STOCKBRIDGE, MA — Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. last year released its midsize XG300 and with it posed a significant question: "Is America ready for a $24,000 Hyundai?" The answer came back ambivalent. Initial sales have outdone their modest targets, a projected 17,000 units in a year the South Korean automaker forecast 15,000, but lack of power in the near-luxury sedan was enough to send Hyundai immediately back to the drawing board. The resulting upgraded engine, a 3.5L DOHC V-6, spurred a ...

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