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Hyundai 'couldn't push any harder' for dual-cab ute

The rumoured Hyundai dual-cab ute is becoming a bit of a running joke at Hyundai product launches, but the brand says it's still high on the priority list Down Under. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Tucson launch, Hyundai Australia product planning manager, Andrew Tuitahi, was adamant the company is pushing hard to make it happen...

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Hyundai ute set for 2021, unlikely for Kia
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Hyundai ute set for 2021, unlikely for Kia

Hyundai is progressing with its internal design and engineering of its upcoming Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger competitor as it seeks to enter the heavily-contested, but very popular ute market in 2021. Speaking to the media at the Detroit motor show this week, Hyundai Australia’s head of public relations, Bill Thomas, said that while the ute is not 100 per cent confirmed yet, it's being well received by those that can give it the green light...


CarAdvice podcast 71: Tony Crawford reviews the Stinger!
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CarAdvice podcast 71: Tony Crawford reviews the Stinger!

In the studio this week is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Dave Zalstein. Paul has his say on Victoria Police's choice on its next patrol car being a BMW 530d. Also in car news, Ford Fiesta has been axed in the US, and Australian prospects are still unclear...


Hyundai ute confirmed... after 2020
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Hyundai ute confirmed... after 2020

The on-again/off-again talk of a pick-up or ute from Hyundai Australia is definitely on again, but buyers will have to wait until after 2020 to get their hands on one. Hyundai Motor Company Australia chief operating officer Scott Grant told media that it's a constant talking point in the company's offices. "We’ve been talking about it for a number of years," Grant said...


Hyundai's HiLux rival coming... eventually
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Hyundai's HiLux rival coming... eventually

Hyundai Australia is keeping its eye on development of the prized Toyota HiLux- and Ford Ranger-rivalling ute range that its Korean parent is finally committed to developing. Hyundai is the third most popular brand by sales in Australia, but has little chance of catching Mazda or Toyota without a proper ute to complement its hugely popular iLoad van — considering around one-in-six new vehicles sold here are pickups...


Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head
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Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head

It seems the dual-cab ute Hyundai Australia so very dearly wants is still a way off, with the Korean brand's design head saying such as model is not in the pipeline just yet. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this week’s 2017 Seoul motor show, Hyundai and Kia chief design officer Peter Schreyer said, while he and his team are working on a number of vehicles, a ute is still not currently one of them...


Hyundai ute "now moving forward", ute-based SUV on the cards
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Hyundai ute "now moving forward", ute-based SUV on the cards

Hyundai's commercial division is desperate for a ute, and years of presenting business cases to the company's Korean headquarters have finally paid off: the project is now moving forward. While the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept depicted a lifestyle ute, it's not the vehicle Hyundai has pitched to its global headquarters...


Hyundai ute ruled out for Australia
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Hyundai ute ruled out for Australia

The Hyundai Santa Cruz ute has been ruled out for Australia due to an expected minimal market demand and the investment cost of producing the commercial vehicle in right-hand drive...


Hyundai ute plan finally making progress
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Hyundai ute plan finally making progress

Hyundai Australia (HMCA) has made some progress convincing its global parent to produce a proper Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger workhorse ute rival, though nothing will launch before 2020. HMCA chief operating officer Scott Grant told us this week that messages out of Korea have recently become a little different when the topic of a light commercial ute/pickup is broached...


Hyundai Santa Cruz ute could sell like a RAV4 or CR-V, claims product chief
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Hyundai Santa Cruz ute could sell like a RAV4 or CR-V, claims product chief

How well can the Hyundai Santa Cruz lifestyle ute sell? As well as two of the biggest-selling SUVs on the planet, according to the brand. Hyundai Motor America vice president of corporate and product planning, Mike O’Brien, told CarAdvice at the 2016 Detroit auto show that there’s serious potential for a vehicle of this type in the market...


Hyundai Santa Cruz lifestyle ute confirmed, says US boss
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Hyundai Santa Cruz lifestyle ute confirmed, says US boss

No official announcement has been made yet, but it appears clear that a production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz lifestyle utility is on its way. CarAdvice spent some time at the 2016 Detroit auto show with Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive Dave Zuchowski, who didn’t mince words about the potential for the Tucson-based utility vehicle to hit showrooms...


