Hyundai and bringing new cars to the Americas on Driving the Nation

Dong-Jin Kim, Ph.D., Vice Chairman & CEO of Hyundai, talks about Hyundai and bringing new cars to the Americas.

Currently, the Sonata and Santa Fe are built in the Hyundai Alabama plant. Kim says there is “a possibility” that a midsize, SUV or minivan could be built in the Alabama plant. He ruled out a truck or the Genesis, the luxury car coming to America.

Kim addressed the issue that Hyundai has flex-fuels in Brazil and when they would bring them to America. He also talked about bringing hybrids to the Korean and American market.

Hyundai produces vehicles in India and sells them there. They also export from India to Mexico, under an agreement with Chrysler, and badge them as Dodges. This agreement is up for renewal in August 2007. Will Hyundai renew the agreement, or will they import Indian cars to Mexico themselves?

Will Hyundai import cars made in India to the United States?

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and the Concept Car of the Year, and former member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year #NACTOY. She is a guest contributor for Via Corsa magazine and Vicarious magazine.

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