Daily Archives: December 27, 2013

Hyundai Motor America Announces Changes at the Top: CEO Krafcik to Be Succeeded by Vice President of Sales

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December 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm by Alexander Stoklosa Effective January 1, 2014, Hyundai Motor America will have a new CEO at the helm: David Zuchowski, executive vice president of sales, who will replace current CEO John Krafcik (pictured above). The move, while somewhat unexpected to outsiders, apparently wasn’t much of a surprise to Hyundai, who ...

Mercedes-Benz Contemplating Adding GLK-Based Coupe to Crossover Lineup

December 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm by Jens Meiners | Illustration by Christian Schulte Mercedes-Benz plans to reinvent its lineup of compact crossovers. The next GLK-class stands to be lower, sportier, and sleeker than the current model, whose boxy design is meant to mimic that of the G-wagen. Yet despite such radical styling changes, Benz is ...

Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik Steps Down

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Just four days after Hyundai and its Kia affiliate settled a $395 million class-action lawsuit, Hyundai America announced that President and CEO John Krafcik will leave on Dec. 31. Krafcik, 52, has been at the Korean automaker since March 2004. His tenure as CEO of the Hyundai's U.S. operations, which dates back to November 2008, saw ...

Year in Review: The 12 Best Concept Cars of 2013

Year in Review: The Best Concept Cars of 2013

Concept cars have always fascinated audiences because they presage the automotive industry of tomorrow. And while these days that can literally be tomorrow, with many “concepts” being thinly disguised production cars, the most alluring are often the most fanciful, those that seduce with artful design and promises of what the automobile eventually will be. Here ...

Hyundai-Kia Settles Mileage Lawsuit; Owners Get Lump-Sum Option

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In November 2012, an EPA investigation and consumer watchdog complaints led Hyundai and Kia to restate gas mileage on more than two dozen 2011, 2012 and 2013 models. The affiliated Korean automakers conceded interpretation errors on EPA procedures and launched a program to compensate some 900,000 owners with reloadable debit cards that factored in the ...

Aaron Robinson: Is Hollywood Losing Interest In Cars?

December 2013 BY AARON ROBINSON From the January 2014 Issue of Car and Driver One day in 1990, the heavenly incandescence of truth blazed down on me and I sat bolt upright in professor Sidney Fine’s American History 102 lecture at the University of Michigan and thought: “There was a hidden ramp. There was always a ramp!” A Dodge ...

2014 Buick LaCrosse: Family Review Checklist

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The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is likable. It's not lovable. It's not perfect for families, especially larger ones like mine. But, with an elegant and comfortable interior, a V-6 engine and a smooth, quiet ride, it's most definitely likable. The 2014 LaCrosse has been refreshed, both outside and in. The exterior shape is rather ho-hum, though the ...

John Phillips: Yet More Complaints, Straight from 10Best

December 2013 BY JOHN PHILLIPS MULTIPLE PHOTOGRAPHERS MICHAEL SIMARI, DICK KELLEY, AND THE MANUFACTURER From the January 2014 Issue of Car and Driver During 11 consecutive days last month, I drove Car and Driver’s long-term electric-blue Subaru BRZ from Montana to Ann Arbor, then drove all 60 of our 10Best nominees, then drove back to Montana in the “bronze bus”—our long-term Mercedes-Benz ...

Mitsubishi to Bring Outlander Plug-In Hybrid to U.S. Next Year, Possibly Revive Montero—With PHEV Tech

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

December 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm by Alexander Stoklosa Like Hans Gruber’s right-hand man Karl in the original Die Hard—hey, it’s technically a holiday movie, and it’s still the holidays—Mitsubishi has managed to sneak away from being snuffed out to get a second shot at life. Instead of trying to take down Bruce Willis, however, Mitsu’s second ...

2014 Chevrolet SS vs. 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392 Compared: A Battle of Modern-Day Muscle

2014 Chevrolet SS vs. 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 392

December 2013 BY MIKE SUTTON PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL BYRNE From the January 2014 Issue of Car and Driver TESTED Chevrolet laid its groundwork for the new SS with a profile body for the 2013 NASCAR circuit. The racing Chevy SS and the racing Dodge Charger would have each been that rarest of things: a V-8 rear-drive Sprint Cup competitor modeled ...