Wed, Jun. 22, 6:25 PM
- Kia Motors (OTC:KIMTF) topped J.D. Power's annual U.S. survey of vehicle quality, the first time in 27 years that a non-luxury brand scored the top ranking.
- Kia ranked first among 33 car brands in the study, moving up from second place a year ago. Porsche, the sports luxury brand owned by Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAF, OTCPK:VLKAY), came in second after finishing first last year.
- U.S. brands scored better marks collectively than their foreign counterparts for only the second time in the study's 30-year history; brands at GM, Ford (NYSE:F) and Fiat Chrysler's (NYSE:FCAU) U.S. arm improved quality scores 10% from 2015, double the improvement rate of foreign brands.
- The survey also showed that for the first time in a decade, owners of vehicles from non-premium brands reported fewer problems than those who own the more expensive cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.
Tue, Jun. 21, 8:04 AM
- According to Hyundai Motor (OTC:HYMLF), General Electric (NYSE:GE) is looking to sell its 20% in their joint venture Hyundai Capital to a third party.
- In December, Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors (OTC:KIMTF) agreed to buy a 23.3% holding in Hyundai Capital from GE for 703B won ($610M), saying it could buy the company's remaining 20% stake in the future.
Dec. 22, 2015, 4:29 AM
- General Electric (NYSE:GE) has signed an agreement to sell a 23.3% stake of Hyundai Capital Services to Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) and Kia Motors (OTC:KIMTF) for 703B won ($600.8M).
- GE's transaction, which represents aggregate ending net investment of approximately $0.9B, is part of a broader deal to exit its entire 43.3% ownership in the 11-year-old auto financing JV over the following months.
- Previously: GE plans to announce HQ decision in January (Dec. 21 2015)
Dec. 21, 2015, 2:17 AM
- General Electric (NYSE:GE) expects to announce a decision next month about whether it will transfer its headquarters out of Connecticut, Reuters reports quoting a company spokesman.
- The conglomerate has been weighing a move out of the state since the summer, when lawmakers passed a budget that included hefty tax increases.
- GE is also likely to sign a deal on Tuesday to sell a 23% stake in Hyundai Capital to the latter's majority owner, Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) and affiliate Kia Motors (OTC:KIMTF), for about 800B won ($679M).
- Previously: GE to sell Hyundai Capital stake (Dec. 09 2015)
Oct. 15, 2015, 10:56 AM
Jan. 2, 2015, 3:43 AM
- Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) and Kia (OTC:KIMTF), together the global No.5 automaker, are expecting a combined 2.5% increase in global sales to 8.2M vehicles for 2015.
- The figure marks the duo's weakest growth rate in more than a decade, as they struggle to compete with Japanese rivals benefiting from a weaker yen.
- Shares of Hyundai fell 29% in 2014, hit with a year of sluggish earnings and investor outrage over a $10B property purchase in Seoul. Kia shares fell 7%.
Nov. 12, 2014, 10:06 AM
- The landmark emissions deal struck between the U.S. and China has implications for the automobile industry even if it is largely symbolic, according to analysts.
- There's some speculation that bickering between the nations over spying and other free trade issues won't reel in China-Western auto joint ventures and impact government EV subsidies as the nation stays focused on pollution control.
- Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, FCAU, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, OTCPK:PEUGF, TTM, TSLA.
Nov. 11, 2014, 4:48 AM
- Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) and Kia (OTC:KIMTF) have announced share buybacks worth 670B won ($615M), in an apparent bid to appease investor fury at their multibillion-dollar investment for a new headquarters.
- The move represents Hyundai's first share buyback specifically aimed at enhancing shareholder value in nearly a decade and Kia's first ever.
- Shares in the two companies plunged in September after they and affiliate Hyundai Mobis revealed plans to spend $10B on a plot of land in Seoul.
- Separately, Kia announced that company president Park Han-woo will now become co-CEO.
