Porsche sits at the top of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey for the third consecutive year. However, the big improvement comes from the Korean brands, especially Kia. The average number of reported problems is also down compared to 2014.
Former Bentley Design Director Luc Donckerwolke might be moving to work for Hyundai and Kia. After Peter Schreyer's retirement in a couple of years, Donckerwolke could start leading the styling for both Korean brands.
Hyundai and Kia are looking to cut costs after four straight financial quarters of falling operating profits worldwide. The sibling automakers aren't saying officially how much they want to slash yet, but the amount could be significant.
Hyundai is reportedly mulling adding a luxury crossover to its lineup with a platform sourced from the Genesis. However, the project doesn't have a green light yet because of some concerns of the model's potential for success.
Hyundai is the first automaker to launch the Android Auto operating system on a production vehicle. The software is available on the 2015 Sonata and mirrors a smartphone's interface on the sedan's infotainment screen.
Hyundai Motor America's CEO thinks that the Santa Cruz pickup is months away from getting a green light for production from company headquarters in South Korea. A compact crossover might also be nearing production.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets a new Value Edition trim that bundles together creature comforts like heated seats and a sunroof. There are other small tweaks in the lineup too, keeping things fresh ahead of the upcoming, next-generation model.