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Hyundai Venue Completes Korean Carmaker’s SUV Roll-Out

Targeting buyers who’d love to get out of a used car.

by on Apr.18, 2019

Hyundai keeps growing its sport-utility offerings. The new Venue, its smallest SUV, made its debut at the NYIAS.

Hyundai was one of the few automakers to use the Great Recession to its advantage, actually picking up sales and market share while the rest of the U.S. auto industry plunged to levels unseen in decades. Ironically, the Korean carmaker took an unexpected tumble as the rest of the market turned around, unprepared to adapt to the sudden shift from sedans and coupes to SUVs and CUVs.

Hyundai isn’t about to let that happen again, the automaker using this year’s New York International Auto Show to roll out the seventh, and newest, member of its rapidly expanding utility vehicle line-up, the 2020 Hyundai Venue. In sharp contrast to the recently added Palisade, its biggest and most lavish CUV, the subcompact Venue targets a mostly younger buyer on a tight budget.

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“About one-third of (used car) buyers started out looking for a new vehicle but couldn’t afford it,” said Brian Smith, Hyundai Motor America’s chief operating officer, during the Venue’s NYIAS debut. “That’s a perfect opportunity for a vehicle like this.” (more…)

Hyundai Names Former Nissan Exec José Muñoz its New COO

The 53-year-old exec was forced out in wake of Nissan’s Ghosn scandal.

by on Apr.18, 2019

José Muñoz, Nissan's former chief performance officer, is joining Hyundai and will oversee U.S. operations as part of his duties.

José Muñoz, the widely admired Nissan chief performance officer forced out in the wake of the scandal surrounding former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, is moving to South Korea, where he will become the global chief operating officer at Hyundai Motor Co.

The 52-year-old Muñoz was considered a rising Nissan star and a potential successor to Ghosn but tendered his resignation in January, sources told, in protest over the Japanese automaker’s handling of the Ghosn investigation. The 65-year-old Ghosn remains in a Japanese detention center accused of a variety of financial crimes, though skeptics contend he has become the victim in a power struggle between Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault.

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In his new post, Muñoz also will serve as president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America. (more…)

Hyundai Reveals Revitalized Eighth-Generation Sonata

Most successful product gets complete makeover for 2020.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The Hyundai Sonata gets a complete exterior makeover for the 2020 model year.

Hyundai’s spent much of the last 12 to 18 months playing catch up with its sport-utility portfolio; however, today it got back to one of the vehicles that helped to drive much of its success a few years ago, introducing an updated all-new 2020 Sonata.

The eight-generation sedan, which is the automaker’s longest-standing and most successful product, bowed at the New York International Auto Show. The latest iteration features a complete exterior update, separating it from its predecessors and showcasing Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy.

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Not only does the new Sonata get new sheet metal, it also gets an all-new Smartstream G2.5 GDI engine and segment-first technology that can be personalized, the automaker noted. Fortunately, loyal Sonata buyers won’t have to wait long for the new model as production begins in September at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama with sales following in October. (more…)

From Minicars to $4M Hypercars, Something for Everyone

Check out the debuts from the foreign makers.

by on Apr.15, 2019

The New York International Auto Show will see dozens of new model introductions this year.

There’s been plenty of talk about the end of the auto show era, and we’ve certainly seen a lot of manufacturers step back from the lavish previews that were the norm in decades past. That said, this year’s New York International Auto Show looks to be a major event, with close to three dozen vehicles making either their North American or global debut.

There’s something for everyone’s taste and budget, from the new, entry-level Nissan Versa all the way up to the special edition Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti,” a hypercar expected to go for somewhere around $4 million. No surprise, there’s a particular focus on sport- and crossover-utility vehicles, reflecting the ongoing shift in the U.S. market.

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We’re waiting to hear more about some of the products coming to the 2019 NYIAS, several automakers promising to deliver some surprises – such as the all-electric concept Genesis has been hinting at. But here’s a look at the foreign automaker’s products we already know about that will debut at the Jacob Javits Convention Center this coming week. (We’ve put the American brands in a separate piece due to length.) (more…)

Hyundai Teases Tiniest SUV, Venue, Ahead of NYIAS Debut

Set to become one of market’s most affordable utes.

by on Apr.09, 2019

This rendering suggests the new Hyundai Venue will lift key design cues from the Kona model.

After years of rapid growth, Hyundai sales hit an unexpected speed bump a couple years ago, the automaker failing to anticipate the explosive growth of the utility vehicle market.

