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Report: Korean ambassador stumps for more U.S. car sales in home market

Han Duk-soo, the South Korean ambassador to the United States, recently urged the Detroit Chamber of Commerce to embrace increasing automotive imports from his country. Talk about a tough sell. However, the move would be part of a deal that would open South Korea to cars built in America – a market that has been notoriously protected by tariffs and other barriers. Duk-soo said that eliminating America's 2.5 percent tariff on cars built in South Korea would allow his country to do away with

South Korea aims to become battery leader by investing additional $12.5B

As several countries vie for the top spot in the automotive rechargeable battery market, a few front-runners have emerged. Notably, China's push to lead the world in advanced battery technology has propelled the nation towards the front. The efforts here in the States

One market where Hyundai sales aren't white hot? Home.

2011 Hyundai Sonata – Click above for high-res image gallery

Pushing Back: GM expanding Chevrolet into Korea, Daewoo out

Chevrolet Camaro goes to South Korea – Click above for high-res image

Hyundai Genesis sedan gets the police package getup

This is interesting. As you cop-car fans well know, Ford recently introduced an all new Police Interceptor. After centuries decades of sticking with the body-on-frame, RWD Panther-platform Crown Victoria, Ford made the decision to go with the unit-bodied, front- or all-wheel drive Jonny Lieberman

GM design studio opens in South Korea, draws first spaceship picture

Seoul Advanced Design Studio concept – Click above for high-res image

KAIST's On Line Electric Vehicle draws energy from the road, now in use in S. Korea

In September, the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) demonstrated the technical concept for the On Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) using individual cars (which were really kind of cute – see them here). Today, the K

Visions of Grandeur: Refreshed Hyundai Azera on the horizon?

KDM Hyundai Grandeur - click for high-res gallery

REPORT: Chinese automaker SAIC accused of hybrid tech theft by SsangYong

In the beginning of the decade, before SsangYong got into really deep doo-doo, the Korean automaker began work on a hybrid control unit (HCU) with German engineering firm FEV. From 2004 to 2008, as the research continued, the South Korean government provided nearly half of the financial resources for the development of the technology. In 2005, as Ssangyong's stumbles began, Chinese automaker SAIC took a majority sta

REPORT: GM ups its ante in GM Daewoo

GM Daewoo has four shareholders: GM, Korea Development Bank, Suzuki Motor Corporation, and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. When GM Daewoo put out a rights issue, only one of the four took the bite: GM, which made it rain to the tune of $412 million and raised its stake from 50.9% to 70.1%.

Aim Higher: GM Daewoo reportedly suing TagAZ over fears they are planning to copy the Lacetti

In what looks like a serious-but-probably-the-norm case of industrial espionage, General Motors' South Korean Daewoo division is reportedly alleging that the Russian automaker TagAZ has tried to copy its Lacetti sedan. Backing up those allegations are the arrests of two TagAZ engineers – former Daewoo employees who are said to have taken computer files from one company to the other. A third former Daewoo employee, an executive, left notes proclaiming his innocence and then committed suicid

Hyundai-Kia overtakes Ford to become world's 4th largest automaker

2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery

Spy Shots: Long-wheelbase Equus prototype is one big Hyundai

The long wheelbase Hyundai Equus VL500 -- Click above for image gallery

Hyundai investing $3.3 billion in green technologies by 2013

Hyundai Avante LPI Hybrid - Click for high-res image gallery

Korean police to storm Ssangyong factory occupied by fired workers?

Earlier this year, when Ssangyong was allowed to continue as a going concern, the company had to let go of around 900 workers. Those workers (above) then effectively said "all your factory are belong to us," and staged a Jonathon Ramsey

REPORT: Pipe and firebomb-wielding strikers injure 70 at Ssangyong plant; 4,000 flee

After slipping into receivership this past January, Ssangyong Motor Company's problems have only escalated. A court-ordered restructuring of the Korean automaker earlier this year left 976 employees without work. The displaced workers organized an armed sit-in on the Korean automaker on May 21 that has now turned violent.

Leaked GM document shows automaker plans to sell China-built cars to U.S. consumers

2009 Buick Regal (Chinese-spec) – Click above for high-res image gallery

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