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2022 Hyundai Tucson

Redesigned Hyundai Tucson Breaks Cover

The all-new Hyundai Tucson is bigger, bolder and more upscale than the outgoing model, which is the carmaker’s top-selling global model.

Hyundai took the wraps off the redesigned compact crossover during an online presentation Monday night. Sales begin this month in South Korea, with the U.S. and other markets due to follow in the first half of 2021.

What a Concept

Based on last year’s Vision T Concept, the new Tucson builds on Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language and the angular parametric (i.e., geometric) shapes introduced earlier this year on the Elantra small car.

Highlights include short front and rear overhangs, bulging fenders and a flowing character line. The headlights and daytime running lamps are integrated into the ...READ MORE

Mahle, Inc.
U.S. Dealer Inventories at 9-Year Low

If you’re ready to buy a new car, prepare for fewer choices than usual.

U.S. dealers have a mere 2.26 million vehicles on hand this month, down 28% from the same time last year, says market research firm Cox Automotive. That’s the lowest inventory since 2011, according to Automotive News.

The decline works out to an average 56 day’s supply of vehicles, down from 58 days in August and 62 in July. Supplies were at 74 days in August 2019.

Brands currently in the shortest supply are Land Rover (19 days), Lexus (29) and BMW (32), Cox reports. Brand with the largest inventories are Buick (110 days), Mitsubishi (109) and Fiat (105). By vehicle type, midsize pickups are in the tightest supply (38 days).

Leftovers

An unusual 97% of the vehicles sitting on dealer lots ...READ MORE

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Daimler Will Pay $1.5 Billion for Diesel Emission Cheating in U.S.

Daimler has agreed to pay about $1.5 billion to settle U.S. charges that it used illegal software and other defeat devices to cheat on diesel emission tests.

The proposed agreement, which awaits the approval of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, covers 250,000 imported Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and Sprinter vans.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the engines were rigged between 2009 and 2016 to operate cleanly during emission testing but allow significantly higher emission of nitrogen oxides under real-world driving conditions.

NOx contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone, which can aggravate such conditions of asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

Fines and Repairs

In the U.S., Daimler will pay a civil fine of $875 million ($131 million ...READ MORE

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California Distributor Inks 2nd Deal with China’s Chery Auto

HAAH Motors, which earlier this year had to scrub plans to build and sell vehicles for China’s Zotye Automobile in the U.S., now has two agreements to do so with another Chinese carmaker: Chery Automobile.

In February, HAAH announced that it will sell “near-luxury” models built on Chery’s Exeed platform under its new Vantas nameplate. The second brand, called T-Go, will be based on Chery’s mass-market Tiggo lineup of vehicles.

The ambitious plan calls for launching the American models within two years. HAAH plans to sell the cars at a 15 discount under competitors in their respective segments, using a no-haggle pricing strategy.

First to Market?

If successful, the vehicles could be the first based on a design from a domestic Chinese carmaker ...READ MORE

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Brexit Fumble Could Cost Carmakers $130 Billion

Carmakers say a “no-deal” British exit from the European Union will cost the two sides €110 billion (more than $130 billion) over five years.

The industry is urging some sort of trade deal that would avoid high tariffs on cars and parts shipped between the two markets.

With only 15 weeks left in which to finalize a deal, two dozen European auto associations are warning of a “devastating hit” to economies on both sides of the English Channel.

Why It Matters

Britain voted four years ago to quit the EU. The kingdom has debated ever since about how to exit without giving up the free-trade benefit of EU membership. The much-delayed departure is set for the end of this year.

Resolving the trade issue is critical, since 80% of the cars made in the U.K. are ...READ MORE

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