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As Sonata turns cautious, Camry flees good-but-frumpy image
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
Sales of mid-sized sedans may be off 8 percent so far this year, but redesigns from Toyota and Hyundai unveiled at the New York auto show indicate the segment has plenty ...

Spring sales thaw spawns optimism for full year
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
Sales thawed out in March and early April after the frigid winter, and auto executives at the auto show in New York City were optimistic about the rest of the year. ...

Crossovers will be vital in Hyundai's 3-year product blitz
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21
Hyundai will soon return to the strategy that won it major sales and market share gains earlier this decade: a blitz of new products. ...

Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16 | UPDATED: 4/18/14 11:50 am ET - correction
Mazda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata -- the roadster that has come to define the automaker's engineering DNA -- with an historic display at the New ...

Hyundai goes mild with 2015 Sonata makeover
10:15 am U.S. ET | April 16 | UPDATED: 4/16/14 10:52 am ET
Hyundai is tweaking the recipe that made the Sonata one of the industry's hottest mid-sized sedans in recent years with a makeover for 2015 that is more mild than spicy. ...

Kia retools Sedona with more legroom, flexible seating
6:02 pm U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/15/14 10:00 am ET - adds photo gallery
Kia is giving its retooled Sedona minivan more legroom, an interior with customizable seating arrangements and new, muscular sheet metal for 2015. ...

'Villains' campaign aims to recast Jaguar's reputation for badness
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
A Shakespeare soliloquy might seem out of place in a car ad, but Jaguar wants to make a key point -- that it is a quintessentially and unapologetically British challenger ...

Hype, hipness, price propelled the Mustang to early success
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 | UPDATED: 4/17/14 4:02 pm ET - corrects engine description
Behind the record-breaking sales and cultural shockwave created by Ford Motor Co.'s original pony car was a massive advertising campaign with a scale and message that bro ...

Kia confirms redesigned Sedona for New York show
11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10 | UPDATED: 4/10/14 4:15 pm ET - adds Kia comment
Kia today confirmed it will show a redesigned Sedona minivan next week at the New York auto show. The Sedona will ride on a new chassis and be powered by 3.3-liter direct ...

Kia plans unveiling in New York; will it be successor to Sedona?
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Kia will reveal what is expected to be the successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York auto show next week. ...

'15 Genesis is worthy of premium label
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
The original Hyundai Genesis was a noble first shot at the luxury car market, but it couldn't match the driving dynamics, interior refinement or prestige of the Audi A6, ...

John Shon
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 34

Title: Manager of product planning, Hyundai Motor America

Big break: Being assigned to head product p ...

Andre Hudson
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 37

Title: Design manager, Hyundai Design North America

Big break: Designing the exterior of the 2011 Hyu ...

Ricky Lao
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 39

Title: Senior manager of product planning, Hyundai Motor America

Big break: Joining Lexus' product planning department in 2006 ...

Prepping Hyundai for its close-up
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
As long as drivers are idling on the perennially congested Interstate 405 freeway, Hani Nassif figures, they may as well be checking out some Hyundais. Nassif is general ...

Kia preps 8-passenger MPV for New York
3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 3
Kia said it plans to reveal what should be a successor to its Sedona minivan at the New York Auto Show this month. ...

Hyundai says redesigned Sonata will shed curves, gain refinement
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
Hyundai says the next generation of its mid-sized Sonata sedan will be more refined than the model it replaces and will lose some of its distinctive curvy lines. ...

Hyundai promises more refined, upscale '15 Sonata
6:37 am U.S. ET | March 24 | UPDATED: 3/24/14 9:57 am ET -- photo gallery added
As sales of the aging Hyundai Sonata slow in the United States, Hyundai says the next generation of its bread and butter mid-sized sedan will be more refined and premium- ...

Acura gains clout, searches for cachet
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
American Honda executives hope that their move to create a cohesive r&d, sales and marketing silo for Acura will be reflected in smarter product, better marketing, and a ...

Honda's U.S. light-vehicle output hits 20 million
8:00 am U.S. ET | March 20 | UPDATED: 3/20/14 9:45 am ET
Honda hit a U.S. milestone today by producing its 20 millionth vehicle since it began making cars in Ohio more than 30 years ago, the company said. ...

Kia promotes U.S. chief Ahn Byung-mo to top-ranking global post
9:59 pm U.S. ET | March 19
Kia Motors elevated the head of its U.S. operations to one of the company's two highest-ranking executive positions globally. ...

Mazda3 a casualty of Civic-Corolla war
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
The Mazda3 has racked up accolades as the driving enthusiast's choice in the compact segment since the redesigned 2014 model went on sale last fall. But its sales numbers ...

Drifting Acura brand gets own sales, marketing unit
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
American Honda last week took a big symbolic step toward giving Acura a clearer direction by carving out a separate sales and marketing operation for the luxury brand. ...

American Honda splits marketing and sales operation by brand
2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 10 | UPDATED: 3/28/14 12:08 pm ET -- correction
American Honda has reassigned marketing boss Mike Accavitti to lead the Acura brand amid a restructuring of the automaker's North American operation that will group marke ...

How dealers can keep their ads safe from FTC's hammer
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Dealers tired of competing with unscrupulous retailers are cheering the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on deceptive dealer ads. ...

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