Vince Courtenay


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

Kia Releases Photos of Frankfurt-Bound ’16 Sportage
The Kia tiger grille positively identifies the Sportage front end but headlights no longer are integrated. The new frontal look is prompting comparisons to the Porsche Macan, a strong seller in Korea.
Sales Staff Protests Block Porsche Inroads in Korea 
Union members in natty business suits have been demonstrating outside Porsche distributor SSC’s headquarters in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district and at the company’s other five dealerships.
Hyundai Making Foray Into High-Performance Arena
Hyundai sources say the vehicle won’t go into production but was developed to show features that could wind up in future performance cars and perhaps even in production vehicles.
Hyundai Teases Sixth-Gen Elantra Ahead of LA Show
Debuting in November at the Los Angeles auto show as a ’17-model precursor, the new Elantra’s design is tweaked to present an upscale appearance, but no details of any drivetrain changes are being revealed.
Kia Releases Rendering of Revamped Sportage
Sources say a new drivetrain option will be available with the restyled CUV, which goes on sale next year.
Imported Impala Stickers for Less in Korea Than U.S.
Despite special processing, shipping, import duties and other regulatory costs, the fullsize Chevrolet’s sticker price in Korea is at least $3,000 less than an identical car sold in the U.S. GM Korea CEO Sergio Rocha doesn’t say how it is done.
Olive Branch Extended, Labor Talks Stay on Cool Side in Korea
A somber mood country-wide and weaker economics are said to be tempering the auto industry’s labor talks like never before.
Tivoli a Hit, Ssangyong Doubles Down With Diesel
The automaker adds a diesel option for the Tivoli, which accounted for 39% of first-half exports with 15,687 deliveries. Without it, Ssangyong exports for the period would have been just 25,687 units, off 61% from year-ago.
Kia Europe Reports Best-Ever First-Half Sales
The Korean automaker says its European operation sold 200,038 vehicles in the January-June period, up 7.6% from year-ago. Second-quarter deliveries topped 100,000 for the first time in any 3-month period, with 103,946 vehicles sold.
Underdog GM Korea Issues Minicar Challenge to Kia
The ’16 Spark’s domestic sales launch in August will mark the beginning of a new offensive in GM Korea’s struggle with Kia, both at home and abroad.
Hyundai Shows Creta Small SUV Ahead of India Launch 
Hyundai is calling the Creta a global model that can be sold in most world markets with only tweaks to satisfy local regulations and preferences.
GM Korea Union Threatens Strike Over Pay, Work Rules 
Korea’s National Labor Relations Commission can order a 10-day cooling-off period before the union can take strike action.
Hyundai Breaks Ground on China Plant, Adds to HQ Investment
The automaker’s fifth plant in China comes at a time when the market is down, and its already hefty outlay for a new headquarters is expected to increase by at least $1.5 billion. Both investments have analysts worried.
Hyundai Reportedly Planning Second U.S. Plant
The automaker denies a report by the Korean government’s Yonhap news agency that it will build a second U.S. plant to meet demand for CUVs, a market segment in which it offers only two models.
Ssangyong Can’t Afford Many Misses, But Tivoli a Hit
Robust demand and ratcheted-up sales projections for the Tivoli may prove to be a two-edged sword for Ssangyong as the low-volume automaker heads into traditionally contentious contract talks with its workers union.

Feb 9, 2016

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