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10 December 2010

I am sure this will be a thoroughly competent vehicle with good all round abilities but I get the feeling it just isn't going to excite being bench marked on the Passat and Avensis. That said it is a solid winning formula which should generate solid sales for them.


 

 

It's all about the twisties........

10 December 2010

I predicted that the Koreans were going to elevate quality and become a force to be reckoned with, taking on VW, Ford etc head on in these pages. Many laughed. Now it seems that my prediction was correct. Now that they appear to have got the design and quality right, how about some excitement to go with it Hyundai and Kia?

10 December 2010

[quote weenedonpetrol]I predicted that the Koreans were going to elevate quality and become a force to be reckoned with, taking on VW, Ford etc head on in these pages. Many laughed.[/quote]

if you did I remember neither the prediction nor anyone laughing. Unless you have been living under a rock for ten years, you will know that Korea and China have been getting their act together and will eventually subsume the global motor industry, same as they're doing in every other sector. They have everything on their side, such as a cheap labour force of unparalleled size (which incidentally includes few safeguards for workers and near zero understanding by employees of their rights, making it more a slave labour force), comparatively few safety control mechanisms, money to buy the top Western engineers and designers, and so on and so forth.

10 December 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts] making it more a slave labour force[/quote]

And even thats changing, I don't see anyone wearing shackles in Zilina

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_GpM48-NR4[/youtube]

10 December 2010

This could go down a treat with fleets. The 113bhp diesel will be up against a bluemotion Passat, but is more powerful than the 1.6 TDI, likely to be cheaper and better equiped, plus it has a 5 year warranty. I just wish they would change the design of the badge, it's not that I have a problem with it being a Hyundai, I simply don't like the design of the H badge.

12 December 2010

[quote The Apprentice]

[quote ThwartedEfforts] making it more a slave labour force[/quote]

And even thats changing, I don't see anyone wearing shackles in Zilina

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apologies, I should have been clearer: I didn't mean to group South Korea with the PRC in a rant about slave labour, the former being a constitutional democracy and the latter being, well, not. The Chinese manufs. were the targets of my accusation, not Hyundai or Kia.

12 December 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]Korea and China have been getting their act together and will eventually subsume the global motor industry, same as they're doing in every other sector. They have everything on their side, such as a cheap labour force[/quote] In the UK most car parts factories employ large numbers of Poles, Slovaks and Baltic states employees in the lowest paid jobs on shift work. They tend to live in groups in rented housing, that being the only way to make a living on wages of under £15k viable in the UK and save or send money home. Many are well educated but as in their countries a doctor earns about £600 a month they earn enough here to save to build a house back home. Korea already dominates the worlds shipbuilding industry but is being overtaken by China. Whereas it is mainly cheaper lower tech goods they design now China already makes parts for Boeing and Airbus plus its own design of regional jet. We can look forward to being inundated with Chinese tourists in the next twenty years as they come to see or quaint country that used to actually make things.

12 December 2010

Kia/Hyundai are automotive magnolia.

Made for people without a pulse. It will sell by the thousand I am sure.

12 December 2010

[quote jonfortwo]

Kia/Hyundai are automotive magnolia.

Made for people without a pulse. It will sell by the thousand I am sure.

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yes jon, that's correct, only dead people buy Kia/Hyundai. Seriously though, even if that was actually the case, we are considering the likelihood of it not being the case for much longer.

In addition, because the notion of a particular car or badge having 'character' or 'soul' is unverifiable romanticised guff, once Lucky Fellow Nice Motor Co. Ltd. poach the design team responsible for whichever Alfa Romeo it is you're currently lusting after, you and the other 29 Alfa buyers worldwide will suddenly appreciate that heritage and pedigree go right out the window when the car looks identical, goes the same but is cheaper and comes with a seven year warranty.

That assumes of course that the window in an Italian car is actually working - and there's another stereotype that's no longer true. See?

13 December 2010

jonfortwo wrote the following post at Dec 12, 2010 3:50 PM:

Kia/Hyundai are automotive magnolia.

Made for people without a pulse. It will sell by the thousand I am sure.


You could say the same about Toyota and Nissan both have been very boring and dull for a long time and even Mazda and Mitsubishi were the same . Kia and Hyandai at the stage they are at are a lot more stylish than any off the Japs cars when they were at this stage and the Kia Pro-C,eed is and very classy and stylish 3door coupe . I think Kia have a more diverse range than Hyandai . The Soul is different and funky , The Venga is stylish and very good the Cee,d is very good tooand then there is the Sportage which is very very good and very nice indeed and the Soronto is the same and they all have 7year warrenty,s

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