The Truth About Cars » korean cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » korean cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1987 Hyundai Excel with Not-Rare-Enough Zero-Options Package http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel-not-rare-enough-zero-options-package/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel-not-rare-enough-zero-options-package/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:21:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279530 I can’t think of any vehicle manufacturer whose products improved as much and as quickly as Hyundai’s did between the ghastly first-gen Excel and the very nice Hyundais of, say, the current century. The only new US-market car that was cheaper than the first Excel was the Yugo GV (which was, arguably, the better car), […]

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I can’t think of any vehicle manufacturer whose products improved as much and as quickly as Hyundai’s did between the ghastly first-gen Excel and the very nice Hyundais of, say, the current century. The only new US-market car that was cheaper than the first Excel was the Yugo GV (which was, arguably, the better car), […]

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Chart Of The Day: Is Kia About To Catch Hyundai In U.S. Sales? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-kia-catch-hyundai-u-s-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/chart-day-kia-catch-hyundai-u-s-sales/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:53:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1088129 Hyundai’s U.S. operations produced record sales in calendar year 2014 and in the process outsold Kia – which also reported record sales last year – by an average of 12,000 sales per month. That gap was narrower than in 2013, when Hyundai typically outsold Kia by more than 15,000 sales per month. But after outselling […]

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Hyundai’s U.S. operations produced record sales in calendar year 2014 and in the process outsold Kia – which also reported record sales last year – by an average of 12,000 sales per month. That gap was narrower than in 2013, when Hyundai typically outsold Kia by more than 15,000 sales per month. But after outselling […]

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Ssangyong Making Moves Towards US Market Launch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ssangyong-making-moves-towards-us-market-launch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ssangyong-making-moves-towards-us-market-launch/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=964530 Ssangyong has trademarked two nameplates in America, ostensibly in preparation for an American launch. Consumer Reports claims that the two models will be known as the Tivoli (the small SUV shown above) and the Luvent (a compact car based on the same platform). The Tivoli will launch in the South Korean market in January at […]

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Ssangyong has trademarked two nameplates in America, ostensibly in preparation for an American launch. Consumer Reports claims that the two models will be known as the Tivoli (the small SUV shown above) and the Luvent (a compact car based on the same platform). The Tivoli will launch in the South Korean market in January at […]

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Korean Carmaker Ssangyong Looks At US Market During A Dramatic Rebirth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/korean-carmaker-ssangyong-looks-at-us-market-during-a-dramatic-rebirth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/korean-carmaker-ssangyong-looks-at-us-market-during-a-dramatic-rebirth/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:44:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=742001 Ssangyong has had a colorful history, to put it lightly. In 1999, the Korean brand entered bankruptcy as its Chinese majority owner, SAIC Motor Company cut Ssangyong loose. Ssangyong made a frenzied attempt to cut its workforce down, and faced one of the worst labor strikes in the Korean auto industry’s history. In retaliation for the […]

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Ssangyong has had a colorful history, to put it lightly. In 1999, the Korean brand entered bankruptcy as its Chinese majority owner, SAIC Motor Company cut Ssangyong loose. Ssangyong made a frenzied attempt to cut its workforce down, and faced one of the worst labor strikes in the Korean auto industry’s history. In retaliation for the […]

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Junkyard Find: 2001 Hyundai XG300 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-2001-hyundai-xg300/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-2001-hyundai-xg300/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=737545 I admit I’ve got a sick fascination with luxury cars sold by companies not (at the time, in this market) known for luxury. There’s the Mitsubishi Diamante, of course, and the Mazda 929, and even the Volvo 262C Bertone (I’m still looking for a junked Daewoo Leganza, but either they don’t exist or— more likely— […]

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I admit I’ve got a sick fascination with luxury cars sold by companies not (at the time, in this market) known for luxury. There’s the Mitsubishi Diamante, of course, and the Mazda 929, and even the Volvo 262C Bertone (I’m still looking for a junked Daewoo Leganza, but either they don’t exist or— more likely— […]

