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Hyundai officially debuted the redesigned Sonata in South Korea. This has been a long time coming for auto enthusiasts after having been subjected to a short teaser campaign, spy photos, and a leaked image.
This redesign is said to be advantageous for the midsize sedan as it will now incorporate the brand’s newest design language that was first revealed with the i30 and the Elantra.
Hyundai said that for the South Korean version, all of the trim levels will be fitted with the center console having a 7-inch display as standard on the interior. However, customers will be given the option to have the 8-inch screen, if they so wish. Whether the customer decides to go for the standard trim or the premium one, the infotainment systems for both will be compatible not only with Apple CarPlay but also with Android Auto.Read the entire article 2017 Hyundai Sonata Facelift gets South Korean debut
Hyundai has unveiled the re-engineered 2015 Sonata, which it says is more refined and premium-feeling than the current model. While the platform and US powertrain lineup for the new Sonata are expected to be carry overs from the current model, Hyundai said it concentrated on reducing noise, vibration and harshness and improving driving dynamics as well as refining its design.
According to Hyundai, it spent around KRW450 billion, ($416.3 million) over the past three years to develop the 2015 Sonata, which is expected to arrive in the United States late this year. Hyundai also unveiled partial specifications of the 2015 Sonata, which reflects the carmaker’s “fluidic sculpture 2.0” design language.
The rounded, swoopy lines found on the current-generation Sonata has been tightened on the 2015 model. Hyundai also increased the use of advanced high-strength steel in body-in-white to boost rigidity. The 2015 Sonata boasts of advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot detection, Hyundai said in a statement.Read the entire article Hyundai debuts the all-new 2015 Sonata in South Korea
The manufacturer of the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata , which was released in Korea today, is justifiably enthusiastic about its new model. If you're in Europe , expect the Sonata to be named the i40. In the UK, the car will go on sale late next year. Sales in Europe will begin with the estate, followed by the saloon and hatch models in 2011.
Speaking at the launching ceremony for the car in Seoul , Euisun Chung, Hyundai's vice chairman, said that the Sonata is a huge leap forward in terms of styling and quality.
Chung went even so far as to say that it sets a new standard for world-class mid-size sedans with state-of-the-art technology, superior build quality and emotional design. The new Sonata is expected to raise Hyundai's brand values.Read the entire article 2010 Hyundai Sonata breaks cover
Hyundai wanted to ensure that it doesn’t get left out in the hybridized vehicle game in the United States, and it just took the needed steps by unveiling the extensively redesigned 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.
The redesigned elements on the new 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV are meant not just to make them more appealing to customers in the United States, but also to complement and optimize the efficiency of their powertrains.
Both the new Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV are fitted with the South Korean carmaker’s 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine that delivers 154 hp of output and 140 lb- ft. of torque, as coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as an electric motor. However, these Sonata models differ in terms of drivetrain implementation and battery capacity.Read the entire article Hyundai unveils 2018 Sonata Hybrid and PHEV at Chicago Auto Show
Kia’s Sorento midsize sports utility vehicle is reaching its mid-cycle for the 2018 model year. Thus, its fans, enthusiasts and satisfied customers are expecting the Sorento to receive an update not just in looks, but also in technologies. Now, the 2018 Kia Sorento Facelift is arriving in Kia’s home market South Korea, and it is pretty appealing with its more upscale appearance.
Honestly, the mid-cycle cycle refresh for the third generation of the Sorento SUV features changes that are not so drastic, which means people wouldn’t be able recognize to them right away. These subtle changes include wider chrome fins for the Sorento’s tiger nose grille, making it look more glamorous. The headlights that flanked this tiger nose grille have also been revised for the 2018 model year and they now employ full LED (light emitting diode) technology. These LED headlamps are joined by daytime running lights that also make use of LED units.
In addition, the new 2018 Kia Sorento comes with some tweaks to the front bumper. For instance, the bottom of the retouched bumper now accommodates Kia’s ice cube-inspired fog lights that likewise employ LED technology. The changes up front are mirrored at the rear end, with the LED tail lights now donning a revised appearance. The rear end of the new Sorento also features more angular dual chrome exhaust finishers as well as reflectors that are repositioned higher than before. Completing the looks of the new Sorento is a pair of new running boards and a set of 19-inch glossy alloy wheels with a curved multi-spoke design.Read the entire article Kia reveals mid-cycle facelift for 2018 Sorento in South Korea
When an automotive company reaches a certain production milestone (such as the 1-millionth car that rolled off its production line), they often keep the car. Often as a trophy or a remembrance of the success of the car. But this time, BMW decided not to keep its 10 millionth 5 Series.
