AUTOWEEK: Hyundai-Kia Future

copyrighted by AUTOWEEK 2005
Hyundai, Kia seek bigger U.S. share S. Korean brands work on identities, branching out Mark Rechtin - Autoweek Saturday, August 27, 2005
With ambitious U.S. sales goals set for the end of the decade, South Korea's automakers, Kia Motor Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co., are spending heavily on new products.
Expect Hyundai and Kia to make dramatic improvements in existing models when they are redesigned. In America, the two brands are looking at new segments, such as small minivans, luxury sedans and pickups.
Hyundai aims to sell 1 million vehicles annually in the United States in 2010, while Kia has a 500,000-unit target. Last year, Hyundai sold 418,615 vehicles here; Kia sold 270,055 units.
Already, the Hyundai-Kia union has sparked new engine families and shared platforms and components. Now, Hyundai Motor is working to create distinct identities for the two brands. Here are Hyundai and Kia vehicle plans through the 2009 model year.
Hyundai

models are planned: a three-door hatchback and a four-door sedan. The more powerful 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine features variable-valve timing and delivers 110 hp. Standard features will include six air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and CD stereo with XM satellite radio.> Elantra: The oldest of Hyundai's products will be redesigned in the fall of 2006. The 2007 Elantra will grow to be among the largest models in the economy-car segment. A larger four-cylinder engine also is planned.> Tiburon: The Tiburon will be redesigned for the 2008 model year. A convertible version will be offered.> Sonata: The redesigned 2006 Sonata debuted a few months ago.> Sonata coupe and convertible: Hyundai will take on the Toyota Camry Solara and Chrysler Sebring with a Sonata coupe and convertible, expected to arrive in spring 2008.> Azera: The front-wheel-drive 2006 Hyundai Azera sedan arrives in December, replacing the XG350. The Azera is 192.7 inches long and 72.8 inches wide, making it a little larger than the Toyota Camry.> Luxury sedan: Hyundai wants to build the equivalent of a BMW 5 series but price it in the $33,000 range. It will launch the rear-drive sedan in the United States during the 2008 model year. The car will be the test case for launching a separate luxury brand. The car will be powered by a 3.8-liter longitudinally mounted V-6.> Large sport wagon: Hyundai plans to introduce a large sport wagon for the 2008 model year, but there is some debate on the vehicle's design.> Entourage: Hyundai's first minivan reaches dealers in the spring of 2006. The 2007 Entourage will be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, likely to have about 265 hp, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The minivan will have six standard air bags, including side-curtain air bags for all three rows of passengers. The third row of seats will fold flat into the floor.> Tucson: The compact sport wagon arrived as a 2005 model. No big changes are planned in the next few years.> Santa Fe: The redesigned 2007 Santa Fe is bigger than the previous model and features three rows of seats. Two engines will be available: 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter V-6s.> Pickup: Hyundai will follow the Kia timetable, meaning it will arrive for the 2009 or 2010 model year.
Kia

hatchback are planned. The new Rio has a longer wheelbase and more horsepower than the current model.> Spectra: The Spectra was redesigned for the 2004 model year; no major changes are foreseen.> Optima: The redesigned Optima arrives in March. It may not get the Sonata's big V-6 in the first year or so of the new cycle. The base engine will be a 2.0-liter inline-four.> Amanti: The Amanti arrived in early 2003, so no major changes are planned in the next several years.> Coupe and convertible: Here's the recipe: Take the Kia Slice concept car, and turn it into a coupe and convertible. Kia will create the models on the Hyundai Tiburon platform for the 2008 or 2009 model year.> Carens: Kia's next-generation Carens small minivan will take on the Mazda5. It will be developed on the same vehicle platform as the Kia Sportage and Spectra and Hyundai Elantra. Expect a similar choice of 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder and 2.7-liter V-6 engines. The vehicle will arrive here for the 2008 model year.> Sedona: The redesigned Sedona minivan arrives in January in short- and long-wheelbase versions. The short-wheelbase models will offer a choice of a 3.3-liter or 3.8-liter V-6, while the long-wheelbase version likely will offer the 3.8-liter V-6.> Sportage: It was redesigned this spring; no major changes are planned.> Sorento: Launched in fall 2002, the compact SUV is probably due for a redesign in the 2008 model year.> Large SUV: Kia's large 2009 SUV will closely resemble the Mesa concept, a body-on-frame vehicle that is nearly as long as the Ford Expedition. It will offer three rows of seats; the engine bay will be large enough to handle a V-8.> Pickup: If Hyundai moves ahead with plans to develop a pickup, Kia will get one, too. The pickups could arrive in the 2009 or 2010 model year.
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