Ryan Beene

Washington D.C. -- Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki Reporter

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'Cash for clunkers opened up the floodgates'
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time for the U.S. auto industry. ...


Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes
5:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25
The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years, according to the company ...


Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S ...


E-Golf marks VW's flexible product path
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19
Volkswagen's e-Golf has all the makings of a "compliance car" -- a vehicle whose sole purpose is to satisfy clean-air regulations in California and other states mandating ...


Slow growth masks big swings in ad budgets
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
The placid flow of automakers' advertising dollars toward digital platforms last year masked some rather powerful currents below the surface. ...


VW to build new crossover in U.S., add 2,000 jobs
8:15 am U.S. ET | July 14 | UPDATED: 7/14/14 11:23 am ET -- adds UAW reaction
Volkswagen will assemble a new family-hauling crossover at its plant in Chattanooga and invest $900 million to expand the factory in a push to double U.S. sales of VW-bra ...


Kia confirms interest in Mexico assembly plant
3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 7
Kia has confirmed that it's considering putting its next overseas assembly plant in Mexico. ...


Hyundai's safety tech video shows what a sales pitch can't
2:16 pm U.S. ET | July 3
The biggest problem with selling consumers on the idea of active safety technologies is that unless you experience what happens when they intervene, it's hard to fully ap ...


Chrysler expands ignition-switch recall by 695,957 minivans, crossovers
8:54 pm U.S. ET | June 30
Chrysler Group has expanded a recall over ignition-switch issues, similar to those that prompted the General Motors recall crisis, by nearly 700,000 vehicles following an ...


Hyundai fields a more athletic Sonata for '15
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
After shaking up the industry with the previous Sonata's swoopy sheet metal, Hyundai engineers focused most on improving driving dynamics for the mid-sized sedan's sevent ...


High-end Hyundai buyers enjoy private lounge, dinners and more
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
The lounge inside Burns Hyundai in Marlton, N.J., offers red-carpet perks to Genesis and Equus buyers. It has been essential to winning over customers from brands such as ...


Hyundai tests smaller engine in Sonata
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
The addition of the Sonata Eco model, with its 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, marks an effort by Hyundai to broaden its appeal in the crowded mid-sized sedan segment. ...


Former supplier CEO wins U.S. House seat in Florida
2:50 pm U.S. ET | June 26
The former CEO of wheel supplier Hayes Lemmerz is headed to Congress to replace a Florida representative who resigned in January after being busted for possession of coca ...


Hyundai Sonata to have Apple, Google phone tech by year-end
10:54 am U.S. ET | June 25 | UPDATED: 6/25/14 1:48 pm ET -- adds Android Auto details
Hyundai will offer in-car smartphone operating systems from Apple and Google on the 2015 Sonata mid-sized sedan by year end -- making it the first nonluxury vehicle in th ...


Ford mpg strategy is at a crossroads
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
Ford Motor Co. ...


'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill
4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improv ...


Hyundai adds small, turbocharged engine to '15 Sonata lineup
6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 19
Hyundai will offer a small-displacement, turbocharged engine on the re-engineered 2015 Sonata to bolster the sedan’s fuel economy credentials in the crowded mid-siz ...


Chrysler vehicles investigated for ignition switch issues similar to GM's
1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 18
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two investigations covering about 1. ...


Honda cranks up music-based marketing
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
The Honda Stage initiative it announced last week will channel a "significant" chunk of the automaker's marketing dollars away from TV and into an array of music-related ...


Honda sets stage for big push into music-driven marketing
3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 11 | UPDATED: 6/11/14 4:19 pm ET -- adds background
Honda is launching a major music-focused marketing effort to attract younger buyers who increasingly consume media online and on demand. At the heart of the initiative is ...


Why the 72-month auto loan isn't causing jitters -- yet
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Lenders are boosting auto sales and commanding higher transaction prices by extending loan terms. Is the industry flirting with another 2008, or is the risk limited? ...


A big-city test for no-haggle pricing
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Roughly 300 dealers in the New York and Los Angeles areas will offer no-haggle pricing below sticker on their new-vehicle inventory this week. ...


Hyundai drops Genesis Coupe turbo
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Hyundai is dropping the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the 2015 Genesis Coupe, a spokesman said. A 3.8-liter V-6 engine will be the only powertrain availa ...


A big-city test for no-haggle pricing
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Roughly 300 dealers in the New York and Los Angeles metro areas will offer no-haggle pricing below sticker on their new-vehicle inventory this week, in a promotion organi ...


Ford, Kia tested as audiences shrink for 'Idol' and 'The Voice'
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7
Ford and Kia have been intertwined with The Voice and American Idol through elaborate sponsorship deals that include vehicles given as prizes to the top performers. ...


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