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Hyundai, now a world-class engine manufacturer, may lend engine technology to Mercedes-Benz for a future four-cylinder powerplant. It was just a few short years ago that DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai banded together in the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) to build the so-called World Engine (pictured at right). The GEMA engine, with displacements ranging from 1.8-liters up to 2.4-liters, is found under the hood of more than a handful of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai products.

While word isn't official, Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, President of the R&D and Corporate Product Planning and Strategy Divisions of Hyundai-Kia Motors, told Automobile Magazine that he had been approached by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG, at the Beijing Auto Show about partnering on a four-cylinder powerplant. Dr. Lee didn't disclose the rest of the conversation, but he did add, "I am not sure we want to share our technology." With the hot Genesis Coupe and luxurious Genesis Sedan ready to roll, and distinguished Mercedes-Benz knocking on the front door, it appears Hyundai's hard work is paying off.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
      I always thought that Hyundai's 4-cylinder engines were noisy underpowered gas guzzlers. Maybe that has changed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe the Elantra I-4, which uses the Beta engine...

        GEMA "World Engine", Hyundai's Theta engine, is currently only used in the Sonata I4.

        The engine is not underpowered, 175hp in the Sonata; it is not noisy, tied for best in db level IIRC; it is not a gas guzzler, tied for tops in MPG in Sonata's class, IIRC.

        I can't vouch for Mitsu and Chrysler engines, since both companies have took Hyundai designed/developed engines and modified them. Mitsu and Chrysler and paying royalties for the application.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if MB will do this with Hyundai building the Genesis, a $40,000 car that is a copy of $60,000 MB. Although as soon as I can afford a Genesis I'm buying one. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Even though I know there are and will always be disgruntled 1st gen Hyundai buyers and just plain haters of the company, like it or not Hyundai is growing faster than any other automotive company on the market. Also believe it or not the Chinese automotive companies will soon follow, now that they have learned from their mistakes. Hyundai has already became one of my top favorite companies.

      My main reason for favoring Hyundai, aside from rapidly expanding technology knowledge to improving quality measures, they actually listen to consumers like you and I unlike ANY of the domestics. Also they have a good niche market since their cars are less costly over the other foreign competition.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Totally agree with you.

        The 2009 Sonata is evidence of this. Although the 2006 Sonata was a good car, the interior was substandard and many complained about the seat cushions, both of which were addressed in the refresh.

        I know there are still many who balk at the idea of owning a Hyundai because of its image. All I say is: go and test drive one. I've owned 2 Hyundais so far and the quality strides that this company has made over the years is unbelievable. However, I do have one gripe: MANUAL. Hyundai, PLEASE put have manuals available for your V6! Hopefully, the manual developed for the Genesis coupe will be widely available.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Once they are at the top, they won't listen any more.
      Richa Jones
      • 3 Years Ago
      The world engine was the project of many car manufacturers also the Hyundai contributed a lot of expertise to develop it. http://www.onlinecardeals.net/
      • 7 Years Ago

      Mercedes Benz dumps Chrysler, now seeing a Korean chick.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Should read: "MB dumps Chrysler after abusing her and raiding her bank account. Now seeing a Korean."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Guess the American chick was too fat and bloated...
      • 7 Years Ago
      =.= hyundai needs help from bmw
      • 7 Years Ago
      Key word: MAY
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai Theta is third all-aluminum engine of Hyundai motor company. Theta is very powerful engine is turbocharged for use in the Genesis Coupe. Chrysler & Mitsubishi is began production of modified Theta, Which is debuted October 2005.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They've got technology... now it's marketing to boost themselves up on the track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "But seriously, hasn't the aforementioned World Engine been derided in many reviews as being harsh and unrefined? I seem to remember this particularly in the Avenger/Sebring reviews. I'm not saying Hyundai isn't making progress, but it sounds as though they still have some work to do."

      yeah, it's also been groused about in Mitsu Evo reviews.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Very True! They don't run the heck out of auto Sonata's like the other cars they test. The difference between the engines is small.
        When you red line them they get loud and harsh. It's just the normal Hyundai-good
        Others -bad review giving Hyundai credit for being from a cheap country. Go China!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has to be my favorite Autoblog posting this week.
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