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    Report: Why BMWs are cheaper than Hyundais in Korea
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    Bloomberg reports shifting tariff regulations have upended the traditional automotive pecking order in Korea. Thanks to cheaper import taxes, foreign brands have seen market share jump from 28 percent to 41 percent over the last two years. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have all capitalized on the ...

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    Report: South Korea firms up fuel economy regs following Hyundai/Kia debacle
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    According to a report from Reuters, South Korea's government has drafted strict new rules for automakers to follow when calculating fuel economy. The legislation comes after a major snafu by Hyundai and Kia that resulted in the automakers lowering the estimated fuel mileage of many popular models ...

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    ETC: These are the overloaded cars of South Korean workers fleeing North Korea
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    Around 175 South Korean workers have been forced to pack up their belongings and leave a group of jointly operated factories in North Korea after tensions continued to escalate between the two countries. The workers piled tools and finished products high onto the roofs of regular passenger cars ...

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    Video: South Korean network bans Psy 'Gentleman' video for disrespecting traffic cones
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    South Korea takes the dignity of its traffic cones very, very seriously. As you've likely heard by now, Psy has released his long-anticipated followup to his international hit "Gangnam Style." The new single, "Gentleman," follows the singer as he behaves like anything but. The video has already ...

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    Official: Hyundai reveals flying car among other wacky concepts [w/video]
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    Hyundai has held an IDEA festival for the past three years that gives its engineers a break from seat belts, and electrical harnesses and wheel arch moldings. Each festival serves up a theme for personal mobility, after that there's no limit – competing teams can come up with anything that ...

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    Video: GM's Akerson mulling South Korea exit options due to North Korean tensions [w/video]
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    Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, says his company is making contingency plans to move workers from South Korea should tensions escalate further between that country and North Korea. While speaking in an interview on CNBC's Squawk Box, Akerson said, "We are making contingency plans for the ...

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    Report: Hyundai exec admits company studying pickup, no foolin'
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    Automotive News reports Hyundai may be considering jumping into the US pickup market. Lee In-cheol, ice president of international sales, says the company's product planners and engineers are currently trying to determine what size pickup would be best for our market. Currently, the automaker has ...

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    Official: Ssangyong gets handsome with LIV-1 large SUV concept
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    Ssangyong has rolled another SUV out of the concept room and into the Seoul Motor Show called the LIV-1 – which stands for Limitless Interface Vehicle. The large four-wheel-drive machine is going into production according to Ssyangyong's CEO and will slot in between the Rodius and ...

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    Official: Hyundai's rakish HND-9 concept has lots of Seoul
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    Hyundai has unwrapped the HND-9 Sports Coupe Concept at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. The design study is intended to give the world a glimpse at what Hyundai has planned for the look of its future products – an evolution of the automaker's current Fluidic Sculpture design language. With ...

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    Kia's promised "four-door coupe" Cub concept... isn't
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    Kia appears to have pulled a quick one on the world with its Cub Concept. As it turns out, the machine isn't the four-door coupe they promised at all. Instead, the little showcar is a five-door hatch with suicide rear doors. That's certainly fine by our reckoning, but it isn't quite what we were ...

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    Official: Kia confirms Cub "four-door coupe" concept for Seoul
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    Kia has announced it is headed to the Seoul Motor Show with a new sedan concept. Details are still scarce, but the Kia CUB Concept should be small, at under 13 feet long and come with coupe-like proportions. Kia wants the vehicle to "appeal to trend-setting urban dwellers," a notoriously ...

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    Study: Younger buyers leaving Japanese for South Korean, American brands
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    Edmunds has taken a closer look at the buying habits of young adults. As it turns out, Gen X and Gen Y buyers are increasingly eschewing Japanese brands in favor of South Korean and American automakers. Five years ago, that wasn't the case, with more than half of all young buyers flocking to ...

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    Teased: Hyundai sketches out HND-9 luxury sports coupe concept ahead of Seoul
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    Hyundai has dropped a couple of rendered looks at its forthcoming HND-9 luxury sports coupe concept, which will debut at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. While full details probably won't be released until then, the Korean automaker has said the butterfly-doored machine will bow with a ...

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    Video: 2014 Hyundai Equus facelift revealed ahead of NY debut
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    Hyundai has dropped a pair of videos detailing the facelifted 2014 Equus (a.k.a. Centennial) ahead of the luxury sedan's official debut at the New York Auto Show later this month. New adaptive LED headlamps are matched with redesigned LED taillamps, along with new 18-inch alloy wheels at all ...

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    Geneva: SsangYong SIV-1 Concept is "Nature Born 3 Motion" embodied
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    SsangYong is not normally a brand whose styling we're comfortable with, but this SIV-1 Concept represents a marked improvement in the company's aesthetics – even if we're still not in love with its high-waisted look. This midsize crossover concept is poised to spawn a production model, ...

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    Read This: Why Toyota Camry's Korea Car of the Year win is a big-time upset
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    The 2013 Toyota Camry is officially the car of the year in Korea. The country's motoring press graced the Japanese sedan with the honor for the first time, officially marking a shift in prevailing Korean attitudes toward Japan and its products. According to industry analysts, buyers in the ...

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    Teased: Ssangyong SIV-1 Geneva teasers suggest brand starting to find design mojo
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    To follow Ssangyong's recent concept history from the XUV-1 shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, to the XIV-2 shown at Geneva last year to the e-XIV concept shown in Paris is to trace the evolution of the firm's design growth. The SIV-1 concept coming to this year's Geneva expo caps them ...

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    Video: Helicopter crashes on Top Gear Korea set while chasing Corvette ZR1
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    The formula of Top Gear Korea is seemingly about the same as it is everywhere else in the world, including the flagship British original: involve interesting cars in fantastical situations with charismatic hosts. That prescription has proved to be pretty reliable over the years, and has lead to ...

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    Report: Goes Both Ways: Free-trade pact sees South Korean brands losing share at home
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    France has been vocal, but not alone, in noting the rise of the South Korean automakers in Europe. The signing of a free-trade pact in 2011 between South Korea and the EU, along with the especially value-conscious buyers in a crisis-stricken Europe, has seen market share increases measuring in ...

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    Report: Hyundai working to replace car keys with smartphones
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    Hyundai is working on technology that may allow you to access your vehicle with nothing more than a swipe of your smartphone. The automaker's i30 Connectivity Concept boasts an embedded NFC tag that allows the user to open the doors with a quick swipe. Drop the phone in the center console, and ...

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