Vince Courtenay


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

Hyundai Hints at Second-Generation i10 Small Car
The restyled and upgraded model debuts at next month’s Paris auto show, but will not go into production until late this year for a European sales launch sometime early in 2017.
Hyundai Workers Trounce Tentative Wage Pact
The Korean Metal Workers Union actively campaigned against the agreement, which failed by the largest margin in union history. Labor unrest is cited as the reason GM CEO Mary Barra canceled a planned trip to Korea.
Hyundai, Union Wage Pact Modest Settlement
The agreement calls for significantly less of a pay increase than workers were demanding.
Revamped Kia Headed for Paris Debut
Three continents contributed to the design of the new model, with an exterior from the automaker’s U.S. studio, an interior from Germany and overall product management from Korea.
Confused Koreans Have Their Say on Chevy Bolt, Volt 1
In the Korean language, V and B have a common pronunciation, and the Hangul written or printed symbols for Bolt and Volt are identical. To distinguish the two marques’ names, GM Korea is adding the English letters “EV” after the Hangul spelling of Bolt.
Travel Ban for VW-Audi Execs in Korea; Indictments Planned 2
If the three executives being questioned are indicted, they would face charges carrying a maximum 5-year prison sentence or a 30 million won fine.
Hyundai Workers in Korea Stage Partial Strike
At issue is the automaker’s efforts to implement and expand a peak-wage system that freezes and then reduces the wages of workers nearing retirement.
Korea Prosecutors Quiz Audi VW CEO, But Arrest Iffy
Sources in the prosecutor’s office say Johannes Thammer is suspected of faking emissions, NVH and fuel-efficiency test documents to win government certification for more than 80 variations of 32 basic models sold in Korea since 2009.
Hyundai Provides Peek at New i30
To be built at Hyundai’s plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic, the new model is the product of the automaker’s design and development center in Russelsheim, Germany.
Dieselgate Continues As Korea Bans VW, Audi Sales
The Ministry of the Environment’s latest action brings the total number of Audi VW vehicles banned for sale in Korea to 209,000 units, roughly 68% of all vehicles sold by the automaker in the country since 2007.
Seoul Court Mulls Arrest Warrant for RSM CEO
Prosecutors want RSM CEO Park Dong-hoon arrested for his role as CEO of VW Korea during the Dieselgate scandal, as well as for alleged obstruction of justice that occurred when he was questioned on the matter earlier this month.
Audi VW Korea Asks for Leniency in Dieselgate Case
Audi VW Korea Managing Director Johannes Thammer and Vice President and Executive Director Jung Jae-kyum admit mistakes had been made in documenting emissions and NVH certification test results, but the vehicles still met Korean standards.
Kia Workers Join Hyundai Counterparts in Partial Strike 1
Negotiators representing 48,000 Hyundai workers held a 14th bargaining session with management Thursday, but the talks broke off after two hours. Both sides say they are far apart on most of their respective demands.
Hyundai Says 1,700 Units Lost on Strike’s First Day
The Hyundai Motor Branch of the Korean Metal Workers Union’s demands include a 7.2% wage increase, bonuses equivalent to 30% of each union member’s net 2015 income and reinstatement of all laid-off workers.
Hyundai Workers Approve Strike Action
The Hyundai Branch of the Korean Metal Workers Union plans to conduct targeted walkouts during a 4-day period beginning July 19.


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