- Previously: Hyundai moves ahead with mega-land deal
- Previously: Hyundai, Kia drop on extravagant HQ buy
Nov. 6, 2014, 6:12 AM
- Hyundai (OTC:HYMLY) and Kia (OTC:KIMTF) are aiming to increase the average fuel economy of their vehicles by 25% by 2020 to meet emissions regulations in South Korea, the U.S. and Europe.
- The automakers will develop next-generation engines and transmissions, reduce the weight of key models and expand their line-up of environmentally friendly vehicles to reach their target.
- The news comes on the heels of the South Korean duo's settlement earlier this week, when they agree to pay a $350M fine to the U.S. government for overstating fuel economy ratings.
- Previously: Hyundai, Kia agree to record settlement for overstating mileage
Nov. 4, 2014, 6:48 AM
- Hyundai (OTC:HYMLY) and Kia (OTC:KIMTF) will pay $350M in penalties to the U.S. government for overstating fuel economy ratings, resulting in the largest fine ever issued under the Clean Air Act.
- "This will send an important message to automakers around the world that they must comply with the law," says Attorney General Eric Holder.
- The deal follows a $395M settlement the automakers agreed to pay last December to resolve claims from the owners of the vehicles, bringing the companies' total cost for the mileage overstatements to more than $700M.
Oct. 8, 2014, 1:53 PM
- The EPA says the fuel economy of 2013 models sold in the U.S. averaged 24.1 mpg, up half a mpg from the prior year's model.
- The modest 2.1% improvement is below the pace called for by some environmental groups and just a fraction of what would be needed to keep pace with the government's target for a 54.5 average mpg for the 2016 model year.
- A higher mix of SUV and truck sales offset technology gains by automakers.
- Related stocks: GM, F, TM, OTCPK:FIATY, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, TTM, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, HMC, FCA.
Oct. 8, 2014, 7:50 AM
- Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks there is room in the industry for a merger to create an automaker bigger than Toyota.
- Marchionne might be the man for the job after helping guiding the acquisition of Chrysler from Daimler and pushing Fiat through a complicated transaction to create Fiat Chrysler Automotive (NYSEARCA:FCA).
- Morningstar analyst Richard Hilgert agrees that the auto industry may see more M&A activity due to the needed economies of scale to compete.
- Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, OTCPK:FIATY, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, OTCPK:PEUGF, OTC:RNSDF, TTM, OTCPK:SZKMY.
Oct. 2, 2014, 11:08 AM| Oct. 2, 2014, 11:08 AM
Sep. 26, 2014, 5:29 AM
- A group led by Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) agrees to move forward with a $10.12B land deal at a price more than triple the assessed value of the property.
- The extravagant land grab continues to anger Hyundai plant workers, with another partial strike scheduled for next week.
- Shares of Hyundai fell 1.3% in trading in Seoul, while shares of affiliate Kia Motors (OTC:KIMTF) trimmed 0.6%.
Sep. 18, 2014, 7:01 AM
- Shares of Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF, OTC:HYMTF) fell as much as 10% overseas on news the Hyundai/Kia consortium won a ferocious bidding war for a $10B trophy HQ in Seoul’s upmarket Gangnam district.
- Hyundai paid three times the appraised value for the 79K sqm plot; it plans to relocate the group’s headquarters there, and plans to build a hotel and a car theme park.
- Analyst Ko Tae-bong summed up investor sentiment: "The bid price is excessive, which is incomprehensible to investors. Investors had expected Hyundai to use most of its surplus cash for constructive things such as raising dividends or R&D spending. But they are angry to see the group burn cash like this to buy a single property." (FT)
- Kia Motors (OTC:KIMTF) was down 8% on the news.
Aug. 29, 2014, 10:27 AM
- Global auto sales rose 1.5% in July to 6.87M units.
- A strong month in China and India helped offset weakness in Japan, Brazil, and Russia.
- YTD sales are up 2.6% Y/Y to 50.2M units through July, paced by strong demand in North America and Asia.
- What to watch: South America continues to see its market share for global auto sales slide. The region could see automakers pull back further on capacity and investments due to the slump.
- Automakers: GM, F, TM, OTCPK:FIATY, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, OTCPK:PEUGF, OTC:RNSDF, TTM
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