Originally published on AutoNationDrive.com by Chris Chin, reedited for updates for 2015 republishing on egmCarTech.
For every action, there is a reaction. When Hyundai first introduced themselves into the US market in 1986, they were an immediate hit that only lasted as long as a teen’s awkward first date. Initially, Hyundai Motor America set the record for selling the most automobiles during its first year of business in the United States when compared to any other car brand, selling a grand total of 168,882 cars. Its first model, the Hyundai Excel, was even nominated by Fortune Magazine as “Best Product #10″ back in the day and was praised for its affordability.
But that sentiment of affordability was not met without its consequences from cost-cutting. As a result, Hyundai also immediately developed a reputation for reliability comparable to that of a Jaguar at the time and quality that was as questionable as China’s automobiles are today. It even became the butt of many jokes with people rehearsing, “hope you understand nothing’s driveable and inexpensive.”
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And as terrible of a blow that might have been, it forced Hyundai back to work as the brand retreated to the drawing board to fulfill the inherent mission of rebounding from failure for the sake of success–and what a rebound it was. Almost 30 years later, Hyundai has evolved faster than anyone predicted, becoming one of the most reliable and dependable automakers the world has ever seen with quality that rivals and even surpasses that from Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Corp.
Not to mention, Hyundai was ranked repeatedly as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies from CNN.And the fact that everything they’ve produced in the meantime has improved nearly two-fold at the turn of every generation speaks for itself in volume. A Hyundai of some sort can be spotted as frequently as many of its direct competitors.
If you haven’t been following, Volkswagen’s been in need of some new leadership and management after an interesting debacle in the executive branch of the Wolfsburg giant led to the forced resignation of Mr. Volkswagen himself, Ferdinand Piech.
Piech and his wife were forced to step down from their positions after he failed an attempt to push out current CEO, Martin Winterkorn.
Speaking of which, according to Winterkorn, who spoke with Reuters in an article published by AutomotiveNews, VAG is in the process of finding a new chairman.
This is by no means an easy feet, since the Germans hold their ownership stakes and rights to certain properties dearly. That said, there are a lot of shareholders who have a say in what goes on with the company, including shareholders within the Porsche and Piech families, as well as government representatives from Lower Saxony and Qatar.
Cadillac’s pretty serious about taking down their German rivals. The ATS-V is a thorough example of this, as an attempt to dethrone the venerable BMW M3/M4.
However, if you are familiar with BMW, you’d know that it’s not just the sedan and coupe that exist in the world of the M3 as there are plenty of more hardcore editions such as the E46 M3 CSL and the E92 M3 GTS.
Taking that into consideration, word is Cadillac might be interested in following suit with the ATS-V by making a more hardcore variant to the already preexisting version.
“We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive,” said chief engineer, Dave Leone, to CARandDRIVER in a recent interview.
Not much else is known, but the market is rich for such variants, as shown by the existence of the Mercedes-AMG Black Series, and the newly-established Jaguar SVO division and their new R models.
When the 2015 New York Auto Show happened, McLaren revealed the all-new 570S, which was being touted as McLaren’s latest entry-level, or the easiest model to access out of the entire lineup.
That is, until the 540C showed up at Auto Shanghai 2015 last month.
The 540C is actually the entry-level McLaren that the 570S was initially intended to be, priced at just 126,000 GBP in the UK. The 540C, unlike the Asia-only 625C, will be sold all over the world and the order books were made available when the car was revealed, with deliveries scheduled to happen in 2016.
But if you were hoping McLaren to step down further into more accessible markets, or even crossing your fingers for a McLaren entry-car similar to the late, Aston Martin Cygnet, your hopes would be cut short, according to TheTruthAboutCars.
Remember Fisker Automotive? The ill-fated start-up of luxury plug-in hybrid automobiles, beginning with the 2012 Fisker Karma?
Well, they might just be making a comeback as the automaker officially announced to be establishing a new customer support program for all current owners of the Fisker.
