Vince Courtenay

Vince
Courtenay
Correspondent,
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Vince covers South Korea and other markets in the Asia/Pacific region.

Articles
Ssangyong Teases XAVL Concept Ahead of Geneva
While it is just a concept for now, if the XAVL went into production it would be “larger than the compact Korando SUV and a little smaller than the midsize Rexton SUV,” a spokesman says.
Hyundai Enters Kona in Domestic Subcompact CUV Race
Although Hyundai’s joint venture in China and its subsidiary in India both produce subcompact CUVs, the automaker until now has not built or marketed one in Korea.
Audi, VW Korea Offer Goodwill Service Vouchers
The “We Care” voucher campaign affects neither the current recall of 27,000 VW Tiguan models in Korea, nor future recalls that will be made to correct emissions-control or noise, vibration and harshness problems in 80 Audi and VW models.
Chinese PHEV Battery Deal Has Political Overtones
Some analysts speculate China’s refusal to certify the LG Chem and Samsung SDI battery packs is a response to South Korea’s decision to deploy the U.S.-built Terminal High-Altitude Aerial Defense missile system to guard the country against attacks by China.
Hyundai Lures GM Expert to Lead Autonomous Work
Hyundai recruits Jinwoo Lee, GM’s chief researcher on self-driving cars, news the Korean automaker kept under wraps until he began his new duties Feb. 13.
GM Korea CEO Defending U.S.-Korea Free-Trade Deal
GM Korea President and CEO James Kim says the Korean government and industries must persuade the Trump Admin. to maintain the Korea-U.S. free-trade pact and develop ways to attract more investment from the U.S.
Going Rogue Paid Off for Renault Samsung in 2016
The automaker reported 2016 global sales of 257,345 vehicles, up 12% year-on-year, aided by the introduction of the homegrown QM6 midsize SUV, and contract production of the Nissan Rogue compact CUV for export to the U.S. and Canada.
Mercedes-Benz Beefing Up Thriving Korean Operations
CEO Dimitris Psillakis says the 200 billion-won investment is earmarked for construction of eight new sales outlets and seven new service centers across Korea, bringing the totals to 50 and 55, respectively.
Parent Company Freezes Hyundai, Kia Managers’ Wages
The freeze applies to the salaries of some 35,000 managers, deputy general managers and general managers at automakers Hyundai and Kia and more than 50 affiliated companies.
Korea Indicts Three Executives in Dieselgate Case
Johannes Thammer, CEO of Audi VW Korea; former CEO Trevor Hill; and former VW Korea CEO Park Dong-hoon face criminal charges for their alleged roles in selling rigged vehicles in Korea between 2011 and 2013 and allegedly falsifying test data used to obtain compliance certification for emissions and NVH levels.
Kia Dealers Boast Transparency With 3-D Hologram Car
Dealership manager Woo Young Kwan says the electronic display is bringing people inside where they can ask sales representatives about the vehicles they have studied in the holograms, and view the actual ones that are on the floor.
Kia Looks for Big Things From Picanto A-Segment Car
Kia predicts the new Morning version of the Picanto will win back Korea’s city-car crown from GM Korea’s New Spark, which ranks fifth among the country’s 10 best-selling passenger vehicles. The current-generation Morning is No.7.
New-Gen Cruze Job Lifts GM Korea Workers’ Spirits
GM announced in June it would begin exporting the all-new, Mexican-made Cruze hatchback, while production of the Cruze sedan will continue at Lordstown, OH. The Gunsan factory is building the new-generation Cruze for the Korean domestic market and selected export markets.
Malibu Helping GM Korea Find New Sales Inroads 2
The Malibu accounted for 24% of GM Korea’s domestic sales in November with 4,149 units sold, up 389% over just 848 in like-2015, and helped GM Korea set a record with 17,236 total deliveries, up 51% year-over-year.
Korea’s Ssangyong Flexes Muscle With New Products
Exports to Europe have picked up since the automaker expanded into Denmark, Sweden and Norway, resumed shipments to Russia that had been frozen in January and began penetrating Middle Eastern markets including Iran and Egypt.
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