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U..S. Wants To Maintain Import Tariff On Korean Pickup Trucks 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Donald Trump, Hyundai, Kia, Korea, KORUS, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


USA and South Korea talks about a new trade deal come at a time of great pressure due to North Korea’s nuclear arms.

President Trump wants to sign a trade deal with South Korea that strikes a balance between his domestic agenda and the need to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, Reuters reports.

Since signing the previous U.S-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in 2012, the U.S. goods trade deficit with South Korea has doubled. Almost 90 percent of the 2016 shortfall ($27.6 billion) came from the automotive sector, which is an issue expected to be pressed hard during the negotiation.

The talks are led by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Michael Beeman and the Director General for FTA negotiations at South Korea’s trade ministry Yoo Myung-hee. Yoo confirmed that the U.S. has primarily raised the issue of the automobile sector.

According to sources on both sides, a top priority for the U.S. is to maintain a tariff of 25 percent on imports of Korean pickup trucks and vans, which the existing deal would phase out from 2019. South Korea has also been criticized as discriminating against imports with a range of non-tariff barriers.

The report goes on saying that the two South Korean car makers, Hyundai and Kia, also believe that Washington will push for increasing the current 25,000-vehicle per U.S. car maker shipment to South Korea limit that can enter the country without meeting their domestic industry regulations.

Another source said that the U.S. is interested in South Korea easing its vehicle emissions targets which are viewed as discriminating against vehicles made in the United States.



The World’s First Dedicated Genesis Showroom Goes All Gangnam Style 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dealers, Genesis, Korea on 01 8th, 2018


Launching new vehicles is complicated enough. Launching an entirely new brand is another matter entirely. But that’s the process in which Hyundai finds itself right now with its Genesis brand.

It’s already revealed the new G90, G80, and G70, and will have many more to come. But now it needs the showrooms in which to sell them. And this is what they’ll look like.

What you see here is the first dedicated Genesis showroom, which the automaker itself will open in June in the swanky Gangnam district of Seoul. With 14,000 square feet of floor space, the two-story facility ought to serve as the blueprint for the dealerships it’ll franchise around the world in the coming months and years.

So what does it entail? For starters, it’s not all glass. Hyundai has gone for a more intimate environment: “a private and personal setting that enhances the interaction between the customer and the product.”

The vehicles are on display, of course, and there are further displays showing the colors and interior options available for order. There’s also a “Launch Bay” that serves as the starting point for test drives, with an augmented/virtual reality guide to help drivers embark on five different test routes around the South Korean capital: Urban Green, Urban Highway, Dynamic, K-Road, and Short Course.

The whole space is bathed in soft ambient light panels (instead of glare-inducing spotlights), perfumed with the brand’s signature scent and serenaded by its signature sound – which, we gather, is not that infuriatingly catchy K-pop song that was all the rage a few years back.

“The Genesis brand is a promise – a promise of a new way of automotive luxury,” said brand chief Manfred Fitzgerald. “Genesis Gangnam is the physical embodiment of that promise and how we serve our clientele. Customer experience is vital and we will now work on a global scale to bring many of the aspects of our brand’s flagship store to customers around the world.”

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2018 Welcomes Hyundai’s Facelifted Grand Starex 12-Seater Minivan 1
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Hyundai, Hyundai H1 / Starex, Korea, new cars on 01 1st, 2018


Hyundai sells plenty of different vehicles in the United States, but there are some we never see. Like the Grand Starex.

Alternately sold in other markets as the iLoad, iMax, i800, and H1, the Starex is more of a commercial van than the minivans popularized in America. It’s about as long as a Kia Sedona, but can accommodate as many as 12 passengers across four rows of seating.

The current, second-generation model was introduced over a decade ago, but has now undergone a facelift to keep up with the times. That includes new front- and rear-end styling, punctuated by new head- and taillight graphics.

The grille’s new and bigger as well, and the interior’s been comprehensively updated to include a new 8-inch infotainment screen, fresh steering wheel, and updated trim.

This being a commercial vehicle, power comes from a diesel engine – specifically a 2.5-liter turbodiesel. It produces 138 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque when mated to a six-speed manual, or 172 hp and 332 lb-ft with the five-speed automatic that brings with it a variable turbocharger.

Buyers in South Korea can opt for all-wheel drive with a locking differential as well. Pricing starts at 21.1 million won, or nearly $20k at current exchange rates. Prospective customers in markets like Europe, the UK, and Australia can expect to see the updated models arrive in the near future as well. Just don’t expect to see any roaming American roads.

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2018 Kia Ray Facelift Unveiled In South Korea 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Kia, Kia Ray, Kia Videos, Korea, video on 12 13th, 2017


Following a preview earlier this month, Kia has officially unveiled the updated Ray in South Korea.

Looking instantly recognizable, the facelifted model has a new front fascia with a revised grille, circular fog lights, and restyled headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. The Ray has also been equipped with a modified rear bumper, updated taillights, and new 15-inch alloy wheels. A variety of customization options will be available including contrasting colors for the roof, grille, mirror caps, and tailgate appliqué.

The interior largely carries over but drivers will find a new three-spoke steering wheel, a revised gear knob, and additional metallic accents. The Ray also offers a seven-inch infotainment system as well as an assortment of options such as mood lighting and color contrasting floor mats.

Speaking of options, the Ray will be available with a pet-friendly package that includes a removable cage, a rear seat cover, and a “fence” that separates the first and second row. Customers can also order a new “trendy” trim which adds faux leather seats with a heated front row.

Kia declined to give detailed performance specifications but the car can be ordered with an improved 1.0-liter petrol engine that produces up to 78 PS (57 kW).

Pricing starts at 13.15 million won ($12,098) while a van variant will also be available for as little as 12.1 million won ($11,132).

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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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