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Is This The New Hyundai Genesis? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/is-this-the-new-hyundai-genesis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/is-this-the-new-hyundai-genesis/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:52:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=627130 It sure would seem so. Despite the best efforts of our IT crew, the TTAC Staff Robot is unable to read Korean,but we can read the word “Genesis” on this car’s front plate. If the new car was rather Mercedes-esque in its choice of borrowed styling cues, the new car is a curious mix of […]

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It sure would seem so. Despite the best efforts of our IT crew, the TTAC Staff Robot is unable to read Korean,but we can read the word “Genesis” on this car’s front plate. If the new car was rather Mercedes-esque in its choice of borrowed styling cues, the new car is a curious mix of […]

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QOTD: Is Hyundai Growing Too Fast? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/qotd-is-hyundai-growing-too-fast/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/qotd-is-hyundai-growing-too-fast/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:46:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484247 A Reuters article on Hyundai’s recent quality problems raises an interesting question. Has the company grown too fast following an unprecedented image makeover? Reuters quotes a Korean professor of automotive engineering discussing Hyundai’s recent quality issues “Hyundai has built factories very fast around the globe until recent years, but its quality improvement has failed to keep […]

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A Reuters article on Hyundai’s recent quality problems raises an interesting question. Has the company grown too fast following an unprecedented image makeover? Reuters quotes a Korean professor of automotive engineering discussing Hyundai’s recent quality issues “Hyundai has built factories very fast around the globe until recent years, but its quality improvement has failed to keep […]

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Hyundai Brass Hungry For Quality, Rank-And-File Seek Quantity http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/hyundai-brass-hungry-for-quality-rank-and-file-seek-quantity/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/hyundai-brass-hungry-for-quality-rank-and-file-seek-quantity/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:28:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466647 In a world obsessed with quantity, volume, economies of scale, speed, expedience and all that comes with it, wouldn’t it be nice if someone wanted to ease up a little and make sure things work? A report by Reuters claims that Hyundai is doing just that, with a focus on quality rather than simply cranking […]

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In a world obsessed with quantity, volume, economies of scale, speed, expedience and all that comes with it, wouldn’t it be nice if someone wanted to ease up a little and make sure things work? A report by Reuters claims that Hyundai is doing just that, with a focus on quality rather than simply cranking […]

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France Wants EU To Probe Increased South Korean Auto Imports http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/france-wants-eu-to-probe-increased-south-korean-auto-imports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/france-wants-eu-to-probe-increased-south-korean-auto-imports/#comments Sun, 05 Aug 2012 15:47:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455517 France is asking the EU to look into an uptick in South Korean car imports, which could possibly result in tarrifs being slapped on the vehicles, despite an EU-South Korean free trade agreement. The AFP reports that the request, made by Arnaud Montebourg, France’s Minister for Industrial Recovery “…is being made under the terms of […]

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France is asking the EU to look into an uptick in South Korean car imports, which could possibly result in tarrifs being slapped on the vehicles, despite an EU-South Korean free trade agreement. The AFP reports that the request, made by Arnaud Montebourg, France’s Minister for Industrial Recovery “…is being made under the terms of […]

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Kia Plans The Cee’ds For The Next Forte http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/kia-plans-the-ceeds-for-the-next-forte/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/kia-plans-the-ceeds-for-the-next-forte/#comments Sun, 29 Jul 2012 19:56:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454677 Kia revealed these pictures of the next Forte, with absolutely zero details about the car itself. I suppose it’s fair to say that they’ve planted the “cee’ds” in our minds…    

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Kia revealed these pictures of the next Forte, with absolutely zero details about the car itself. I suppose it’s fair to say that they’ve planted the “cee’ds” in our minds…    

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Kia K9 Spotted In California: Does That Mean U.S. Sales? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/kia-k9-spotted-in-california-does-that-mean-u-s-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/kia-k9-spotted-in-california-does-that-mean-u-s-sales/#comments Fri, 18 May 2012 12:55:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445036 Automotive News posted a picture of a Kia K9 luxury sedan wearing manufacturer plates on the road near Orange County, California. Does that mean we’re due to get the K9 any time soon? Once upon a time, my father worked for Kia Canada, and the company’s head office had a frequent rotation of Korean market […]

