Has Hyundai really arrived?
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That thing won't be winning any design awards, anyway.
The Genesis has been facelifted for 2013:
Video: Hyundai Previews 2013 Genesis Coupe (Straightline)
More details will be coming this morning on it.
Not too dramatic of a facelift...coupe should have another name, IMO
"John Krafcik, Hyundai's U.S. sales chief, has yet to announce a sales goal for the year. Instead, the company is focused on improving quality and the brand's reputation, he said in a Jan. 5 phone interview.
Hyundai's U.S. sales climbed 20 percent to a record 645,691 vehicles last year. The company's market share increased to 5.1 percent in 2011 from 3 percent in 2008."
Hyundai Wins Top Car for Second Time After Record U.S. Sales (businessweek.com)
Puffin 1 now. :shades:
I like that site. I signed on took Harry for a name . All I could think of was Harry Potter.I wonder what the pound is compared to a dollar. I'll Google.
Have a good one Pufiin 1
Of course not having a fleet of V8 gass guzzling trucks (like some others) helps out greatly here but still, this is just another feather in the Hyundai Cap and a BIG ONE IMO.
Now at 42.4 years, “it remains among the youngest brands, but is now in the demographic sweet spot,” he added."
Primary Drivers’ Median Age Tells a Tale (autoremarketing.com)
"It only takes one small mistake with a critical part in a safety-related system to derail all of the good work that we've done," he says."
How Hyundai went from joke to contender in US (AP)
Hyundai to add 877 jobs at Alabama plant (AP)
Kia is still the Eli in the equation. Hyundai just isn't making many missteps lately.
Kia Fastest-Growing U.S. Brand Suffers in Hyundai Shadow (Bloomberg)
I think it's possible that someday Mini could become a bigger volume brand here, maybe even with its own factory in the US. But right now even with its problems I think Mazda might even outsell BMW in terms of numbers. Of course Mazda is losing money on every car they sell, it seems like, and so making it up with volume is not exactly working for them.
I'm surprised that Hyundai has not yet announced its next factory here. Clearly they need it.
1. Let's get real. Kia is Hyundai. The reason they can't "get no respect" is because only one in a million people know this. They still think Kia is a different car company. If people knew it was the same car company, their market share would naturally go up in today's Hyundai frenzied atmosphere.
2. Trying to find a Kia dealership isn't easy. As such, people likely view the car as unattainable since the dealership isn't around the corner for any potential warranty work, given Hyundai's long warranty protection.
As for the BMW post, this is a real head shaker. What am I missing here? Why would Hyundai want to be involved with a poor quality company like BMW? Is there something wrong with Hyundai's engines that they would want to align themselves with a company that can't produce a quality car other than the occational one and three series?
Hyundai/Kia is quite the setup. Reminds me of what would have happened if the US had made Ford take over GM during the recent troubles. Yeah, Kia and Hyundai are the "same company" but there sure doesn't seem to be any love lost between the two of them, much less any synergy.
Wikipedia reminds me that Hyundai outbid Ford for Kia during Kia's bankruptcy, and Hyundai wound up with a 51% share. Other reports I've read over the years indicate that the Korean government made Hyundai outbid Ford.
"The two brands Hyundai and Kia are competing with our manufacturers in unacceptable conditions of dumping," said Arnaud Montebourg, who leads the industry ministry and renamed it the ministry for "productive recovery."
France Accuses Hyundai of Dumping (WSJ)
(But you didn't hear that from me. )
It said it will compensate U.S. buyers for the difference."
Hyundai Retreats on Fuel-Economy Claims (Wall St. Journal)
The Elantra drops to 38mpg highway.
The "purchase intent" for Hyundai's top-selling Elantra compact fell to 6.3 percent as of November 18 from 6.7 percent on October 28, according to the data from Edmunds.com, an auto consultant and consumer website."
U.S. consumers less willing to buy Hyundai, Kia after mileage woes (Chigago Tribune)
Hyundai has to be careful about 2 things:
* watch quality as production output increases
* don't get arrogant, instead apply continuous improvement
"While I believe this [debit card program] is a positive step, I am concerned that many affected customers may not learn about the program, or may find it burdensome to participate in the program," said Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who oversees the panel that deals with auto issues.
Senator wants answers on Hyundai, Kia gas mileage discrepancies (Detroit News)
Elantra gets and EPA combined of 32 yet owners on the EPA site report 28.9 average.
But...C Max is rated 47mpg and they average 40.5.
So Hyundai is being crucified for being off by 9.7%.
Ford off by 13.8%. Will they be investigated?
If anything a hybrid buyer is far MORE concerned about fuel economy, and those buyers paid a lot more for their cars.
On a different note, interesting factoid came up in another thread - Optima+Sonata sales combined beat even the Camry.
Looks like they basically added LEDs to the old one.
Hyundai Is Dented in Korea (Wall St. Journal)
It says it is launching a payment deferral program for those who aren't working because of the government shutdown. Hyundai says it will extend auto loan and lease payments during the shutdown for current Hyundai owners who are furloughed."
Hyundai gives loan breaks to idled federal workers (USA Today)
I see it as a knockoff Lexus LS, myself.