As a part of the new roll-out with the 15 authorized providers in the United States and Canada, Fisker’s new program grants owners up to $2,000 worth of parts and labor, free of charge. Original owners are also entitles to an additional $2,000 in parts and $1,000 for labor, which is a solid piece of mind, given the Karma’s known high-fire risk.
The program should remain active until January of 2016 or until the funds are depleted.
No word on what Fisker has planned for the future, but all we know is the automaker is still in the midst of being restructured after being bought by Chinese auto-parts giant, Wanxiang Group last year.
Check out the press release after the jump.
General Motors has been around for over a century–since 1908 to be exact–so it should be no surprise that since their establishment, they’ve made a butt-load of cars: 500 million to be exact. That’s more than the population of the United States, Canada, and Mexico combined.
Being no small feat, the General celebrated by declining to identify the one and only 500 millionth vehicle. But they did hold a ceremony to award Iraqi war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Trent Brining, with a brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Brining is one of five customers notified to be receiving one of the first 2016 Malibus.
Check out other fun facts that the General shared about themselves in lieu of this big moment, after the jump.
Lamborghini’s been rumored to want to jump on the crossover bandwagon as exhibited by the Urus crossover concept from several years ago.
However, this was not really necessary given the market for this specific type of crossover just didn’t exist and Lamborghini already had the resourceful backing of Volkswagen AG and Audi.
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But given the fact that crossovers have grown in popularity exponentially, even in the luxury and supercar segment, Lamborghini just might be forced to produce the Urus. And that’s literally what’s happening, according to Bloomberg, who reports Italy’s own government is trying to push Lambo into producing the Urus by offering the automaker major incentives.
Those type of incentives weren’t exactly disclosed but some were said to involve major tax breaks. Italy seeks to ensure the car gets built on Italian soil to provide jobs for hard-working Italians, instead of outsourcing the assembly and manufacturing to one of VW AG’s other plants around the world.
Source: Bloomberg via AutomotiveNews
It seems like Maserati’s highly-anticipated Levante crossover was lost and forgotten, but really, it’s just been a while since we last heard about it. That’s because it’s in the midst of being developed and researched, at least, until it gets revealed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next year.
According to Autovisie, that’s when the Levante will be unveiled after being previewed by the Kubang Concept from a couple years back.
Destined to complete directly against the Porsche Cayenne and thus, competitors like the BMW X5, the Levante is expected to utilize the same selection V6 engines lifted from the Quattroporte and Ghibli. For the Levante, they should put out around 350hp and 425hp while a V8 should be available with 560hp.
Some diesels should be offered, but we won’t expect those to come stateside, with the exception of one or two version, given we do get a Cayenne diesel here.
The Sunday Express reports that the BBC is already seeking to build a new team to host its lost, but not forgotten, motoring series, Top Gear, which was axed, as you may recall after lead host Jeremy Clarkson got into a physical altercation with a producer.
Along with him, went co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.
So, who will be replacing them? According to the report, apparently “Life on Mars” actor Philip Glenister, TV presenter Guy Martin, and “Classic Car Show” presenter, Jodie Kidd.
Other rumors point out that former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman was overheard mentioning these three individuals in a conversation at a press event not too long ago.
If you already forgot, America’s Golden Bow-Tie revealed its all-new, next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
And now, Chevrolet just announced that prospective buyers will need to save up $26,495 for the price of entry into the second-generation Volt world. That is, after the $7,500 federal tax credit. That means the Volt actually costs $33,995 at MSRP. That’s almost $1,200 cheaper than the outgoing model, which addresses some concerns with how much the first-gen Volt cost.
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Weighing about 100lbs lighter as well, the Volt comes with a range-extending 1.5L four-banger with 101hp in tandem with a 149hp electric motor and a 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
That allows it to travel up to 50 miles on a full charge while overall range is pegged at 420 miles.
Check out the press release after the jump for full info.