Vince Courtenay


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

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.
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.


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