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Updated Kia Ray Teased Before Launch Later This Month 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Kia, Kia Ray, Korea, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


Kia has released a pair of teaser images showcasing the next-generation Ray city car, set to premiere before the end of 2017.

These images were shared on Facebook by Hyundai and reveal a comprehensive makeover that’s sure to freshen-up the rather bland five-door, currently sold in South Korea.

Up front, the new Ray will adopt a split front grille design as well as circular fog lights on either side of the front bumper. Also visible are projector headlights and LED daytime running lights. Elsewhere, we can see a set of intriguing black and silver wheels, a floating roof design and refined taillights.

Unbeknownst to many, the current Kia Ray was actually the firm’s first production battery electric vehicle and is sold with a 67 hp electric motor and 16.4 kWh battery providing roughly 86 miles (138 km) of charge. Offered alongside the electric variant is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder in both petrol and petrol/LPG guises.

It remains to be seen if the new car will be sold with these same powertrains but we’ll find out son enough.

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Hyundai Workers Resume Kona Production In South Korea 30
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Korea, Reports, SUV on 11 30th, 2017


Production of the Hyundai Kona has resumed in South Korea following a two-day long workers strike.

Hyundai originally intended on increasing output of the Kona and building it on a second assembly line at a domestic factory. However, workers were concerned that this move could result in job losses due to the automaker’s desire to add more automation to the production line and outsourcing work to parts manufacturers.

In protesting against the proposed changes, workers at the factory disrupted the production of roughly 1,230 Kona models.

For now, Hyundai has halted its plans to increase Kona production and doesn’t believe the delay will affect the vehicle’s arrival in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018.

Hyundai is currently in talks with the labor union to come to an amicable solution, Auto News reports.

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2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. Has A Larger Battery, And 132 Miles Of Pure-Electric Range 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Korea, KOTSA, new cars, renault, Renault Fluence, Samsung on 11 23rd, 2017


Renault has just unveiled an updated version of the Samsung SM3 Z.E., at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea.

The Megane-based compact sedan, which is known as Fluence in different parts of the world, has dropped its previous 22kWh battery in favor of a 36kWh unit.

This move is said to have zero impact on the electric sedan’s weight, but as a result, the range has increased by an impressive 57 percent over its predecessor, to 132 miles, or 213 kilometers, as based on the Korean type approval cycle.

According to a Korean Transport Safety Authority (KOTSA) report, the local average daily trip stood at 25 miles (40km) last year, which means that the ‘new’ Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. will be able to run for some 5 days, in theory, between charges.

Thanks to its mechanical tweaks, this zero-emission compact car is expected to become very popular in South Korea, where state-run fleets and taxi operators are already using the pre-updated version.

Moreover, the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare purchased 1,200 units of the car last April, in a move that should help the brand “strengthen its geographical and segment coverage, and foster a step-up in the electric vehicle market“, according to Renault’s Electric Vehicle SVP, Gilles Normand.

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2018 Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. Has A Larger Battery, And 132 Miles Of Pure-Electric Range 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Korea, KOTSA, new cars, renault, Renault Fluence, Samsung on 11 23rd, 2017


Renault has just unveiled an updated version of the Samsung SM3 Z.E., at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea.

The Megane-based compact sedan, which is known as Fluence in different parts of the world, has dropped its previous 22kWh battery in favor of a 36kWh unit.

This move is said to have zero impact on the electric sedan’s weight, but as a result, the range has increased by an impressive 57 percent over its predecessor, to 132 miles, or 213 kilometers, as based on the Korean type approval cycle.

According to a Korean Transport Safety Authority (KOTSA) report, the local average daily trip stood at 25 miles (40km) last year, which means that the ‘new’ Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. will be able to run for some 5 days, in theory, between charges.

Thanks to its mechanical tweaks, this zero-emission compact car is expected to become very popular in South Korea, where state-run fleets and taxi operators are already using the pre-updated version.

Moreover, the country’s Ministry of Health and Welfare purchased 1,200 units of the car last April, in a move that should help the brand “strengthen its geographical and segment coverage, and foster a step-up in the electric vehicle market“, according to Renault’s Electric Vehicle SVP, Gilles Normand.

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Is Hyundai Planning To Buy FCA? 22
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Hyundai, Korea, Reports on 09 22nd, 2017


Reports have surfaced indicating that Hyundai is interested in acquiring Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in a deal which would make it to the world’s largest carmaker.
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This Is The Face Of The Upcoming Genesis G70 11
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Genesis, Genesis G70, Genesis Scoops, Korea, Reports, Scoops on 09 11th, 2017


Last week, an image surfaced online showing the Genesis G70 from the rear without any camoflage in sight. Based on that grainy image alone, many appear to be fans of the sports sedan already.
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Genesis Begins Its Journey To Reveal BMW 3-Series Rivaling G70 Sports Sedan 5
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Genesis, Genesis G70, Genesis Videos, Korea, video on 09 5th, 2017


The first official teaser video of the Genesis G70 sports sedan has been released before the vehicle’s global premiere in Seoul, South Korea on September 15.
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Genesis G70 Snapped In Seoul Without Any Camo 5
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Genesis, Genesis G70, Korea, Reports on 09 5th, 2017


The Genesis G70 won’t debut until September 15 but images have just surfaced of its exterior and interior free of any camouflage.
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Long-Awaited Genesis G70 To Arrive September 15 4
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Genesis, Genesis G70, Korea, Reports on 09 4th, 2017


Genesis has confirmed that the long-awaited G70 sports sedan will premiere in Seoul, South Korea on September 15.
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Kia To Cough Up $373 Million In Unpaid Wages 31
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Korea, Reports on 08 31st, 2017


Kia has been ordered to pay roughly 420 billion won ($373 million) in unpaid wages following a long-running pay dispute with workers.
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Hyundai Next Generation FCEV Debuts With 360-Mile Range 17
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, Hydrogen, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, Korea, Reports, SUV on 08 17th, 2017


Hyundai has just unveiled its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell SUV in near-production form, dubbed the Next Generation FCEV.
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Hyundai Next Generation FCEV Debuts With 360-Mile Range 17
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, Hydrogen, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, Korea, Reports, SUV on 08 17th, 2017


Hyundai has just unveiled its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell SUV in near-production form, dubbed the Next Generation FCEV.
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South Korea To Offer Generous Subsidies For Tesla Buyers 21
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Korea, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 07 21st, 2017


After Tesla owners in South Korea were initially shunned by the government for its generous electric vehicle subsidies, the nation’s Ministry of Environment has done a backflip and will offer discounts to newly-registered Tesla vehicles.
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2018 Kia Sorento Gets A Classy Facelift In Korea 20
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Kia, Kia Sorento, Korea, new cars on 07 20th, 2017


Kia has just updated the Sorento SUV for the 2018 model year in its home country and while the changes are small, they’re fairly noticeable.
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Hyundai Struggling To Source Ioniq Batteries After Unexpected Demand 20
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, hyundai ioniq, Korea, Reports, Tech on 07 20th, 2017


Hyundai is struggling to keep up with demand for the Ioniq Electric and is reportedly facing a shortage of batteries from LG Chem.
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