Hyundai Santa Cruz production model could be based on new Tucson - report
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Hyundai Santa Cruz production model could be based on new Tucson - report

A production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up truck is still yet to be given the green light, but US reports suggest the lifestyle-focused ute will be built upon the underpinnings of the new-generation Hyundai Tucson. Edmunds.com reports that the production model of the Hyundai Santa Cruz ute will be a quicker turnaround than a ground-up development, as it will share its architecture and parts with the new Tucson (which replaces the ix35)...


Hyundai Santa Cruz ute a "speculative product"
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Hyundai Santa Cruz ute a "speculative product"

The Hyundai Santa Cruz ute concept shown at the Detroit motor show in January this year remains a “speculative product” that isn’t in the company’s mid-term Australian launch plans. That’s the line from Hyundai Australia COO John Elsworth, who told us this week that any prospect of a much-needed utility vehicle of any stripe remained up in the air at best...


Hyundai Santa Cruz ute is 'not a pick-up'
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Hyundai Santa Cruz ute is 'not a pick-up'

With the Hyundai Santa Cruz ute all but assured for production, the South Korean manufacturer is keen to emphasise the vehicle will not be a traditional pick-up. Speaking to CarAdvice at the 2015 New York auto show, the CEO of Hyundai America, Dave Zuchowski, said the aim of the Santa Cruz is to enter a new and untapped segment...


Hyundai Santa Cruz ute set for production
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Hyundai Santa Cruz ute set for production

The Hyundai Santa Cruz ute concept is all but assured to go into production as Hyundai America pushes its parent company to speed up the vehicle’s development. Speaking to CarAdvice at the 2015 New York auto show, Hyundai America CEO Dave Zuchowski admitted that not having a player in the pickup segment hurts Hyundai’s growth potential...


Hyundai Ute concept can be built "extremely quickly"
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Hyundai Ute concept can be built "extremely quickly"

The man responsible for the design of the Hyundai Santa Cruz ute concept says the vehicle could be put into production quickly if the reaction from the public and dealers is positive...


Hyundai Ute to help company's sales volume overtake Holden
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Hyundai Ute to help company's sales volume overtake Holden

Hyundai is likely to overtake both Mazda and Holden if the just-unveiled Hyundai Ute goes into production for the Australian market. The Hyundai Santa Cruz ute , revealed today in Detroit, would add significant sales volume to the South Korean brand's local division, and in so doing would change the dynamics of manufacturers chasing the number two spot behind Toyota...


Hyundai Ute Santa Cruz Concept : The local perspective
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Hyundai Ute Santa Cruz Concept : The local perspective

With the announcement today of the Hyundai Ute concept, ute-loving Australian buyers are no doubt keen to know what, when and how this hugely significant announcement will impact them. Firstly, it’s important to emphasise that the Hyundai Santa Cruz Pick Up (to give its full name), is purely a concept at this stage, but considering the significant of the utility segment, it’s likely the Santa Cruz will find its way to showrooms in the near future...


Hyundai Ute unveiled : Santa Cruz Pick-up Concept
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Hyundai Ute unveiled : Santa Cruz Pick-up Concept

Hyundai has today unveiled a concept ute, dubbed “Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Concept” at the Detroit auto show, plugging a major gap in its product lineup. The Santa Cruz is a new interpretation of the classic ute, according to Hyundai, with the brand hoping to entice not only traditional ute buyers but also Millennials seeking urban adventurer lifestyles...


Hyundai US chief hints at future ute, could launch within three years
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Hyundai US chief hints at future ute, could launch within three years

A Hyundai ute looks set to become a reality, following a hint from the company's US chief. Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski was quoted by Autonews as suggesting that the pickup/truck/ute segment is one that cannot be ignored - and it appears clear the brand is aiming to expand its commercial vehicle offering following spy shots of a new large van range making their way to CarAdvice (see image above)...