A prolonged factory strike at Hyundai-Kia factories in South Korea could mean that US dealership inventory of certain vehicles, such as the South Korea-built Hyundai Accent and Kia Soul, could dry up in the coming months, depending on the length of the strike, reports Cars.com's blog, Kicking Tires. The two brands together rank sixth in US sales and fifth in global sales.

Kicking Tires gives fascinating insight into how a production stoppage in South Korea might affect vehicle sales in the US, considering Hyundai-Kia has two factories in the US that build the Kia Sorento and Optima/Optima Hybrid, and the Hyundai Elantra sedan/coupe/GT, Sonata/Sonata Hybrid and Santa Fe/Santa Fe Sport. The only one of these vehicles that's built solely in the US is the Kia Sorento, with the rest of them sharing production with South Korea.

Be sure to read the piece, especially if you're in the market for a Hyundai or Kia, or just interested in global economics.


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      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's an economic imbalance within South Korea. The low interest rates, government spending and quantitative easing have resulted in high food and energy prices and so of course the average man on the street in South Korea is worse off. Hyundai/Kia on the other hand are benefiting short-term because of currency depreciation, but that's only due to hedging done on the commodity side. However, once those future contracts expire then Hyundai will find itself hurting again and it'll be 1997 for them all over again. They'll hit the same wall, but from the other side this time.
        Bill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        In 1997 Korea's gross foreign reserves was 9.1 billion USD. Now its 350 billion, five times larger than Canada's. The US has greater income inequality. Exports make up over 50% of Korea's GDP... so it would seem that although some people will suffer many will gain.
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't worry Hyundai fans... this is just a normal summer occurrence when workers strike as an excuse to get time off.
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it really bright over there or something, why is everybody squinting all the time?
      Slick Willy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good riddance!
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go ahead and strike, I'm all for it.
      straight2spam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just stick to CHEVY. Who cares N.K. strike.
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      The comments show the Murikanism... ignorant
      keysdiesel2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Americans should only buy American. Asian cars are crap and misrepresented. I'm still driving a 94 Bronco with over 300,000 miles on it. And a back up ram 2500 with a 124,000 miles. Both still going strong.
      rkeeeballs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Treat the workers fairly and this crap doesn't happen !....UNIONS RULE !
      futuramautoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      These Unions... they ruin everything.
      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a tragedy... the clown car Soul will have late delivery for the clown american Kia customer. I can just see the...tears of the clowns
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would mean less poor quality, rusting Korean junk on the roads.
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