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    Paris: SsangYong XIV-Adventure and XIV-Air Concepts are finding the pace
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    Every time we see a display from SsangYong, Korea's fourth-largest automaker, we're startled at the pace with which it is upping its game. Just a few short years ago, its show stands were littered with discordant designs that bordered on the comical – the original Rodius and Korando still ...

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    Official: Hyundai HG350 ready to take on Europe's Transits and Sprinters
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    Here in North America, Hyundai has been historically known as a purveyor of affordable, content-laden everyday cars and crossovers. More recently, it's also been pushing upmarket and attempting to gain respect for its sporting joneses. In other parts of the world, however, the Korean automaker is ...

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    Report: Hyundai spooks investors by paying $10B for new Gangnam HQ location
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    Doing things Gangnam style apparently costs a serious chunk of change, because Hyundai is reportedly paying roughly $10 billion for 19.6 acres (79,342 square meters) of land in the trendy district of Seoul, South Korea, to serve as the location for its new headquarters. That eye-popping number ...

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    Report: Mahindra studying bringing Ssangyong to US
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    After a valiant effort, Indian automaker Mahindra eventually had to give up its attempt to bring a small, cheap pickup truck to the United States, but it hasn't completely given up. Korean automaker Ssangyong, which Mahindra controls, might have a confusing name, but it's taking the first, ...

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    Report: Pope Francis chauffeured around Korea in a Kia Soul
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    Korea is not without its domestic automobiles that would be suitable for transporting a visiting head of state: the Hyundai Equus comes to mind. Failing that, a Genesis sedan would do the trick. Maybe even a Kia K900 or a Renault Samsung SM7. But those familiar with Pope Francis and his taste in ...

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    Report: Seoul moves to ban Uber, create own app
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    The ridesharing service Uber promises to connect people needing a lift with drivers offering one, and it appears to be pretty useful. After all, you can use it to summon Optimus Prime. For many cab drivers around the world, though, the app is basically the bane of their existence. The French ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.11.14
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    Dad pleads with parents to remember kids in hot cars The weather is definitely taking a turn towards the high end of the thermostat, meaning the sad, seasonal issue of unattended children in hot cars has been raised yet again. See how one dad, North Carolina resident Terry Williams, is taking to ...

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    Report: GM Korea employees approve strike
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    Think the UAW is the only labor union that's angling to give General Motors headaches in the near term? Guess again. GM employees in South Korea's highly unionized and strike-happy workforce have officially approved a strike action against the automaker as labor talks are set to begin. Of GM's ...

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    Report: Hyundai in trouble for overstating fuel economy numbers at home, too
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    Hyundai is, understandably, "very confused by the fine and the different results." The South Korean government is investigating Hyundai and Ssangyong, alleging that the two manufacturers overstated the fuel economy figures on some of their crossovers. But while the initial investigation is ...

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    Report: Korea's Oullim Spirra supercar heading to Geneva under electric power
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    South Korea has emerged as a global powerhouse in the automotive industry. It's home not only to Hyundai and Kia, but General Motors (having taken over Daewoo), SsangYong and Renault Samsung Motors also make cars there. Unfortunately not a one of them makes a serious sports car. But that's where ...

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    Official: Hyundai shocks Korea with mid-engined Veloster concept
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    There are many things we love here at Autoblog, but one of the quirkiest is the mid-engined hot hatch, whether it's the Renaultsport Clio V6 or the Volkswagen GTI W12-650 concept. Unfortunately, we can never seem to get our hands on one – the former never having made the transatlantic ...

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    Official: Hyundai reveals refreshed Grandeur sedan in South Korea
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    Never heard of the Hyundai Grandeur? That's alright, because that's just the name the model uses domestically. Over here it's known as the Azera, but it's back in Korea where Hyundai has revealed a revised version of what is currently the company's largest front-drive sedan. Compared with the ...

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    Report: IHS: Global vehicle production to increase by 21M units by 2021, China to account for half
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    The global automotive market will continue to surge into the start of the next decade, according to a new report from IHS Automotive. The analytical firm is reporting that global annual production will increase by 21 million units by 2021. Global production has already seen a 25-million-unit ...

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    Official: Hyundai reveals all-new Sonata in South Korea
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    We've seen the spy shots. We've seen the teasers. We've even seen the finished product uncovered in its home market. But now Hyundai has officially taken the wraps off its new Sonata, consistently one of its top sellers in North America that was surpassed only recently in the sales charts by the ...

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    Spy Shots: 2015 Hyundai Sonata found uncovered in Korea
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    Hyundai is locked and loaded to debut its redesigned, 2015 Sonata at the New York Auto Show next month. For one enterprising Korean photographer, however, the reveal just couldn't come soon enough. A South Korean website called Bobaedream.co.kr unceremoniously published some images of what would ...

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    Report: Hyundai rehires R&D president let go over quality issues
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    Last November, Hyundai announced the resignations of research and development president Kwon Moon-sik and two other R&D executives. At that time, it was said that the executives wished to "take responsibility for a series of quality issues" at the Korean automaker. Kwon Moon-sik had only been ...

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    Report: Political brouhaha over war shrine visit could dent Japanese car sales in China
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    A political dispute in 2012 between China and Japan over a group of islands in the East China Sea dealt a beating to sales of Japanese cars as Chinese consumers decided to back their government's stance with a boycott. It got so bad that Japanese automakers cut production by up to 50 percent, ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis
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    It's not easy to drive a prototype-level version of the upcoming, second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan. Three hours in airports; fourteen hours in a plane; two hours riding in a car from a Iuncheon to my hotel in the now-famous Gangnam district of downtown Seoul; another two hours-plus on a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Kia Soul EV Prototype
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    Spend a few days chatting with the good people of Seoul about their neighbors to the north, and you'll find a pattern emerges. When they first start talking, South Korea's citizenry speaks openly and ardently about seeking reunification with their North Korean brothers and sisters. Yet once you ...

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    Motorsports: Race Recap: 2013 Korean F1 Grand Prix crazy enough for Psy [spoilers]
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    The end of qualifying for the 2013 Korean Formula One Grand Prix left us with five pairs: two chassis each from Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Lotus, Ferrari and Sauber. Yes, Sauber. The last time the Swiss team had two drivers in the top ten was Japan last year, when Kamui ...

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