The Hyundai Motor Group is going to introduce not less than 13 all-new or facelift models in 2019, including in new market segments.
Though experts expect global automotive production to fall by 1% in 2019 (the first drop in 9 years) due to uncertainty on major markets (USA and China) caused by trade protectionism, the Hyundai and Kia brands will try to stabilize and enhance their businesses.
The luxury Genesis brand will launch an all-wheel-drive SUV this year which shares the platform with the upcoming G80 sedan and has a choice of V6 and V8 engines.
The new-generation Hyundai Sonata sedan should also arrive with a brand new Fluidic Sculpture 3.0 design. A wagon version will be available for the European buyers.
Thanks to these models, Hyundai-Kia hope to reach a mark of 7.6 million cars sold in 2019.
In 2018, the Hyundai Motor Group became the 5th largest automaker in the world, having sold 7.399 million vehicles (less than planned 7.55 million).
In addition to 13 new products, the company will launch a pilot service of its autonomous taxis in South Korea by 2021 and expand partnerships with leading players in that area.
Photo: current Hyundai Sonata