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#10 of 459 Bad news for this thread...
Aug 26, 2005 (11:50 am)
This story appeared in Automotive News today:
"Hyundai drops minivan plans
Automaker will concentrate on SUV, sport wagon
Hyundai Motor America said on Friday that it has dropped plans to sell a traditional minivan next year.
Instead, the company says it will add a seven-passenger SUV. Later, it will offer a six-passenger sport wagon.
"We felt the best strategy was to leave the traditional minivan for others," says CEO Robert Cosmai. Hyundai wants to "stay appropriately differentiated from other brands."
The unibody SUV, about the same size as a Honda Pilot, will go into production in late 2006. The minivan, dubbed the Entourage, was scheduled for spring 2006. The Entourage was to have shared a platform with the Kia Sedona.
American consumers typically don't embrace rebadged vehicles, says John Krafcik, vice president of product development and strategic planning. Hyundai is trying to carve out a separate identify from affiliate Kia.
Moreover, the minivan segment is stagnant, he says.
The SUV will not be based on the Sedona platform, Krafcik says. The vehicle will be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will offer electronic stability control and side curtain airbags.
The sport wagon, due in 2008, will offer a flexible interior for passengers and cargo, the company said in a press release Friday. The vehicle will be similar to the Portico concept shown at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
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#11 of 459 Re: Bad news for this thread... [mike_belknap]
Aug 26, 2005 (12:46 pm)
Wow, that was an odd coincidence with the timing of the recent posts in this thread. Too bad. I'm sure the Kia Sedona will be a good vehicle to look into. Thanks for passing that along.
Aug 26, 2005 (1:15 pm)
with gas prices going up, I'd like the chance to get a fuel efficient minivan that won't cost $35,000 with navigation. (Odyssey EX w/ NAV, or Sienna XLE)
Will they put NAV in the Sedona then?
Aug 26, 2005 (9:15 pm)
No word on whether or not navigation will be available, but other niceties (e.g., seat and outside mirror memory settings for driver, backup warning system, power liftgate, power adjustable pedals, premium entertainment system featuring a DVD player and 11 speakers, etc.) have been announced, so the possibility is there.
Aug 26, 2005 (11:19 pm)
I bet the Kia dealers are cheering the cancellation news while the Hyundai dealers are upset over not getting their own minivan. It has been reported many times on the press how badly Hyundai dealers in the US wanted a minivan.
Aug 27, 2005 (9:56 am)
Hyundai does sell two vans overseas, the Trajet and H-1. Both can be had with LHD.
The Trajet is an average sized minivan, probably similar to Sedona. Hyundai could have brought that to the US. The H-1 is large, about the size of a Express/Savana.
#17 of 459 Re: No Entourage? [guyf]
Sep 01, 2005 (6:49 pm)
Nope. Sadly. I was lookin' forward to a 28MPG minivan with Navigation for under $30,000.
Guess its back to my original list now...
#18 of 459 Disappointing
Sep 08, 2005 (9:13 am)
With the dropping of the Minivan plans It is becoming less likely that I will stick with Hyundai in the future. To bad as I'm on my 3rd Hyundai. Looks like it will be Honda or Toyota for me in the near future.
#19 of 459 Re: Disappointing [larry1135]
Sep 09, 2005 (6:34 pm)
Since it was going to be a next-gen Kia anyway, why not get one of those?