Report: Volkswagen CEO paranoid about Hyundai/Kia

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Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is paranoid of Hyundai and Kia, and rightfully so. The two South Korean automakers are poised to finish 2010 with a 4% gain in European sales, while VW Group’s volume is likely to drop by the same amount.

Hyundai and Kia also expect to see that figure rise another 10% this year, on the backs of 12 new or updated models, as well as rising demand in the emerging Chinese market as well as others.

Winterkorn, who is on a mission to make VW the world’s leading auto manufacturer, has indicated in the past his view of Hyundai-Kia as a dangerous competitor, in light if its increasing value and quality.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Automotive News