Posted : 2013-03-28 17:14
Updated : 2013-03-28 17:14

Seoul Motor Show kicks off today

Choi Han-young, third from left, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor, and Jung Young-hoon, fourth from right, vice president, pose with officials from the automakers' dealers in overseas markets and representatives from the local logistics industry to celebrate the launch of the tractor trailer TRAGO XCIENT during the press preview event prior to the Seoul Motor Show at KINTEX in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, Thursday.
/ Courtesy of Hyundai Motor

By Kim Tae-jong

Hyundai Motor hinted Thursday at its next-generation design direction by unveiling the sports coupe concept car HND-9 Venace.

The concept car was introduced during a press preview event prior to the Seoul Motor Show at KINTEX in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, which will kick off its 11-day event today.

"The HND-9 will give customers a glimpse of Hyundai's future luxury sports coupe models," said Oh Suk-geun, head of Hyundai Design Center.

The concept car inherited and upgraded the company's "fluidic sculpture" design, which is shared by other Hyundai vehicles including the YF Sonata, the Avante and the Tucson.

It boasts fluid yet sleek character lines equipped with a wide hexagonal radiator grille.

The concept car is equipped with a 3.3-liter turbo GDi engine and eight-speed auto transmission, which can generate 370 horsepower.

Other local automakers also introduced their concept cars as well as new vehicles.

Hyundai's sister automaker Kia Motors introduced the CUB, a four-door compact coupe concept car.

The CUB is less than four meters long with rearward-opening rear doors, with a sleek and small but cheerful design.
Ssangyong Motor's premiumconcept SUV LIV-1

The nation's smallest automaker Ssangyong Motor unveiled its LIV-1, a large premium SUV concept car.

"Along with our small- and medium-sized SUV concepts, XIV and SIV-1, the LIV-1 is a strategic model designed for future global growth," said Ssangyong Motor CEO Lee Yoo-il.

The automaker also launched its Chairman W Summit, which it hopes will lead the luxury sedan market.

The vehicle is based on the automaker's flagship sedan model, the Chairman W limousine. The automaker said the new edition boasts a high-quality interior that lives up to its name, "Summit," offering world-class convenience while providing an optimum mobile office and resting space.

The Chairman W Summit is priced at 114.64 million won ($102,982).

GM Korea introduced the Chevrolet Spark EV (electric vehicle), which made its Asia premiere here, along with 22 other cars.

The pure electric car is a modified version of the Spark mini car with an advanced electric motor and battery system.

Mated with a coaxial drive unit, the electric motor churns out more than 130 hp, enabling the small car to go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in under 8.5 seconds.

"GM Korea recently began production of the Spark EV at our Changwon Plant. The vehicle will be available in Korea in the second half of this year," said Sergio Rocha, President and CEO of GM Korea. "We are committed to electrification as a long-term journey. The Spark EV represents another step forward in that journey as Chevrolet provides a variety of solutions to address the lifestyles and transportation needs of consumers here in Korea and around the world."
GM Korea's pure electric vehicle Chevrolet Spark EV

The automaker also displayed its Aveo and Cruze turbo show cars, equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines, which are expected to open a new segment.

Renault Samsung Motors unveiled the QM3, a compact crossover vehicle, to add it to its lineup as the fifth model.

The automaker has a few limited models, which are often blamed for its sluggish sales here over the past few years.

RSM's CEO Francois Provost pledged to "restart in the Korean market" with the launch of the new model.

"We will demonstrate our commitment to RSM's revival through the Seoul Motor Show," he said. "We have prepared a variety of exhibits and events to communicate our core values and future vision with visitors."

The new model is being launched six years after the debut of the automaker's QM5 SUV in 2007, and RSM also launched the SM5 XE TCE edition, which enhances performance through the advanced technologies of Renault-Nissan Alliance's GDI and turbo charger system.

RSM displays the SM3 Z.E., a pure electric vehicle, and the Twizy, an electric two-seater, featuring Renault's advanced EV technologies, with the aim to enhance its image as an eco-friendly corporation and a leading automotive technology company.

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