Vince Courtenay


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

Ssangyong Cops SUV Deal With Peru’s National Police
Executive Director Young-han Song says the Rexton W scored the highest in the competition for durability and safety. He notes it Ssangyong’s largest single fleet sale to a foreign government.
G80 Next to Come From Hyundai’s Retooled Genesis Brand 2
The Genesis G80 will be available in Korea soon with Lambda 3.3L Turbo GDi and 3.8L GDi V-6 engines mated with 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Hyundai RM16 Concept Latest Step Toward N Performance Brand
The third in the RM series, the new concept is considered a rolling laboratory for future production N cars.
Twizy EV Korea-Bound as RSM Works on Electric LCV
Renault Samsung says the 1-ton light-commercial electric vehicle’s targeted range is 155 miles, but a spokesman says development of the vehicle could take up to four years.
Korea Figures Big in Renault’s Foray Into China
The new Koleos goes into production at Wuhan, China, at the end of the year. The all-electric Dongfeng Fengnuo E300 launches in 2017. Renault Samsung has a 28-member team embedded at the Dongfeng Renault JV’s plant to provide expertise in the areas of manufacturing, R&D and design.
Hyundai Hires Ace Korean Designer Away From Bentley
Sangyup Lee joins Hyundai in June as Genesis design chief and will report to global design chief Luc Donckerwolke, who also heads the automaker’s Prestige Design Div.
Hyundai Flexes R&D Muscle With Wearable Robot Suit
The warehousing industry and the military are potential mass-production markets. Hyundai says a soldier wearing the suit easily can carry 100 pounds yet move very quickly. A possible medical application would give impaired patients mobility.
GM China JV Not Big on Beijing Auto Show Buzz
There is not a single local or global debut from Buick, Cadillac or Chevrolet at the Beijing auto show whose 9-day run closes Wednesday. The only all-new entry on display is the Baojun 310 subcompact hatchback.
GM Korea Targets Top of Charts With New Malibu
The automaker is looking for the revamped sedan to challenge the Hyundai Sonata for supremacy in one of Korea’s hottest and most competitive segments.
Hyundai Unveils Verna Concept at Beijing Auto Show
The Verna will launch in China and Korea toward the end of the year, followed by its release in India either this year or early in 2017.
Ssangyong Readies Tivoli Air Assault on China Market
After its successful late-March debut in Korea and some foreign markets, Ssangyong will launch the new model following its China debut at the Beijing Motor Show.
Tivoli Air Giving Embattled Ssangyong Breathing Room
For the first quarter, 17,354 units of all Tivoli models, including the Tivoli Air (XLV and XLV Air in export markets) were sold globally, up 23.3% from like-2015. The Tivoli brand accounted for 48.4% of Ssangyong’s 33,666 worldwide LV sales in the quarter.
From Russia With Loss: Pullout Hits GM Korea Hard
Abandoning the European market in 2013 at the time was seen as an eventual financial benefit, but the move was negated by the cost of last year’s Russian pullout.
Union Miffed as GM Korea Shoots for Impala, Misses
GM Korea contends ex-CEO Sergio Rocha never made a concrete promise to bring Impala production to the country if annual sales hit 10,000 units and, moreover, that total would be insufficient for a newly launched vehicle to generate a profit.
Hyundai’s Chinese JV Regains Sales Ground in March
For the month, BHMC sold 100,549 vehicles, soaring 88.9% over the dismal February total of 53,226, when sales were down 17% year-on-year. Hyundai’s own China sales had fallen even further, backsliding 28% in January.


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