The Creta and S-Cross join a segment whose top sellers currently are the Mahindra Scorpio and Ford EcoSport. Other compact SUVs on the Indian market include the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Mazda CX-3....More
The next generation of Hyundai’s midsize hybrid sedan is just on par with the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, and underperforms the Honda Accord. The plug-in, thanks to its class-leading range, is a winner....More
New Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are very similar in appearance to the conventional Sonata, minus the addition of unique badging, aerodynamic tweaks. plus unique interior displays. (See related story: Sonata Hybrid Doesn’t Raise MPG Bar, Plug-In Does.)
Industry spokesman Joerg Schreiber notes “ general customer activity is undergoing a mild reactivation, thanks to a gradual reduction in bank interest rates and new-car prices supported by a more robust ruble exchange rate.”...More
Park Geun-hye’s Hyundai connection goes back to her first day in office, when she became the first Korean president to use a Korean car – a stretched Equus – as the official inauguration vehicle. Her predecessors rode in foreign-made limousines....More
Employees’ specialized skills make GM Korea’s new-vehicle and engine-development centers valuable assets. Line workers, however, differ mainly from their Indian, Mexican and Chinese counterparts in that they make a lot more money....More
Toyota’s 1.2L 4-cyl. mill, the second in the automaker’s new downsized engine lineup, was introduced in Japan as an option for the Aurus in April and is being launched this month on an unspecified model in Europe....More
Protesters voiced UAW demands for better wages and respect for workers’ right to join a union, particularly in the South, where anti-union sentiment is high. The Lear plants at the center of the protest are located in Alabama and are non-union....More
Some analysts attribute Hyundai’s and Kia’s success to having the right products in the right place, with beneficial synergies and economies accruing from their interconnected affiliated companies....More
Hyundai had a 21.2% share of India’s car market in the year’s first three months, but its lack of light trucks left its share of total light-vehicle sales at 13.7%. New utility vehicles are meant to raise overall market share to 20% by 2020....More
The map pocket has become a vital storage bin in today's vehicles, clearly used for much more than folded paper roadmaps. A smattering of photos from the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors field shows the varying approaches as automakers attempt to maximize the utility of this space.
A concise summation of all 42 interiors evaluated as part of the 2015 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker....More
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.