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Hyundai, VW add dealer website options

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Dealerships of Hyundai Motor America and Volkswagen of America have new choices for vendors to host their websites.... Read More »

Kia showcases electric awd with Trail'ster concept

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

Kia is out to prove that fuel economy does not have to be sacrificed by all-wheel drive with the Trail'ster concept unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.... Read More »

Vancouver couple leases first fuel cell Hyundai Tucson in Canada

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

At the Toronto auto show Thursday, Hyundai introduced its new Tucson fuel cell vehicle -- and the car's first Canadian buyers. Hyundai bills the crossover as the first fuel cell vehicle available for lease by average consumers in Canada. But there are a number of caveats.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Kia concept may preview new Optima

Feb. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Kia teased a concept car that it will fully unveil at the Geneva auto show. The concept previews the next Optima midsize car that could have a station wagon variant for the first time, according to reports.... Read More »

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Hyundai returns to the Tucson name for ix35 successor

Feb. 3, 2015 11:36 CET

Hyundai will revive the Tucson name for the successor to the ix35 compact SUV, the brand's best-selling model in Europe. The new-generation Tucson will debut at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

A little taste of the Chicago Auto Show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Kia Motors Corp. will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker released a teaser image that shows only the front third of the concept. It appears to be based on the Kia Soul, America's No. 1 selling subcompact car in 2014.... Read More »

MAKE MEETINGS

Hyundai has 'concrete' growth plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski gave dealers at the make meeting last week more details of his plan to get Hyundai back on the growth track after a slowdown in 2014. The plan hinges on a more consistent marketing message.... Read More »

MAKE MEETINGS

Kia restructures as No. 2 sales exec departs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Kia has restructured its U.S. sales organization by splitting the country into two regions instead of four, with Percy Vaughn leading the Eastern region and Phil Kelley leading the Western region, the Korean automaker told dealers at the NADA convention. That shuffle, combined with the departure of Kia's No. 2 U.S. sales executive, marks the second major shake-up in the course of a year.... Read More »

WATCH THE VIDEOS

Emotion, celebs -- and a surprise by Chevy -- in automakers' Super Bowl ads

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015

On a night filled with emotional themes and celebrities in automakers' Super Bowl ads, Chevrolet pulled out a trick play just before the kickoff: A momentary attempt to fool America into mass hysteria.... Read More »

2015 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia to unveil off-roader concept at Chicago show

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015

Kia Motors will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show, the automaker said today as it released a teaser image.... Read More »

Kia returns to Super Bowl for 6th consecutive year

6:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

Kia's 2015 Super Bowl commercial will star Pierce Brosnan parodying his role as James Bond.... Read More »

EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces.... Read More »

Hyundai plans incentives, run-out packages for Elantra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015

Hyundai is less than a year away from redesigning the Elantra compact car, its most popular US model. First, the factory will spend a little bit to help US dealers clear out inventory of the current Elantra, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski told dealers Sunday at Hyundai's make meeting.... Read More »

Hyundai's ready for cars coming off lease

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015

Hyundai Motor America, despite concerns from some analysts, is ready to handle a wave of vehicles coming off lease, CEO Dave Zuchowski promises. The industry is in the early stages of a steep increase in the volume of off-lease vehicles hitting auctions and used-car lots, a result of the near-evaporation of leasing during the recession and its strong rebound this decade.... Read More »

At Kia, the No. 2 sales exec for U.S. is out

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

A year after the last major shakeup at Kia Motors America, the Korean automaker's No. 2 U.S. sales executive parted ways with the company last week.... Read More »

Kia recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Kia is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the US because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by federal auto safety regulators.... Read More »

ADAM KRAUSHAAR, HYUNDAI NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

New product, new marketing are key for Hyundai

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

From 2008 to 2011, fresh-looking Hyundai sedans arrived in U.S. showrooms, and Hyundai dealers were able to seize on the competition's struggles. The brand's market share expanded from 3 percent to 5.1 percent. For 2014, the number was down to 4.4 percent -- chipped away by resurgent Detroit automakers and Japanese brands that have caught up with Hyundai's bold designs and spent freely on incentives. Hyundai dealers, once ecstatic, are now circumspect.... Read More »

DON HOBDEN, KIA NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

Kia dealers prepare for an off-lease blitz in 2015

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Several years after Kia Motors America hit the gas on leasing to accelerate its growth, Kia dealers are readying their certified pre-owned programs for a wave of cars. Kia's lease penetration rose from 6 percent in 2010 to 19 percent by the end of 2013, meaning that a larger-than-usual number of off-lease vehicles will return to dealerships in 2015.... Read More »

Hyundai is the latest carmaker to 'take a time out' from Super Bowl

9:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Hyundai isn't running a Super Bowl ad for the first time since 2006. The list of auto advertisers for the game continues to dwindle this year.... Read More »

Kia's fourth-quarter profit drops 54% on ruble plunge

Jan. 23, 2015 11:31 CET

Kia posted a 54 percent fall in quarterly profit as a weakening ruble reduced income earned in Russia where Kia ranks No. 2 after Lada. Kia expects sales in the market to fall 12 percent this year, because the ruble's decline could force further price rises, denting demand.... Read More »

BILL COLE, DEALER, COLE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

A voice for dealers, business in West Virginia Senate

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Dealer Bill Cole, 58, is poised to become president of the West Virginia Senate next year, and the state's lieutenant governor.... Read More »

Hyundai profit falls 19% on weak yen, ruble plunge

Jan. 22, 2015 11:39 CET

Hyundai's fourth-quarter profit fell 19 percent after the weaker yen and ruble eroded overseas earnings. A weaker yen gave rivals including Toyota a competitive edge in the U.S., while a plunge in the ruble lowered the value of earnings in Russia.... Read More »

Kia needs India plant to offset slowing sales in Russia and China, report says

Jan. 22, 2015 12:10 CET

Kia needs to set up a factory in India to tap growth in the fast-growing market and offset slowing sales in Russia and China, a Korean newspaper reported the automaker's CEO as saying. India may become the world's No. 3 auto market by next year.... Read More »

Kia challenges you to out-stare NBA star Blake Griffin

8:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

Kia is inviting people to a digital stare-off with NBA star Blake Griffin --- “Blink Griffin” -- with an interactive site using webcam technology that recognizes and responds to blinks.... Read More »

Hyundai posts biggest gain in global patent filings, report says

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Hyundai posted the biggest gains in the number of patent filings over the past five years, narrowing the gap with industry leader Toyota, according to an analysis of global patent applications released today.... Read More »

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