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Automotive News posted a picture of a Kia K9 luxury sedan wearing manufacturer plates on the road near Orange County, California. Does that mean we’re due to get the K9 any time soon? Once upon a time, my father worked for Kia Canada, and the company’s head office had a frequent rotation of Korean market […]

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Kia Sedona Takes A “Time Out”, Returning To Minivan Market In 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/kia-sedona-takes-a-time-out-returning-to-minivan-market-in-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/kia-sedona-takes-a-time-out-returning-to-minivan-market-in-2014/#comments Tue, 08 May 2012 15:22:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443481 The Kia Sedona is practically a fossil from a previous geological era compared to its American and Japanese competition – and for 2013, the aging Sedona will finally die off. But that doesn’t mean Kia is abandoning the minivan market. According to Kia, the Sedona will die in 2013, but the 2014 model year will […]

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The Kia Sedona is practically a fossil from a previous geological era compared to its American and Japanese competition – and for 2013, the aging Sedona will finally die off. But that doesn’t mean Kia is abandoning the minivan market. According to Kia, the Sedona will die in 2013, but the 2014 model year will […]

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Pour One Out For The Hyundai Veracruz http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/pour-one-out-for-the-hyundai-veracruz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/pour-one-out-for-the-hyundai-veracruz/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:24:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438612 The Hyundai Veracruz is no more. Hyundai’s oft-ignored big crossover will depart from the marketplace later this year, with the addition of a three-row 2013 Santa Fe. A three-row version of the previous Santa Fe was offered for a short time, but the third row compromised cargo space and offered minimal space for its occupants. […]

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The Hyundai Veracruz is no more. Hyundai’s oft-ignored big crossover will depart from the marketplace later this year, with the addition of a three-row 2013 Santa Fe. A three-row version of the previous Santa Fe was offered for a short time, but the third row compromised cargo space and offered minimal space for its occupants. […]

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Rendered http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/2013-hyundai-santa-fe-rendered/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/2013-hyundai-santa-fe-rendered/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:31:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434682 Hyundai’s Santa Fe crossover is long overdue for a re-design, and when pressed for details, all that CEO John Krafcik would tell me was that it looked like a larger Tucson. He was right. The new car uses an evolution of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, now dubbed “Storm Edge”. At least the first name […]

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Hyundai’s Santa Fe crossover is long overdue for a re-design, and when pressed for details, all that CEO John Krafcik would tell me was that it looked like a larger Tucson. He was right. The new car uses an evolution of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, now dubbed “Storm Edge”. At least the first name […]

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Kia KH Heralds The Start Of The “Monkfish Age” In Automotive Design http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-kh-heralds-the-start-of-the-monkfish-age-in-automotive-design/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-kh-heralds-the-start-of-the-monkfish-age-in-automotive-design/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:36:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433169 When the Chrysler Concorde and Chevrolet Camaro underwent redesigns in the late-1990s, automotive critics lamented the start of the “catfish” era in car design. The Kia KH is moving forward with the aquatic-creature theme, sporting a snout that resembles a monkfish, an even uglier sea-being. Kia will debut their new luxury sedan at the Geneva […]

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When the Chrysler Concorde and Chevrolet Camaro underwent redesigns in the late-1990s, automotive critics lamented the start of the “catfish” era in car design. The Kia KH is moving forward with the aquatic-creature theme, sporting a snout that resembles a monkfish, an even uglier sea-being. Kia will debut their new luxury sedan at the Geneva […]

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Kia K9 Rear Drive Sedan Spied In South Korea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-k9-rear-drive-sedan-spied-in-south-korea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-k9-rear-drive-sedan-spied-in-south-korea/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:49:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433034 This is the Kia K9, Kia’s first rear-drive flagship for North America. Kia has previously sold a rebadged Mazda 929 in Korea but those days are mercifully over. Someone in South Korea took a couple videos of the K9 driving along a highway. You can peruse them for yourself below. The K9 will probably shed […]

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This is the Kia K9, Kia’s first rear-drive flagship for North America. Kia has previously sold a rebadged Mazda 929 in Korea but those days are mercifully over. Someone in South Korea took a couple videos of the K9 driving along a highway. You can peruse them for yourself below. The K9 will probably shed […]

