Profiles in Badge Engineering Courage: Daewoo Launches G2X

The Saturn Sky roadster is apparently GM's two-seater for the global market (sorry, Solstice). A version has already found its way into the Opel lineup as the Opel GT. Now, GM's Korean connection Daewoo's getting its own Sky. Make that the G2X. First shown at the Seoul motor show earlier this year, the G2X will get the … » 8/24/07 7:49am 8/24/07 7:49am

Another Side to the C'eed: Kia Reveals Back of Hatch

It may just look like the rear section of a run-of-the-mill European hatchback to you, but to Kia it's yet another facet of its new C'eed three-door, the company's most important model in the grab-a-piece-of Europe sweepstakes. Earlier this month we saw the front, of ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer's continental… » 8/06/07 4:25pm 8/06/07 4:25pm

Jalopnik Reviews: Kia Rondo Korean BBQ Tour, Part 1


One of the more inane ways to review an automobile is to lambaste the machine for something it was never designed to be. Carping about how a Lancer Evolution rides harshly, or has a budget interior is an example of this phenomenon. Tom McCahill wouldn't pull such shenanigans, and neither will we. With that bit of… » 6/20/07 2:00pm 6/20/07 2:00pm

Hyundai Shows Dealers How To Sell RWD Vehicles

It used to be so easy being a Hyundai dealer — they've never had to sell a vehicle with anything but front-wheel or all-wheel drive. So we're glad to see the Korean company's helping their sales staff understand the differences between the various drivetrains as they ready the Genesis — their first V8-powered… » 5/07/07 11:45am 5/07/07 11:45am

Seoul Motor Show: The GM Daewoo L4X

The amortizing of GM's Holden-built rear-drive Zeta platform continues on the Korean Peninsula. It's a rear-drive show car dubbed the L4X, intro'd at the Seoul auto show this week, amid well-dressed salarymen and the prom queens who sweat them. The pre-production model, whose design is based on several Holden models… » 4/06/07 5:42pm 4/06/07 5:42pm

Hyundai Going Luxe? Carmaker "Not Ruling Out" Upper-Class Brand

If the sign of an automaker's maturity is the launch of an upscale brand, Hyundai may be preparing for its Bar Mitzvah. According to the Road not without bend, Hyundai hasn't ruled out creating a Lexusian marque under which to sell a line of upmarket autos. That word came from a Hyundai rep at a Veracruz test drive… » 3/30/07 1:49pm 3/30/07 1:49pm

GM-Daewoo Limits Self To Only 30 Booth Babes At 2007 Seoul Motor Show

Some automakers are users and abusers of the "booth babes," including them in displays in order to create a visceral reaction from the high horsepower cars and attractive women perched atop them. The automakers that employ them are all over using them because they want the auto writing media folks to do two things —… » 3/23/07 1:40pm 3/23/07 1:40pm

Korea To Get Engrish-Version "Corvetts?"

We're assuming this is some kind of odd translation error or perhaps the short distance between the "s" and the "e" keys, and doesn't actually signal a change in naming convention for the Korean market. Or, maybe it's just a Freudian slip of some sort about this? Yeah, we didn't really think so either. On the other hand,… » 2/22/07 8:22am 2/22/07 8:22am

Daewoo LeMans Commercial, Plus Holy Crap! Airwolf!

We knew this Daewoo-built vehicle wasn't only sold in the US to desecrate the name of Le Mans; it was also sold as the Opel Kadett (a name virtually impossible to malign), as well as under the Vauxhall banner. What we didn't know is that the Koreans also sold it under their own badge as the LeMans. But they did…

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As If You Hadn't Seen It: Hyundai Reveals Veracruz Crossover

Hyundai's released more shots of its Veracruz LUV (for those playing along at home, that's a CUV with leather seats). All pwning aside, the Veracruz looks like a contender in the luxury realm, with headlight washers, LED taillights, and park-assist system. Watchers expect Hyundai's 3.8-liter V6 to be offered along with … » 10/16/06 9:32am 10/16/06 9:32am