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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.