Recently, the number 10 million 5-series rolled off the production line at Bavaria’s Dingolfing plant, and the company decided to ship it to Korea to put it up for auction. The lucky buyer made a bid of 75 million won.
But if you convert that amount, it actually isn’t that big for a landmark special. As per current conversion rates, 75 million won is just about 60,000 euros or $65,000. For the sake of comparison, this particular 5-series was based on the 520d, which in Germany starts just below 38,000 euros before tax, and 45,000 euros after. While in Korea, after the destination fee, it starts at 66.3 million won. So at 75 million won, the unidentified bidder would have paid for another 8.7 won (around $7,600) for the 10-millionth 5 Series. Not a bad deal, I must say.Read the entire article 10-millionth BMW 5 Series auctioned off for 75 million won in South Korea
In 2004, the British marque Rolls-Royce officially entered South Korea with the opening of their showroom located in Seoul before opening their second showroom last September in Busan. Now RR will have not only one, but two premium cars as a way of expressing thanks to the largest cities in the Asian country, Seoul and Busan, and to celebrate more than 10 years of congenial collaboration.
Giles Taylor, Rolls-Royce design director, said that this bespoke pair that they have created offer personal spaces that represent the vibrant cities that they occupy, showing the possibilities that the world's most famous luxury house can provide.
He added that like an elegant suit, some of the most appealing Bespoke touches found in a Rolls-Royce are invisible to anyone but its owner. Or they may uncover themselves only by chance to the audience, like the colourful lining of a jacket exposed by a gust of wind as these vehicles momentarily come to a halt in the city.Read the entire article Rolls-Royce pays homage to South Korea with bespoke Ghost and Wraith special editions
South Korean automaker, Hyundai, is rolling out a rejuvenated D-segment sedan. Hyundai previously produced the Sonata with an extroverted, dramatic imaged but softened the look of the current generation vehicle that was revealed to the public eye 3 years ago. Recently Hyundai reverted back to its extroverted and dramatic outline of the midsized sedan.
The pre-ramped up 2018 Hyundai Sonata was launched last March of this year in its homestead in South Korea. Currently the aesthetically modified Sonata midsized sedan will make its debut this week in North America, specifically participating at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Akin to its Korean counterpart, the newly tweaked 2018 Sonata sports a newly revised front end that highlights the new "cascading" grille and boosted front fasciae fitted with vertical LED running lights.
Hyundai exclaimed that the brand new front end of the vehicle is equipped with vertical side air intakes to provide the car a more planted feel, and its hood revised to make it lower at the front, in which it gives the 4 door sedan a sleeker look. The new "cascading" grille got its influence from the molten steel that is flowing outside of the caldron. However the overall body of the 2018 Sonata did not have a hint of change as it’s still maintaining a sleek, low roofline of the pre-ramped up unit. Another option that the consumer can choose is the Full LED headlamps. The rear part of the sedan is sporting a sharper looking LED taillights, with a lettering that reads "Sonata". Impressively the rear is less cluttered looking than that of its former self.Read the entire article Recently facelifted 2018 Hyundai Sonata comes fresh off the oven
Next week, a variety of new and refreshed models will grace the 2017 New York Auto Show. Once again, various automakers will come together to show off their latest products and features. And officials have confirmed that one of those vehicles is none other than Hyundai’s newly refreshed 2018 Sonata midsize sedan.
Not much has been revealed of what is inside the car and what it can do (or achieve), but reports say that the American model has a close resemblance with the newly updated Korean version which made its official debut in South Korea just a few days ago.
If we would base the new look of the American model with the Korean version, then it would also have a redesigned front grille, new LED running lights, redesigned taillights, and a new trunk badge which also functions as its opening handle – a few of the exterior revisions that we will be expecting.Read the entire article New and improved 2018 Hyundai Sonata to grace the 2017 New York Auto Show
The Tesla Model S has finally arrived in South Korean soil and is now available for test drive. But, there’s a catch. You’ll have to wait several months if you were not one of the first few hundreds to sign up for the test-drive.
What I mean is that if you purchase a Tesla Model S online or at the showroom, there is a higher chance of you getting your vehicle way ahead of time, than you getting that 20- to 30-minute test drive. In fact, the wait list is so long that it would take six months for those who signed up last. And nope, that was not a typing error when I wrote six months.
