Vince Courtenay

Vince
Courtenay
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Mercedes-Benz Beefing Up Thriving Korean Operations
CEO Dimitris Psillakis says the 200 billion-won investment is earmarked for construction of eight new sales outlets and seven new service centers across Korea, bringing the totals to 50 and 55, respectively.
Parent Company Freezes Hyundai, Kia Managers’ Wages
The freeze applies to the salaries of some 35,000 managers, deputy general managers and general managers at automakers Hyundai and Kia and more than 50 affiliated companies.
Korea Indicts Three Executives in Dieselgate Case
Johannes Thammer, CEO of Audi VW Korea; former CEO Trevor Hill; and former VW Korea CEO Park Dong-hoon face criminal charges for their alleged roles in selling rigged vehicles in Korea between 2011 and 2013 and allegedly falsifying test data used to obtain compliance certification for emissions and NVH levels.
Kia Dealers Boast Transparency With 3-D Hologram Car
Dealership manager Woo Young Kwan says the electronic display is bringing people inside where they can ask sales representatives about the vehicles they have studied in the holograms, and view the actual ones that are on the floor.
Kia Looks for Big Things From Picanto A-Segment Car
Kia predicts the new Morning version of the Picanto will win back Korea’s city-car crown from GM Korea’s New Spark, which ranks fifth among the country’s 10 best-selling passenger vehicles. The current-generation Morning is No.7.
New-Gen Cruze Job Lifts GM Korea Workers’ Spirits
GM announced in June it would begin exporting the all-new, Mexican-made Cruze hatchback, while production of the Cruze sedan will continue at Lordstown, OH. The Gunsan factory is building the new-generation Cruze for the Korean domestic market and selected export markets.
Malibu Helping GM Korea Find New Sales Inroads 2
The Malibu accounted for 24% of GM Korea’s domestic sales in November with 4,149 units sold, up 389% over just 848 in like-2015, and helped GM Korea set a record with 17,236 total deliveries, up 51% year-over-year.
Korea’s Ssangyong Flexes Muscle With New Products
Exports to Europe have picked up since the automaker expanded into Denmark, Sweden and Norway, resumed shipments to Russia that had been frozen in January and began penetrating Middle Eastern markets including Iran and Egypt.
Kia Releases Teaser Photo, Video of K8 Sport Sedan
The vehicle closely resembles the GT concept of 2011, except the rear suicide doors have been replaced by a conventional 4-door design.
Korea OKs VW Recall Plan But Points Finger at BMW, Nissan, Porsche
The first model to be recalled will be the Tiguan CUV, which accounts for about 20% of the 126,000 vehicles by the automaker’s emissions scandal.
Korean Buyers Line Up for New Hyundai Grandeur
Hyundai logged a staggering 15,973 domestic orders for the new Grandeur Nov. 2, the first day pre-orders were taken.
Kia, Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
Industry sources say Kia has lost production of 64,000 vehicles valued at 2.1 trillion won. Hyundai, which has double the production capacity of Kia in Korea, lost almost exactly twice as many builds: 130,000 vehicles valued at 3.1 trillion won.
Top Brass at Hyundai Motor Group Take 10% Pay Cut 1
“The voluntary pay cut is effective this month for an unspecified duration,” a spokesman tells WardsAuto. Participating are executives at Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and more than 50 major affiliated companies within the Hyundai Group.
Hyundai Keeps Faith in Azera’s U.S. Prospects
At best a tepid seller in the U.S., Hyundai offers no clues to its Azera export plan, but does not want to pull the marque from the U.S. or its other established overseas markets.
Bolt EV Bound for Korean Market, GM Korea Exec Says
GM Korea President and CEO James Kim says Korean customers had expected the Bolt to be offered locally, although a spokesman for the automaker earlier this week said GM only was “studying” whether to offer the EV there.
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