Genesis brand born with luxury heritage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Hyundai came to the Detroit auto show with what seemed to be a fully formed vision for its Genesis luxury brand, built around rear-wheel-drive platforms, Nurburgring-worthy tuning and styling by the best designers that the Hyundai empire could pluck from the likes of Audi, BMW, Bentley and Lamborghini.... Read More »


Hyundai resists the allure of retail temples for Genesis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Instead of requiring its dealers to build costly Genesis showrooms, Hyundai is planning to use a mix of specialty showrooms, standalone stores and hybrid stores, depending on the market. The thinking is that by saving money on capital improvements, Hyundai and its dealers will be able to invest more heavily in technology and a convenient customer experience.... Read More »


The auto world according to Jonas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Give Adam Jonas a mic and a stage, and you better brace for a rat-a-tat-tat of snap judgments.... Read More »

Hyundai: Expect Ioniq hybrid in Q3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

Hyundai will launch hybrid and all-electric versions of its Ioniq five-door hatchback in the third quarter, said Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.... Read More »

Hyundai eyes Mexico output of new Accent car next year, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Hyundai is planning to build the new version of its Accent small car at a Mexican plant owned by sister company Kia Motors, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, shifting some output of lower-margin vehicles out of high-cost South Korea.... Read More »

Emotional Acura, Hyundai ads among honorees of One Show awards

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Acura and Hyundai's heartstring-pulling spots were among the winners during the third annual One Show Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards. The winners were announced today during the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

U.S., major automakers to announce safety accord Friday, reports say

7:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The U.S. government and a group of leading global automakers are set to announce a ground-breaking voluntary agreement at the Detroit auto show on Friday aimed at dramatically improving the industry's safety, according to company officials.... Read More »

Kia concept hints at a large SUV

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

Kia will show a concept at the Detroit auto show this week that hints at the styling of "a possible future premium large SUV."... Read More »

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 »

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