As these teaser images suggest, that’s a mistake Hyundai is rapidly aiming to rectify. In little more than a year, the Korean carmaker has radically shaken up its line-up, adding models like the compact Kona, the big Palisade, and even the hydrogen-powered Nexo. Now, however, it’s preparing to add its smallest crossover ever.

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Set to debut at the New York International Auto Show next week, the Hyundai Venue will also become the carmaker’s most affordable utility vehicle once it rolls into U.S. showrooms later this year.


Genesis Bringing Out its Battery-Electric Best for NYIAS

Luxury brand is also going to show off new G90 as well.

by on Apr.02, 2019

The Genesis G90 full-size sedan provides plenty of luxury appointments and gets a few updates for this year.

Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, has finally revealed what it plans to put on display at the New York International Auto Show in a few weeks: an electric vehicle and the new Genesis G90 sedan.

“You’ll have an electric show car for Genesis,” design head Luc Donckerwolke told Roadshow during the Seoul Motor Show last week.

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The automaker showed off the Essentia Concept coupe in New York last year, but this year’s battery-powered beast is likely to be closer to a production vehicle than a concept, according to the report. The EV, whose name hasn’t been revealed, is likely to first to built off the South Korean automaker’s EV platform. (more…)

Hyundai’s New CUV Will Be the Place to be Seen at NYIAS

Automaker chooses Venue as new crossover name.

by on Mar.28, 2019

Hyundai released a teaser photo of its new crossover debuting at the New York International Auto Show.

The number of utility vehicles, large and small, grows as carmakers chase consumer demand. Perhaps more importantly, they also have to find names for the new vehicles.

Hyundai said this week it plans to name its all-new 2020 crossover utility vehicle, the Hyundai Venue.

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The new entry CUV name references a “place” where people want to be seen, or in this case, inside the vehicle, Hyundai officials said. The Venue symbolizes a trendy, unique style, perfect for Hyundai’s newest and smallest CUV, according to the automaker. (more…)

Hyundai Jumps Big Apple, Debuting New Sonata in Seoul

Korean carmaker also shows off customized N performance line.

by on Mar.28, 2019

Attendees of the Seoul Motor Show got an early look at the 2020 Hyundai Sonata turbo with its revised grille and sleeker overall design.

Hyundai will be bringing the next-generation Sonata to the New York International Auto Show next month but the automaker’s home market show got a jump on the Big Apple this week with the debut of the Sonata 1.6 Turbo model.

Expected to be one of the more important launches of the year, the 2020 remake adopts a much bolder look than the current Sonata, with a more coupe-like silhouette and the new “Parametric Jewel” grille intended to accentuate the car’s width and refinement.

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Separately, Hyundai is showing off its new Veloster N performance model with a heavily modified version of the hatchback featuring 45 different customizable parts, including lightweight forged wheels and a high-performance suspension system. (more…)

Kia Uncovers Two New SUV Concepts at Seoul Motor Show

Expect production models to follow.

by on Mar.28, 2019

Kia isn't saying what it will call the production version of its sub-Sportage, Signature Concept.

Better late than never, Kia is racing to catch up to key competitors by adding a flood of new sport-utility vehicles to its line-up, and its giving a hint of what’s coming with two SUVs concepts making their debut at this week’s Seoul Motor Show.

The two bookend Kia’s future utility line-up, the Masterpiece hinting at a large SUV with serious off-road capabilities, while the Signature suggests where Kia will be heading with a compact urban crossover.

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“While each of the concepts hint at the direction Kia’s designers could take in future, each also illustrates different elements of the brand’s future model strategy (in terms of) in terms of design, layout and use of technology,” the automaker said in a statement previewing the debut of the two new utility vehicles.


Hyundai Shows Off 2020 Remake for Sonata

South Korean automaker updates its flagship.

by on Mar.06, 2019

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has lifted some cues from several recent concepts, including the Le Fil Rouge.

Every so often, traveling down the highway, you’ll run across an old Hyundai Sonata and realize just how dramatically the Korean carmaker has changed its approach to styling over the course of barely a decade.

Get ready for another surprise as Hyundai prepares to roll out an all-new version of its flagship sedan at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Lower, wider, sportier and decidedly more upscale in appearance, it just might give pause to some of the folks who’ve been thinking about migrating to one of the company’s new SUVs.

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“Sonata celebrates innovative coupe-like silhouette,” said Sang Yup Lee, senior vice president and head of the Hyundai Design Center. “A short overhang, sloping roofline and low deck lid create a balanced feel, and Hyundai’s signature chrome accent now goes all the way into the hood, making it look even longer. It also has LED lighting built in. These cues bring the Sensuous Sportiness design to life.”


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