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Capsule Review: 2012 Hyundai Azera http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/capsule-review-2012-hyundai-azera/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/capsule-review-2012-hyundai-azera/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:57:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432868 Hyundai’s press materials list the 2012 Azera’s competitors as “…traditional large sedan sales leaders such as Maxima, Lacrosse, Avalon and Taurus.” But those cars were on the minds of exactly no one at the Las Vegas launch of the 2012 Azera. Only the Lexus ES350, the market’s leading 4-wheeled sensory deprivation tank, was on the […]

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Hyundai’s press materials list the 2012 Azera’s competitors as “…traditional large sedan sales leaders such as Maxima, Lacrosse, Avalon and Taurus.” But those cars were on the minds of exactly no one at the Las Vegas launch of the 2012 Azera. Only the Lexus ES350, the market’s leading 4-wheeled sensory deprivation tank, was on the […]

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Hyundai Offering Big Incentives On Genesis And Equus Sedans – But Only To Livery Car Operators http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/hyundai-offering-big-incentives-on-genesis-and-equus-sedans-but-only-to-livery-car-operators/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/hyundai-offering-big-incentives-on-genesis-and-equus-sedans-but-only-to-livery-car-operators/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:46:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432648 If you want a $3,500 discount off of a Hyundai Genesis, or $4,500 off a Hyundai Equus, you can get one – but only if you operate a livery car service. Hyundai is putting a lot of cash on the hood for their two luxury sedans, as they hope to capture some market share left […]

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If you want a $3,500 discount off of a Hyundai Genesis, or $4,500 off a Hyundai Equus, you can get one – but only if you operate a livery car service. Hyundai is putting a lot of cash on the hood for their two luxury sedans, as they hope to capture some market share left […]

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Kia Procee’ds With New Cee’d. Puns Are Not Our Forte. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-proceeds-with-new-ceed-puns-are-not-our-forte/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/kia-proceeds-with-new-ceed-puns-are-not-our-forte/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:04:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431045 The new Kia Cee’d may have a stupid name, but everything else about the car looks pretty attractive. Well, maybe not the grille. They also refrained from releasing any specs at all alongside these photos, so you’ll have to wait until March’s Auto Show to get the scoop. The Forte is a little dated by […]

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The new Kia Cee’d may have a stupid name, but everything else about the car looks pretty attractive. Well, maybe not the grille. They also refrained from releasing any specs at all alongside these photos, so you’ll have to wait until March’s Auto Show to get the scoop. The Forte is a little dated by […]

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SsangYong Shows Some LUV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/ssangyong-shows-some-luv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/ssangyong-shows-some-luv/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:15:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426281 The Chevrolet LUV may have been one of the dorkier car names in the annals of automotive history, but it’s arguably better than the moniker of its Japanese counterpart, the Isuzu Faster. Korean car maker SsangYong’s new truck, the Korando Sports, is being dubbed the “Leisure Utility Vehicle”, and if parent company Mahindra can get […]

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The Chevrolet LUV may have been one of the dorkier car names in the annals of automotive history, but it’s arguably better than the moniker of its Japanese counterpart, the Isuzu Faster. Korean car maker SsangYong’s new truck, the Korando Sports, is being dubbed the “Leisure Utility Vehicle”, and if parent company Mahindra can get […]

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NAIAS Preview: Hyundai Veloster Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-preview-hyundai-veloster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/naias-preview-hyundai-veloster/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:41:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424813 Despite constant denials during the press event attended by Ed and I (“If you want a Veloster Turbo,” Hyundai’s John Krafcik said, “go buy a Genesis Coupe,”) Hyundai will debut a turbocharged version of their Veloster coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. The lack of power may have been a demerit for the original car, […]

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Despite constant denials during the press event attended by Ed and I (“If you want a Veloster Turbo,” Hyundai’s John Krafcik said, “go buy a Genesis Coupe,”) Hyundai will debut a turbocharged version of their Veloster coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. The lack of power may have been a demerit for the original car, […]

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