Monday’s sentencing of Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo, 68, to a 3-year jail term by Seoul Central District Court Judge Kim Dong-oh brings surprise to the automotive group, which says he plans to appeal the ruling. The group includes South Korean auto makers Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. and Kia Motors Corp. Hyundai, the world’s No.6 auto maker, in the last months has battled union strikes at home and flagging sales in its domestic market, as well as in the U.S. where it builds the ...

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