• May 12, 2010
"Hyundai Motor Co. denies that there are any current plans to bring a pickup truck of any type into the U.S. now or in the foreseeable future. Hyundai is not in discussion with Chrysler in regard to a selling a rebadged Chrysler Corp. pickup truck, or any other vehicle, in the U.S."
So, there you go. But, as is often the case, where there is smoke, there is fire. Late last week, news reports began filtering in that Hyundai was indeed in talks with Chrysler regarding the possibility of a fullsize pickup truck wearing the Korean automaker's badge built atop the Ram truck platform from the Pentastar. Those negotiations apparently did happen, according to the always reliable PickupTrucks.com, but stalled after the two companies couldn't agree on volume numbers.

Further, what prompted the whole series of truck-based discussions is Hyundai's reported desire to enter the commercial vehicle market later this decade. If true, this action would mirror a similar move by Nissan, which just unveiled its initial salvo into the large but mostly stagnant commercial vehicle marketplace.

Might Hyundai's commercial vehicle bear something in common with the Dodge H-100 Wagon that Chrysler markets in Mexico? Seems like a definite possibility, considering that the Ram-headed commercial vehicle is actually based on an overseas design from Hyundai. Stay tuned.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai just saved themselves from embarrassment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Instead of linking to the german version, why not link to the Australian iLoad which is selling very well down under.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyundai_iLoad

      The 2.5L turbo diesel does very well propelling the van and its a much more crowded market down here, and it's beating everyone on pricing as well as warranty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1.

        These are everywhere down here, and look to be very nice work vans. Can't imagine they won't do well in the States.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai has a chassis and an engine designed expressively for this purpose; Borrego and Tau V8.

      Kia's Georgia plant was originally planned to build Borrego pickup truck in the US, but the oil price shock pushed back that plan. If Hyundai's gonna do a pickup truck again, it will be an inhouse effort.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note the key phrase "in the U.S." Corporations don't use specifics like that without intent. Seems Hyundai has plans for the Ram trucks outside the U.S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      heheh, that picture looks like the two vans got into an accident with each other
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai wasn't that clueless in this bad economy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a guy who drives a GMC Savana panel van everyday for work, I would like to see other car companies bring in their Commercial vehicles. Somebody has to have a little bit better of a setup.

      I would like to see something other than GMC/Chevy, Ford, or Sprinter Vans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've driven a 2010 GMC Savana with the Duramax...honestly I thought it was pretty fun to drive! It handled decently, compared to our 98 F150, which for a truck doesn't handle that bad either. It had gobs of torque, and with the limited slip, it made an awesome snow drifter! It sure as heck exceeded my expectations.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to say...you are tired of Sprinter vans already?

        For years it was only two choices bewteen the Chevy/GMC twins and the Ford. I think the Sprinter adds some much needed competition to the market. Don't really think there needs to be a fourth, and if there is - it will just be that much tougher for the new player to find a niche. That said, I applaud Ford's efforts with the smaller Transits. I'm already seeing them on the roads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sprinter Vans are awesome. Love that MB 5cyl turbo diesel and their turning radius is unbelievable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well I have a ladder rack. Sprinters are rather tall and it's much more difficult to get ladders down. Plus my company is not going to fork out the money for Sprinters. I've driven Sprinters and I do really like them.

        I want to see someone who could give the Big Three a run for their money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai should definitely bring over that van, the H1. It's been far too long for Chevy and Ford to have no true competition, and the only reason why they can keep selling designs that are like 15 years old!
      • 4 Years Ago
      GOOD! I dont want Chrysler to have any ties with these junk Korean car companies. Mitsujunky was bad enough,,,

      And for the guy looking for other Vans, Fiat is bringing over two. One sprinter sized and one Transit connect sized.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only engines Mitsu supplied Chrysler in the 80's was the 2.6 i4 and the 3.0 V6. The 2.6 was in the early 80's. Not a very good engine and Chrysler dumped as soo as there 2.5 was ready to take over. The 3.0 came out in the late 80's and did better, if not stellar. It still had it's share of problems. Again Chrysler dumped it as soon as they had a replacement. Even the Chrysler branded Mitsu cars (Laser/Talon, Stealth, Sebring coupe/Avenger coupe) looked better than their Mitsu brethern.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Frank
        Mitsu supplied Chrysler WHOLE CARS that were rebaranded as Chryslers. Saying the extent of their sharing was just two engines is misleading. I do not care what you think "looked better"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrysler is still a piece of sh.. company even without ties with Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In case you haven't noticed, they're already selling Hyundais in Mexico. That's a Dodge in the pic up top. They don't even bother to have Hyundai take off the Hyundai logos down there excepting for the Dodge Attitude (aka Hyundai Verna/Accent). Also, I'd note that Chrysler anchors most bottom of most quality surveys and isn't exactly growing, unlike HKAG.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You got it backwards:

        You don't want Hyundai, automaker with best initial quality and top 5 3 year reliability ratings, also most fuel efficient automakers in the United States according to EPA, any ties with crappy, junk chrysler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Mitsujunky" helped saved Chrysler's behind the first time. Most of those K-cars and early minivans had Mitsubishi power. They supported all of their small car and most of their midsize car effort in the 70's and 80's and on into the mid 90's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will they be Diesel powered?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A small cargo van (Astro sized) with a clean diesel engine and good mpg would put Hyundai in the commercial business with a bang. The Transit does not have enough power and could really use a little bit more room.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i know that nissan has a van that certainly goes against gm, ford and chrysler. i forget what it is called, but it is a full-framer- which means good for towing. it comes in a powerful 4.0 liter v6 and an available 5.6 liter v8! not to mention most of the engine is under the hood, unlike certain generations of ford, gm and dodge, hence the "dog house" that took up alot of the legroom up front.... i think the nissan is worth a look.
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