The reason behind this is that Tesla only has two showrooms in South Korea, and both of them are fairly new. Each showroom can only accommodate around 10 test drives per day, giving each person the chance to take the car out for a drive for about 20-30 mins. So, ten times two, that’s just twenty people per day for the whole nation. Having said that, there’s probably around 3,600 people in line to test drive the Model S. And the only way to fix that problem is for Tesla to open more showrooms, or to accommodate more people per day.Read the entire article There’s a six-month waiting list to test drive Tesla’s Model S in South Korea
t seems as if something had flown out of the drawing board. Kind of. Before the Korean carmaker holds its official debut this year, sketches of the updated 2018 Hyundai Sonata have leaked on the Internet. Based on the reports, the teasers first came from Hyundai’s official Facebook page but a recent post from Hyundai-Blog also has the same drawings of the new sedan.
Although it wasn’t the first time that the upcoming model was spied online, the sketches prove to be more revealing as far as the design cues and how the finished product would turn out later on.
If anything, the new updates give the new Sonata a sportier look and it appears to have more of a European flair this time as compared to the current model. At least judging from the overall impression. Thanks to Schreyer’s signature nose grille, the most noticeable changes go to the front end which also includes new headlights and distinctive daytime running lights in LED. Besides these changes, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is expected to come with redesigned cabin with new trims to match as well the latest information and entertainment system.Read the entire article Sketches of Hyundai Sonata with its new facelift have surfaced online
Given the number of emission scandals that has grabbed the headlines last year, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has banned the sales of certain Nissan, Porsche and BMW models. At least ten vehicles were found to have false emission test results, including Porsche’s Panamera S E-Hybrid, 911 GT3, Cayman GTS, 918 Spyder, Cayenne S E-Hybrid & Turbo and Macan S Diesel. Nissan’s Qashqai and Infiniti Q50 were also included as well as BMW’s X5 M SUV.
The three carmakers were fined a total of $5.9 million (equivalent to 7.7 billion won) for the 4,523 affected units sold and registered locally. According to Reuters, BMW and Nissan’s local divisions have said that something would be done to correct the fabricated documents to get back their certifications while Porsche, at this time, could not be reached to comment on the issue.
South Korea last year has banned a total of 32 models from Bentley, Audi and Volkswagen following the Dieslelgate cheating controversy. Volkswagen Group paid $15.98 million (or 17.8 billion won) to the South Korean government for falsification of documents. Among the vehicles banned since August 2016 are the Audi RS7 and the Volkswagen Golf.Read the entire article South Korea bans sales of selected Nissan, Porsche and BMW models
Barely a week after Hyundai released some drawings of its redesigned 2018 Hyundai Azera, the South Korean carmaker made public actual images of the mid-size sedan. The updated Azera (referred to as Hyundai Grandeur in South Korea) features a new appearance with a couple of styling revisions. In addition, the new Hyundai Azera is now loaded with new technological elements that make it more contemporary both in looks and features.
Upon closer inspection, it is fairly easy to tell that the new Azera takes inspiration from the brand’s new design language, called “Fluidic Sculpture.” This styling theme made its debut on the Hyundai Sonata model and is defined by two characteristic side creases in the sheet metal. One of these creases commences just behind the headlamps, then runs to on top the fender and through the back door. The other crease commences ahead of the rear door handle and then goes upward.
While Hyundai has said that the new Hyundai Azera “spearheads a new era” of design for the South Korean carmaker, there have been observations about several styling similarities with the new offerings of the Genesis premium brand. Nonetheless, Hyundai is hoping that this new design language – marked by heavily sculptured and dynamic appearance – would be the brand’s new selling point.Read the entire article Hyundai reveals 2017 Grandeur in South Korea, previews 2018 Azera
The long wait is over for those eager to get their hands on the new MY2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This new offering from the South Korean carmaker is arriving at select dealerships at a starting price of $34,600 – a competitive price tag for a compelling vehicle powered by an alternative powertrain. Meanwhile, the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Limited costs $38,600.
Its plug-in hybrid powertrain is comprised of a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine and a 50kW electric motor. This system features a total output of 202 hp at 6,000, with the Nu engine contributing 154 hp and 140 lb. ft. of torque.
At 50kW of output, the electric motor on the Sonata PHEV is around 32 percent more powerful than the one found on the Sonata Hybrid (38 kW). Sonata PHEV’s electric motor also enables the vehicle to go all-electric at higher engine load and speeds and offers an class-leading 27-mile All-Electric Range (AER).Read the entire article 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV promises 27-mile electric range with a $34,600 price tag
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first vehicle to feature Google Inc.’s new Android Auto interface. This is a huge achievement for Hyundai, which had worked hard to be the first to offer a system that may be available in countless vehicles in the near future as consumers look for cars that work with their smartphones.
