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Yup. You read that right. According to the folks at Edmunds, Hyundai made a statement yesterday that a pickup truck might be in the cards, but it won't be available for a long time.
The announcement by the Korean automaker comes the same day as a trade pact between the U.S. and Hyundai was announced. The pact, which we covered earlier, will lift tariffs on certain models, depending on engine displacement, over the course of the next few months and years.

Reuters quoted a Hyundai spokesperson as saying that, "We will conduct a feasibility study [on a pickup truck] as a long-term project." Again, such a project will be dependent on the elimination of financial restrictions, and considering that a tariff on models sporting three-liter or larger engines won't go away for another 10 years, you can expect to wait at least that long until you see one at your local Home Depot.

[Source: Edmunds]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "The days of a big, heavy and cumbersome pickup for a daily driver, is limited. As one poster indicated, only Americans drive them anymore. (I assume he didn't include the shrinking Canadian market.)

      Posted at 11:01PM on Apr 3rd 2007 by Barney"

      You're correct-that's why American Pickups are big, but getter better mileage, drive better and have better utility than their Asian counterparts.

      Good Luck to Hyundai-they seem far better at hitting the mark faster than the Japanese manufacturers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kia had a pick up on the auto show circuit a few years back, so this is something that they have obviously been thinking about for a while.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm no fan of either high-UN-dai or HYOON-dae, and I've been watching so many Fifth/Top Gear clips lately I've forgotten which I'm supposed to use, but a hot little growly low-slung number blasted by me on the freeway a month or so ago. I thought I was mistaken when in the second I had to look I saw that encircled H on the back.

      No so long ago a tiny sedan was stopped next to me at a light. I noticed it was rather handsome in a no-nonsense sort of way. I wasn't aware such things were possible anymore. It too, had the H.

      One hears of Toyota fearing the coming juggernaut from the Tiger Economy, and that the Hyundai perpetually shocks the press by being more satisfactory than Euro makes like VW and Mercedes.

      If the people getting all this press and making those nice little cars decide to put together a real, no nonsense truck-based truck I'd have to look into it. Actually, I've been meaning to head down to the Hyundai people just to get up close and personal with some of their offings. I'm not really in the market right now, but those guys are up to something. It might be good.

      Oh, and remember, Falcon is to Mustang as Elantra is to Tiburon ... while I'm still waiting for the "Mustang" to the Focus.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good for them.... and I care why??? Not only is Hyundai a company I pay zero attention to and 2017 or so is so far away we might by driving fricken' flying cars by then!
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Bob maybe if you read once in a while you would know the mazda 2 and a Ford derivitave are not so far away from being here. Is that all you really got? I am actually surprised that Ranger sales have not increased due to gas prices. It's not a bad truck, just old and tired. Maybe Ford is right, the compact/midsize truck is a thing of the past.

      Buck..uh the Ranger is compact.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      No Porsche911..a Porsche truck is next! =)
      • 7 Years Ago
      If its anything like the recent concept and upcoming cars we have seen lately from Hyundai, then it is sure to be a winner.
      http://www.dpccars.com
      DPCcars
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jesus dude,ford is the uglyest truck on the market,besides the honda.Ford will be out of business by the time hyundai comes out with a truck.Ford also needs to wory about makeing a reliable,good looking,powerful truck,instead of an ugly boxy,underpowered cerial box.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to second the suggestion that Hyundai start with a true compact pickup. Their only compact competition is the Ranger and it badly needs a redesign. With fuel prices going up and American diesel standards improving, a compact pickup that gets halfway decent gas mileage would get some buyers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      first toyota, then honda, and now hyundai?

      so whats coming next? A KIA "truck"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bryan, I am really hoping that by 2017 the Ford Ranger will be redesigned. That, along with no B segment car is the weak spots in the Ford lineup.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Re:21. Korean vehicles, German vehicles, Japanese vehicles, am I still living in the USA?
      Posted at 7:09AM on Apr 4th 2007 by Richie638"

      Well richie, unless you lived somewhere else in the past thirty years. It's not like new cars from those countries have just popped up. You may be surprised to also learn that American vehicles have been made in foreign countries even longer.
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