Kia packs Forte with technology as it shifts to Mexico plant

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Kia's freshened, technology-packed 2017 Forte will inaugurate its soon-to-open assembly plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and join a growing list of inexpensive compact cars being produced at Mexican factories for the U.S. market.... Read More »

Kia's Telluride concept signals revived interest in SUV

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

A once-burned Kia signaled that it's thinking of getting back into the SUV business with the Telluride, a concept with an efficient, plug-in hybrid powertrain and a cushy cabin for rear passengers.... Read More »

Reaching the young: A perennial puzzle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Millennials, or consumers generally in their 20s and 30s, and Generation Z buyers, those born after the millennials, pose a daunting challenge for auto marketers: They are inherently suspect of overt advertising, and have a range of new alternatives to car ownership.... Read More »

Ioniq fights Prius, point by point

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Hyundai is challenging the hybrid-car leader by touting the low center of gravity, rigid body, sporty suspension and fuel-saving lithium ion battery in its new Ioniq green car -- all points that Toyota has trumpeted regarding the redesigned Prius.... Read More »

Beacons help brands target consumers on the show floor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

This year's Detroit auto show will use beacons, wireless digital transmitters located around the exhibition hall that can track the movements of show visitors and communicate with them through their smartphones via Bluetooth as they wander the floor.... Read More »

Kia taps Telluride for new SUV concept, promises 3-D-printed components

11:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Kia Motors named its new SUV concept the Telluride and says the vehicle will feature the brand's first use of 3-D printed components. The three-dimensionally printed parts will add a “distinct, modern” flair to the interior, Kia promises.... Read More »

Kia's Slovak car factory hits record output in 2015

Jan. 7, 2016 12:56 CET

Kia says production at its Slovak plant rose 4 percent in 2015 to a record 338,000 cars. Engine production jumped by 18 percent to 582,000 units, the automaker added.... Read More »

Hyundai to build Santa Fe Sport at Alabama plant

6:56 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Hyundai will begin production of the Santa Fe Sport at its Montgomery, Ala., plant in early summer to increase supplies of the 5-passenger crossover amid a rise in light-truck demand across the industry.... Read More »

Hyundai unveils more details about Ioniq EV

10:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

Hyundai unveiled its first dedicated gasoline-electric vehicle, becoming one of a handful of automakers to challenge Toyota Motor's Prius as low oil prices weigh on demand for fuel-efficient vehicles.... Read More »


U.S. auto sales break record in 2015

8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

The U.S. auto industry set a sales record in 2015 as solid December gains by the biggest automakers pushed the annual tally above 2000's 17,402,486 mark. Volume, driven by low gas prices, pent-up demand, widespread credit availability, an increase in leasing and job gains, rose 8.9 percent last month and 5.7 percent for the year.... Read More »

Kia concept hints at return to large SUV market

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Kia Motors is eyeing a return to the large SUV market with plans to introduce a new concept vehicle at the 2016 Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Kia brands its future autonomous-car offerings

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Kia Motors doesn’t expect to sell self-driving vehicles for at least 15 years, but it has already cooked up a marketing maxim for them: “Drive Wise.”... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia deliveries reach all-time highs in U.S.

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

A slightly down December didn't stop the Hyundai brand from having its strongest year to date in 2015 after moving 761,710 vehicles in the U.S., a 5 percent gain from 2014. The news was just as good at stablemate Kia, which tallied its best annual sales ever with 625,818 vehicles.... Read More »


High-end vehicles and crossovers will take center stage in Motown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

The Detroit auto show's focus next week will be on luxury and crossovers, as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Hyundai's new Genesis brand and others unveil upscale sedans and crossovers.... Read More »

The Book of Genesis: How Hyundai plans to do luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Genesis, Hyundai Motor's new luxury brand, is a work in progress. A full-day immersion into Genesis at Hyundai headquarters revealed what Hyundai wants Genesis to be, how the carmaker plans to make that happen and what it means for the Hyundai brand.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia forecast slowest sales growth in 10 years

Jan. 4, 2016 11:04 CET

Hyundai and sibling brand Kia forecast their weakest sales growth in ten years for 2016 as a slump in China and a stronger won cuts profits. The automakers missed their sales target set for 2015.... Read More »


Nouveau riche collides with old money at Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Next week, Hyundai Motor Co. and Volvo Car Corp. will introduce posh sedans as standard-bearers for multibillion-dollar investments in luxury cars. Hyundai will show the G90 full-size sedan as the flagship of a Genesis luxury channel that will offer three sedans, two light trucks and a coupe by 2020. Volvo, amid an $11 billion revival plan under Chinese ownership, will unveil an S90 sedan that the company has described as its “entry ticket to the premium sedan club.”... Read More »


Bargain brand no more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Eye-catching designs have changed some customers' minds about Kia, but the brand still is overcoming an old reputation for unsophisticated economy cars.... Read More »


Onward to luxury cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Hyundai's U.S. sales have tracked upward with the overall market, aided by a healthy launch of the redesigned Tucson crossover.... Read More »

Hyundai: Ioniq highway mpg to top Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Hyundai says its new Ioniq, offered in three separate electrified versions, will succeed in the U.S. because it is tailored, even more than the best-selling Toyota Prius, to Americans' driving styles.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia ordered to trim cross holdings by Korean antitrust authorities

6:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2015

South Korea’s antitrust regulator ordered Hyundai Motor Group to cut cross-shareholdings strengthened by a merger between two steelmaking affiliates.... Read More »

2015 LISTS OF 10

The year's most memorable marketing moments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

Memorable moments in marketing in 2015... Read More »

Hyundai hires former Lamborghini exec Fitzgerald to shape strategy for Genesis

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

Hyundai said it hired former Lamborghini executive Manfred Fitzgerald in the latest effort by the South Korean automaker to shed its image as a value-for-money brand.... Read More »

2015 LISTS OF 10

We said hello to ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

People, vehicles and other stuff we spent some time on in 2015... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia buying captive finance stake from GE Capital

6:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2015

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors are bulking up their stakes in the automakers' captive finance company by buying shares held by GE Capital.... Read More »

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