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    • By William Maley
      Hyundai Motor America Reports August Sales

      FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Riding the wave of hot CUV sales, Hyundai Motor America delivered its best August ever with sales up fractionally over one year ago while the company's luxury division kicked off sales of its new Genesis G80 mid-luxury sedan.
      Hyundai Division posts sales of 70,518 units
      "Strong performances by our family of CUVs led us to our best August ever," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America.  "It's a similar story to the past couple of months we see continuing as the summer draws to a close."
      Santa Fe (up 69 percent), Santa Fe Sport (up 21 percent), and Tucson (up 15 percent) led the way.
      Genesis Division posts sales of 1,497 units
      For the first time, the company is reporting sales of the new Genesis luxury brand. As such, sales of the G80 mid-luxury sedan and, shortly, the all-new G90 luxury sedan, will be reported individually. "It's exciting to see our first G80s being delivered to customers and we're very happy with the reception it's receiving," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "And I expect we'll see the first G90s getting to our dealers later this month, another milestone moment for our nascent brand."
      SALES BY BRAND
        AUG/2016
      AUG/2015
      CY/2016
      CY/2015
      HYUNDAI    
      70,518
      72,012
      519,581
      514,175
      GENESIS
      1,497
      0
      1,497
      0
      TOTAL
      72,015
      72,012
      521,078
      514,175
      MODELS
      CARLINE
      AUG/2016
      AUG/2015
      CY/2016
      CY/2015
      ACCENT      
      8,329
      4,733
      54,705
      44,985
      SONATA
      14,888
      21,818
      139,932
      141,556
      ELANTRA   
      20,733
      22,405
      137,668
      173,238
      SANTA FE
      15,176
      11,255
      86,948
      77,648
      AZERA
      398
      291
      3,356
      4,358
      TUCSON
      7,608
      6,609
      58,000
      33,151
      VELOSTER
      1,986
      2,276
      16,917
      15,537
      GENESIS
      1,317
      2,440
      20,818
      22,184
      EQUUS
      83
      185
      1,237
      1,518
      G80
      1,497
      0
      1,497
      0
    • By William Maley
      If there was one vehicle that was the talk during Monterey Car Week, it would have to be the Cadillac Escala concept. Unlike other concepts that Cadillac has shown during this time, various ideas will appear on future Cadillac models.
      "There's a lot of stuff that's being captured here. All of that won't necessarily find itself coming out in one car; it will be spread through the portfolio," said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's president to Automotive News.
      One of the key items that will be spread around is the Escala's design. Compared to Cadillac's sharp and angular design language, the design on Escala is a complete departure with curves and smooth edges. de Nysschen said production models with this look will arrive in 2019. Automotive News speculates that the next-generation CTS (soon to be renamed CT5) will be the first model to sport the look.
      The twin-turbo 4.2L V8 is another part that will be appearing in future Cadillac models. One vehicle that might get it is the current CT6 sedan. When asked, de Nysschen wouldn't give an answer, only saying the brand is considering it for future models.
      But what about the Escala itself? If we go back to our original story on Friday, we pulled a quote from the press release made by de Nysschen saying the following,
      “Escala is a concept car, but one based upon the unrelenting rise of our product substance. Depending on the development of market segment for large luxury sedans, Escala is a potential addition to our existing product plan.”
      Would it take the place of the long-rumored CT8 or sit beside it? No one is quite sure. But de Nysschen did reveal one important detail about the CT8 project. The model is on hold, not canceled as some reports have said earlier in the year. The reason comes down consumers going toward crossovers and SUVs at a quick rate.
      "These are precisely the things that we are just saying: "Let's step back a moment and see whether it's just an energy/price thing, or is it a more sustained shake-up?'"
      de Nysschen said the brand is looking at various options at the moment such as merging the CT6 and CT8 into one vehicle like the Escala, using a new crossover as the flagship, or doing some combination of the two.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      If there was one vehicle that was the talk during Monterey Car Week, it would have to be the Cadillac Escala concept. Unlike other concepts that Cadillac has shown during this time, various ideas will appear on future Cadillac models.
      "There's a lot of stuff that's being captured here. All of that won't necessarily find itself coming out in one car; it will be spread through the portfolio," said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's president to Automotive News.
      One of the key items that will be spread around is the Escala's design. Compared to Cadillac's sharp and angular design language, the design on Escala is a complete departure with curves and smooth edges. de Nysschen said production models with this look will arrive in 2019. Automotive News speculates that the next-generation CTS (soon to be renamed CT5) will be the first model to sport the look.
      The twin-turbo 4.2L V8 is another part that will be appearing in future Cadillac models. One vehicle that might get it is the current CT6 sedan. When asked, de Nysschen wouldn't give an answer, only saying the brand is considering it for future models.
      But what about the Escala itself? If we go back to our original story on Friday, we pulled a quote from the press release made by de Nysschen saying the following,
      “Escala is a concept car, but one based upon the unrelenting rise of our product substance. Depending on the development of market segment for large luxury sedans, Escala is a potential addition to our existing product plan.”
      Would it take the place of the long-rumored CT8 or sit beside it? No one is quite sure. But de Nysschen did reveal one important detail about the CT8 project. The model is on hold, not canceled as some reports have said earlier in the year. The reason comes down consumers going toward crossovers and SUVs at a quick rate.
      "These are precisely the things that we are just saying: "Let's step back a moment and see whether it's just an energy/price thing, or is it a more sustained shake-up?'"
      de Nysschen said the brand is looking at various options at the moment such as merging the CT6 and CT8 into one vehicle like the Escala, using a new crossover as the flagship, or doing some combination of the two.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been a source of wonder - will they put into production or not? For the longest time, Hyundai's U.S. office say they wanted to do it, but it was the home office that had to make the final call. It seems we have a final decision.
       
      “We have made the decision. We have not made the announcement,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America to Motor Trend.
       
      That decision is a yes.
       
      Zuchowski said they are busy at work on a production version. The Santa Cruz's design went in for a review earlier this month and they are close to finalizing it. The production model is expected to use the same platform as the Tucson and could use either a gas or diesel engine. Hyundai is working on a new four-cylinder diesel for the Genesis brand in Europe. Zuchowski said the diesel is possible for both the Santa Cruze and Santa Fe.
       
      But can Hyundai succeed with a car-based pickup? Subaru failed with the Baja from mid-2000s, while Honda is giving it another try with the second-generation Ridgeline. Zuchowski believes they can if they execute it and price it right.
       
      Motor Trend says to expect the Santa Cruz in 2018 as a 2019 model.
       
      Source: Motor Trend


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    • By William Maley
      The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been a source of wonder - will they put into production or not? For the longest time, Hyundai's U.S. office say they wanted to do it, but it was the home office that had to make the final call. It seems we have a final decision.
       
      “We have made the decision. We have not made the announcement,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America to Motor Trend.
       
      That decision is a yes.
       
      Zuchowski said they are busy at work on a production version. The Santa Cruz's design went in for a review earlier this month and they are close to finalizing it. The production model is expected to use the same platform as the Tucson and could use either a gas or diesel engine. Hyundai is working on a new four-cylinder diesel for the Genesis brand in Europe. Zuchowski said the diesel is possible for both the Santa Cruze and Santa Fe.
       
      But can Hyundai succeed with a car-based pickup? Subaru failed with the Baja from mid-2000s, while Honda is giving it another try with the second-generation Ridgeline. Zuchowski believes they can if they execute it and price it right.
       
      Motor Trend says to expect the Santa Cruz in 2018 as a 2019 model.
       
      Source: Motor Trend
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