kia Soul at the New York auto show this week.The Soul, the first production vehicle done under chief stylist Peter Schreyer, helped put Kia on the design map when it arrived in 2009. The boxy subcompact with the wide stance intr ...
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