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Hyundai Motor ready to make splash in global eco-friendly car market

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co. is gearing up to seize a chunk of the steadily growing eco-friendly vehicle market that by 2020 is expected to have grown a stellar 360 percent. The carmaker, the flagship of the world's fifth-largest automotive conglomerate Hyundai Motor Group, on Thursday detailed to the media its plans for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) at a showing for a version of the Tucson that the company says is the only mass-produced FCEV in the world to date.

Hyundai, Kia unveil Sonata turbo, Sedona minivan at New York auto show

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. unveiled the Sonata turbo and Sedona minivan at the New York International Auto Show, the companies said Thursday. The two largest South Korean automakers and flagships of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive conglomerate, said the global debut of the cars took place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York on Wednesday (local time).

Hyundai Motor kicks off grassland development project in China

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's No. 1 carmaker, said Wednesday that it will kick off a massive grassland development project in China as part of its effort to preserve the environment and reduce the frequency of sand storms that periodically blow into South Korea. The company, which sold 440,150 vehicles in China in the first quarter of this year, said the "Hyundai Green Zone" calls for the creation of pastures in an area covering 40 million square meters. The project also envisages hiring people in the region to help the local economy.

Chances for Jeonbuk, Ulsan to advance drop after AFC losses

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan Hyundai, two of the South Korean clubs in action at the AFC Champions League, both suffered defeats in their group stage matches on Tuesday, lowering their chances of advancing to the knockout stage. Jeonbuk blew an early lead and fell to Yokohama Marinos 2-1 on the road in Japan in their Group G contest, as Manabu Saito scored both of Yokohama's goals. Jeonbuk would have moved up to first place with a win.

Football: Stunning Victory put Guangzhou bid in doubt

Melbourne Victory stunned Guangzhou Evergrande 2-0 Tuesday to halt the title-holders' progress to the AFC Champions League knock-out rounds and leave all four teams in their group level on points with one game left. Marcello Lippi's attractive side had swamped Victory 4-2 in their earlier meeting, but goals in the opening and closing minutes ensured a shock win in Melbourne and blew Group G wide open.

Hyundai Motor Group car sales in China jump 14 pct in March

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automotive conglomerate, said Tuesday its sales in China jumped 14 percent on-year in March, fueled by strong demand for its popular models. The conglomerate said combined sales of cars made by its flagships Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. in the neighboring country stood at 147,510 units last month, up from 129,355 a year earlier.

Top firms hire more contract than regular workers: reports

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The number of contract workers hired at South Korea's top 20 companies increased sharply while that of regular employees remained largely unchanged, an analysis of annual business reports showed Tuesday. According to the corporate reports released at general shareholders meetings last month, the largest companies had 12,585 contract workers as of late 2013, up 15.2 percent from 10,924 tallied a year earlier.

Foreign starters account for more than half of victories for KBO clubs

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- With the nine clubs in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) having played seven to 10 games through Wednesday, foreign pitchers have accounted for more than half of all victories by starters. Starting pitchers for the nine clubs have won 26 games through Wednesday, and 15 of them were by foreign hurlers. This year, there are 19 pitchers from overseas in the KBO: two apiece for eight clubs and three for the expansion NC Dinos, which are allowed to carry one more foreign player than the rest of the league for this season.

Hyundai HB20S subcompact wins 2014 'Best Car' award in Brazil

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest carmaker, said Thursday that its HB20S subcompact won the "2014 Best Car" award in Brazil in the face of stiff competition from rivals. The carmaker said the vehicle, which is based on the platform of the Accent, was ranked first in a poll carried out by Carro, one of the most influential magazines in the South American country.

Hyundai, Kia overseas production hits record high in Q1

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- Overseas production by Hyundai Motor Co. and its sister brand Kia Motors Corp. in the first quarter hit a record 1,093,881 units, corporate data showed Tuesday. The total represents a 6.1 percent increase from 1,031,316 vehicles in the same cited period last year and the highest reached in a three-month period, figures provided by the two automakers showed. Foreign production of Hyundai cars rose 4 percent on-year to 754,222 units, while numbers for Kia shot up 10.9 percent to 339,659 vehicles.
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