The last few years have been very good to Hyundai, with increased sales and a spike in brand perception in North America, but in South Korea the situation has been a bit different. Hyundai chairman Chung Mong Koo has been knee deep in controversy surrounding his 2008 conviction for embezzlement and breach of duty. The controversy surrounding the conviction got even more intense after Chung's three-year sentence was waived and South Korean President Lee Myung Bak pardoned the chairman citing the
In South Korea, economics trumps justice. Chung Mong-koo, the head of Hyundai who recently received a suspended sentence for embezzling and bribes has -- along with 341,000 other businessmen, bureaucrats, and politicians -- been given a full pardon.
We just talked about the fact that Kia and Hyundai were scaling back sales projections for 2006, now we are learning that production will be adjusted as well. After a series of high-level scandals and ensuing postponements, Kia Motors Corp. finally broke ground on its Georgia facility today. And at the company's official groundbreaking ceremony today, it announced some changes. Most important was the announcement about where the new vehicles produced at this plant will be headed.
The South Korean government has decided not to pursue an indictment against Chung Eui Sun, president of Kia Motors. The move not to prosecute apparently stemmed from the fact that his father, Chung Mong Koo (Hyundai Motor chairman) was the one with final authority, and he is being indicted in the bribery scandal.