Vince Courtenay


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

Kia Design Chief Vows to Keep Human Element in Cars
Peter Schreyer emphasizes the industry must ensure autonomous vehicles are compatible with the human condition. More research is needed to determine how to provide the proper environment, aesthetics and physical and emotional comfort.
Boycott Linked to Hyundai-Kia March Crash in China
The consumer boycott of Korean products includes not only automobiles but also cosmetics and electronics in China, which accounts for a little more than 25% of Hyundai Group’s global sales.
Stinger Fastback Sedan Leads Way Upmarket for Kia 1
Kia’s upper-brand strategy appears similar to the approach its Hyundai affiliate took in launching its separate Genesis line. But it’s not clear whether Kia will go global with this plan or keep it within South Korea.
Ssangyong Reveals Images of G4 Rexton Midsize CUV
Designed and developed in Korea, the G4 Rexton’s front end is similar to that of the highly successful Tivoli small CUV, also a Ssangyong in-house design.
Renault Samsung QM6 Making Export Debut in Europe
Nearly 1,800 units of the QM6 already have been shipped to Europe, where they will be sold as the Renault Koleos in 12 nations. The automaker is targeting 30,000 European sales of the QM6 this year, with another 10,000 units being shipped to South America and other export markets.
Restructuring May Be in Works for Hyundai Motor
South Korea’s National Assembly is pressuring Hyundai and other family-controlled company groups to reorganize into regulated, transparent business organizations with greater shareholder control and responsibility.
Koreans Snap Up First Imported Bolt EVs in 2 Hours
The Bolt will highlight GM Korea’s offerings at the Seoul auto show, where it will take its first bow as a pure EV that is available for sale to consumers.
GM Korea Hopes Chevy Bolt Will Strike Down Bad News
Despite the rash of problems and negative publicity in the first few months of 2017, GM Korea remains confident about meeting its record domestic-sales target of 194,000 vehicles.
No Subsidies No Deterrent as Tesla Arrives in Korea
Tesla has not been able to persuade the government to reconsider the uniqueness of its larger, longer-range EVs and the charging requirements for their high-capacity batteries. Subsidies instead are going to smaller EVs using slower chargers.
Hyundai Provides FCEVs to Korean Car-Sharing Startup
In addition to 15 FCEVs, Hyundai also is supplying J’Car with a mixed fleet of 27 battery-powered Ioniq and Kia Soul battery-electric vehicles.
Managing Dieselgate Tops New Audi VW CEO’s Agenda 1
Analysts believe Audi VW Korea’s legal response to the false-advertising fine is only the tip of the iceberg. Co-CEO Marcus Hellman and his company’s lawyers also must defend several current and former executives against criminal indictments.
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.


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