Vince Courtenay


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

Kia’s Stonic Breaks Cover Ahead of Korean Sales Launch
The new model joins sister brand Hyundai’s just-launched Kona in an effort to take down the runaway segment-leading Ssangyong Tivoli.
Renault Samsung Picking Up French Accent in Korea
If the Clio premium subcompact hatchback breaks cover as a Renault vehicle, analysts believe it will be the beginning of a complete conversion to the Renault brand in Korea.
Kia Readying Stonic B-Class CUV for Korea, Europe
Renderings of the Stonic depict a CUV not greatly different from the Kia K2 Cross variant of the Rio that was shown in April at the Shanghai auto show and has just gone on sale in China.
Veteran Volkswagen Designer Joins Hyundai China
The hiring of Simon Loasby brings another renowned designer into the Hyundai global design team to help the automaker break away from its lower-price mass vehicle image in its quest to become one of the world’s top-ranked brands.
Kia Sets Stinger Price in Korea; U.S., Europe Launches to Come 1
The car stickers below such key import competitors as the BMW 4-Series coupe and Audi A5 Sportback.
Korea’s Ssangyong to Sell, Build in Saudi Arabia 1
The Middle East plays a significant role in Ssangyong’s export plans. Of the 52,200 vehicles the automaker exported last year, 10,500 were shipped to markets in the region including Egypt and Iran. Ssangyong exported no vehicles to Saudi Arabia last year.
Korea Orders 240,000 Hyundai, Kia Vehicles Recalled
The Ministry has said the defects include faulty brake vacuum lines and possible defects in wheel lugnut assemblies, parking-brake alert signal systems, engine control canisters and fuel lines.
Chinese CUV Gets Enthusiastic Reception in Korea
The Chinese government is backing a boycott of Korean-made vehicles, but in Korea demand for Chinese automaker BAIC’s Kenbo 600 is outstripping supply and imports are being increased.
Hyundai, Kia Make History in Dispute Over Recall Orders 1
The automakers are refusing to call back 10 models over a variety of defects they say do not present a danger to occupants. The Korean government thinks otherwise.
China Sales Boycott, Labor Demands Pressure Hyundai-Kia
In addition to a sharp plunge in Chinese sales due to a government-led boycott of Korean products, the automakers are facing higher wage demands from their unions and calls for price increases from suppliers.
Ssangyong Hopes G4 Rexton Matches Tivoli’s Success
The new vehicle, which initially will sell alongside the aging Rexton W, arrives just in time to help offset a dismal first quarter for Ssangyong, which reported a net loss of 13.9 billion won, compared with a net profit of 2.3 billion won a year earlier.
Kia to Spend $1.1 Billion on First India Auto Plant
Analysts speculate the plant’s first product offerings will be a compact sedan that could be exported and a compact SUV being developed exclusively for the Indian market.
Bolt’s Lead Designer Describes Clean-Sheet Creation 1
“We developed a unique architecture, a unique and brand-new 60-kW/hr battery, drive unit, the vehicle’s functionality, aluminum doors and liftgate, electronic shifter, touchscreen display system, all launched with great quality in the United States in just three-and-a-half years,” Stuart Norris says.
Hyundai Silent on Reports Kia Plant Coming to India
Kia has been seeking an India production location for much of the past two years so it can tap into the expanding market there. Sales grew 9.3% to about 2.1 million units in calendar 2016, up 9.3% from prior-year, WardsAuto data shows. Light-truck sales grew 8.5% to 1.3 million units.
VW, Audi Units Meant for Korea Sale Germany-Bound 1
Shipping the 13,000 vehicles back to Germany, rather than having them checked for compliance in Korea, ended speculation the automakers would hold a national “Dieselgate sale” offering huge discounts on models that received recertification.


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