Vince Courtenay


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

Hyundai Not Tooting Horn Over Hot-Selling Porter
Hyundai does not offer an explanation for the Porter’s popularity in Korea. Some pundits speculate a poor economy has led many entrepreneurs to go into the street-vending or delivery business, thus boosting demand for lightweight pickups.
Kia Mexico Moves Forward Despite Hardball Stance by Trump-Like ‛El Bronco’ 3
Kia refuses to discuss the details, but government officials in Nuevo Leon say Kia agreed to increase purchases from local Mexican suppliers, accept a reduction in the previous 20-year tax exemption to a 95% exemption for five years and let the state off the hook for paying for electricity and water.
Korean President Park’s Trip to France Boost for Fuel-Cell Vehicles
Twenty MOUs are signed between the South Korean and French governments during Park’s state visit, calling for technological cooperation in such areas as renewable clean energy and autonomous vehicles.
Kia Compact, Hyundai City Car Fail ASEAN Crash Tests
Both the Kia Morning and Hyundai Eon lacked airbags and received zero stars for adult-occupant protection. The Morning scored 1.48 points and Eon none of a possible 16. For child-occupant protection, both models achieved 1-star ratings.
Ssangyong Cops SUV Deal With Peru’s National Police
Executive Director Young-han Song says the Rexton W scored the highest in the competition for durability and safety. He notes it Ssangyong’s largest single fleet sale to a foreign government.
G80 Next to Come From Hyundai’s Retooled Genesis Brand 2
The Genesis G80 will be available in Korea soon with Lambda 3.3L Turbo GDi and 3.8L GDi V-6 engines mated with 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Hyundai RM16 Concept Latest Step Toward N Performance Brand
The third in the RM series, the new concept is considered a rolling laboratory for future production N cars.
Twizy EV Korea-Bound as RSM Works on Electric LCV
Renault Samsung says the 1-ton light-commercial electric vehicle’s targeted range is 155 miles, but a spokesman says development of the vehicle could take up to four years.
Korea Figures Big in Renault’s Foray Into China
The new Koleos goes into production at Wuhan, China, at the end of the year. The all-electric Dongfeng Fengnuo E300 launches in 2017. Renault Samsung has a 28-member team embedded at the Dongfeng Renault JV’s plant to provide expertise in the areas of manufacturing, R&D and design.
Hyundai Hires Ace Korean Designer Away From Bentley
Sangyup Lee joins Hyundai in June as Genesis design chief and will report to global design chief Luc Donckerwolke, who also heads the automaker’s Prestige Design Div.
Hyundai Flexes R&D Muscle With Wearable Robot Suit
The warehousing industry and the military are potential mass-production markets. Hyundai says a soldier wearing the suit easily can carry 100 pounds yet move very quickly. A possible medical application would give impaired patients mobility.
GM China JV Not Big on Beijing Auto Show Buzz
There is not a single local or global debut from Buick, Cadillac or Chevrolet at the Beijing auto show whose 9-day run closes Wednesday. The only all-new entry on display is the Baojun 310 subcompact hatchback.
GM Korea Targets Top of Charts With New Malibu
The automaker is looking for the revamped sedan to challenge the Hyundai Sonata for supremacy in one of Korea’s hottest and most competitive segments.
Hyundai Unveils Verna Concept at Beijing Auto Show
The Verna will launch in China and Korea toward the end of the year, followed by its release in India either this year or early in 2017.
Ssangyong Readies Tivoli Air Assault on China Market
After its successful late-March debut in Korea and some foreign markets, Ssangyong will launch the new model following its China debut at the Beijing Motor Show.


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