Vince Courtenay

Vince
Courtenay
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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The vehicle closely resembles the GT concept of 2011, except the rear suicide doors have been replaced by a conventional 4-door design.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.
Hyundai, Union Reach New Tentative Wage Pact
Voting is under way on the new proposed contract that is only slightly more lucrative than the one workers rejected overwhelmingly in August.
Typhoon Hits Hyundai Amid Stormy Labor Negotiations
Hyundai downplays the seriousness of flooding and storm damage at its Ulsan plants, saying only that the typhoon has temporarily halted production. Workers say nature is taking the strike action they have suspended, at least temporarily.
Hyundai Workers Resume Partial Strike as Talks Stall
Korean Metal Workers Union sources say strike action likely will continue next week under the direction of Hyundai Div. President Park Yoo-ki. It is unclear if the Korean government will order the union to immediately end its strike action.
Hyundai Strike Testing Korean Government’s Patience
Cabinet ministers meeting Wednesday in an emergency session announced they may issue a mediation order requiring the union to immediately stop the walkouts, a legal intervention that has not been applied in the auto industry in 23 years.
GM Korea, Online Site Join in Bid to Market Aveo
GM Korea notes the joint promotion with the Auction online shopping site won’t be followed by offering more models, but is a special promotion to help bring the new Aveo to the attention of potential women buyers ages 30-40.
Hyundai Hit By Daylong Strike Over Wage Impasse
The Hyundai workers’ union says management has failed to make an offer that improves the terms contained in a tentative wage package that was reached Aug. 24, but was rejected by 78% of the workers.
Hyundai’s ‘Hot Hatch’ Ads Too Hot for Some Koreans
Korean media reports say the ads are being criticized for what some claim is the exploitation of women.
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