Avante (Elantra) (Hyundai)

May 22, 2019

Reported on May 21, 2019, despite huge reductions in the price of motor vehicles, car brands in Vietnam including Nissan, Isuzu, Toyota Motor and BMW revealed that auto sales have been unexpectedly slow in recent weeks.
According to Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (VAMA)’s representative, one reason for the downtrend was because of the government decision to increase registration fees for pickup trucks from 2% to 7.2% applied from early April 2019, reducing purchasing power.
However, the most important factor is that April is not the season of car purchases. The change of consumers' demand due to increasing traffic congestion in urban areas and the hike of fuel also make them gradually convert to public vehicles.
Moreover, with the information that some new attractive models such as Hyundai Elantra, 2019 Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Camry 2019, Honda Brio and Subaru Forester, which have many noticeable upgrades, will be imported to Vietnam in May 2019 with much lower prices than the previous versions, many customers delayed buying cars in April and decided to wait for the new ones.
(From an article of Vietnam News on May 21, 2019)

May 18, 2019

On May 15, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) celebrated the grand opening of HMMA’s cylinder head machining plant.
The new 260,000-square-foot plant is the third facility at HMMA to support production of more than 650,000 engines per year.
The plant represents a USD 388 million total investment to manufacturing engine cylinder heads and also to enhance existing operations to support the production of new Sonata and Elantra sedan models.
HMMA’s engine plants will now produce two all-new 4-cylinder engines for the all-new 2020 Sonata sedan, including the Smartstream 2.5-liter Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine and Smartstream 1.6-liter Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine.
Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, HMMA started vehicle production in May 2005, and now has 2,700 full-time and 500 part-time employees.

(Hyundai press release on May 15, 2019)

Apr 18, 2019

On April 16, Beijing Hyundai Motor Company (BHMC) unveiled its all-new Sonata and all-new Hyundai ix25 at Auto Shanghai 2019.
The new models spearhead the company’s ‘New Era’ theme for the event, which highlights future technologies.
Making its Chinese premiere at the Shanghai show, the all-new Sonata features the latest safety, connectivity and convenience technologies.
The global ‘signature vehicle’ for Hyundai, the latest generation Sonata is a stylish, thrilling and beautiful coupe-style sedan, rather than a conventional four-door model.
It expresses Hyundai Motor’s Sensuous Sportiness design language through elegance and flowing lines, using light as the defining styling feature inside and out.
The all-new ix25 compact SUV also premieres in new ‘sporty and muscular’ form.
Perfectly positioned for the Chinese market, the new model is clearly inspired by the same design language as the all-new Sonata, but it is interpreted differently.
From its strong, shoulder line wheel arches and SUV-like ground clearance, to its unmistakably distinctive lighting design, it is a stylish model that will stand out from the crowd.
China leads the world for uptake of new forms of vehicle propulsion with capitalization by BHMC in the form of the new Encino EV and new Elantra PHEV, forming a crucial piece of Hyundai Motor’s future-focused strategy for clean mobility.

Hyundai Motor Press Release