It’s also a tremendous win for Google, which has gotten ahead of rival Apple Inc, which offers CarPlay as the iPhone interface. Hyundai’s senior manager Cason Grover, who works on connected-car technology, is confident that once customers try Android Auto once, they won’t be willing to not have it in their cars again.
As an example, he mentioned that as he entered his car to go to a business trip, Android Auto asked him if his destination is at the airport so that the trip can be set there. The system understood that his flight was leaving within two hours after it accessed his Google calendar. Grover added that it won’t take too long before this system will become “a ubiquitous technology in the industry.”Read the entire article 2015 Hyundai Sonata is first vehicle to feature Google’s Android Auto
Renault-Nissan plans to increase its shipment of Nissan Rogue crossovers from South Korea to the United States by 38 percent this year to cater to increasing demand in North America. The alliance had planned to build 80,000 US-bound Rogues at Renault’s site in South Korea, but demand has tipped them to build 30,000 more to 110,000 units.
Nissan commenced production of the Rogue crossover in South Korea in 2014, which has allowed Renault Samsung, its partner’s local unit, to use the idle capacity at its South Korean plant. Renault Samsung saw its local sales dwindle by almost half in 2012, no thanks to increasing competition from Hyundai Motor Co. and German carmakers.
Renault Samsung, however, has seen its sales recover since then. The Rogue crossover is Nissan’s No.2 model in terms of sales in the US, with the Altima midsize sedan reigning as the brand’s best-seller.Read the entire article Renault-Nissan to build 30,000 more US-bound Rogues in Korea
A supposed United States-bound Mitsubishi midsize sedan won’t make it to its destination, no thanks to a sudden appreciation of the South Korean won against the US dollar and the Japanese yen. The sedan was planned to be sourced from Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Busan assembly plant in South Korea, and dealers have been excited about it since it was announced in November 2013.
Mitsubishi, however, terminated the feasibility study after failing to reach a “win-win” outcome for the project. One executive told __ that a very strong Korean won proved the project as simply too expensive. A spokesman for Mitsubishi said the carmaker is looking into other options for launching a new sedan in US, as its sales were hurt by an aging Lancer compact sedan and the dropping of the Galant.
The project could have been a win-win situation for both Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan. It would fill what seems a missing link in Mitsubishi’s US lineup while helping Renault-Nissan securing work for its underused site in South Korean. While Mitsubishi could have source a new sedan from Nissan from a plant in North America, the latter’s sites in the region are already working at full capacity.Read the entire article Strong South Korean won sealed off Nissan-made Mitsubishi sedan
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid wasn’t the only vehicle unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as the South Korean manufacturer also brought the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This model uses a downsized 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine that delivers 154 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Moreover, the vehicle carries an electric motor that produces 38 kW (51 hp) and 151 lb-ft of torque, as well as a lithium-polymer battery pack with a capacity of 1.62 kWh, which is located under the trunk floor.
The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 193 hp at 6,000 rpm. Hyundai expects the vehicle to return a fuel economy of 44 mpg on the highway, 39 mpg in the city and 42 mpg combined.Read the entire article NAIAS: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid promises to return 44 mpg on the highway
The 2015 Detroit Auto Show was the place chosen by Hyundai to launch its first plug-in hybrid model, the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This new model uses a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine producing 154 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a 50kW electric motor. The total output delivered by the system is 202 hp at 6,000 rpm.
Moreover, the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) uses a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) as well as a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery pack. According to Hyundai, the battery can store enough energy to offer an all-electric range of up to 22 miles.
Sonata PHEV is expected to deliver 93 MPGe combined in EV mode, 38 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined. Charging the battery takes from two and a half hours at 240V Level 2 charging station to five hours using a standard 120V outlet.Read the entire article NAIAS: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Everyone loves sports cars and most of you folks are in love with the proper sound delivered by a powerful V8 engine. Still, it appears that South Korean buyers will not be able to enjoy the sound of the V8 engine found on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the vehicle is currently being delayed by the country’s regulation on automobile noise.
These words came from Chevrolet Korea CEO Sergio Rocha, who also said that only 12 Corvettes are imported to Korea every year, which means that bringing the Corvette Stingray to Korea makes no sense. As a result, the company will not try to spend its resources and convince lawmakers to change the noise law only to sell 12 vehicles per year.
For those who don’t know, the 2014 Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that produces 450 hp and 450 lb-ft (610 Nm) of torque. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed manual transmission as standard, while as an option Chevrolet offers a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.Read the entire article Corvette Stingray not coming to South Korea as its V8 engine is too noisy
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