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Hyundai to unveil new 'N' brand car at Detroit auto show

All Headlines 17:26 January 10, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's biggest carmaker by sales, said Thursday it will unveil a new model under the high-performance 'N' brand during the Detroit auto show next week.

In a press conference held on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, Albert Biermann, head of Hyundai Motor Group's research and development division, said there will be a "very nice surprise" involving the N brand at the upcoming event.

Biermann didn't elaborate on the new N brand model.

Kia Motors Corp. plans to introduce the Telluride sport-utility vehicle at the North American International Auto Show due from Jan. 14-27 (U.S. time), the company said.

The Tellride SUV will be produced at Kia's plant in Georgia and be sold in North American markets only, a company spokesman said without elaborating.

The Tellride is expected to have a 3.8-liter gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, according to media reports.

Hyundai and Kia, which together form the world's fifth-biggest carmaker by sales, are stepping up their drive to strengthen their lineups with new SUV models in North American markets.

Hyundai and Kia plan to launch the Palisade flagship SUV and the Telluride SUV, respectively, in the U.S. market this year to boost sales.

Hyundai moved up the U.S. launch date for the Palisade, launched domestically in December, from the originally planned summer of 2019. It also plans to add a small crossover to its SUV lineup currently composed of the Kona subcompact, Tucson compact, Santa Fe midsize and large Palisade.

Hyundai's Palisade SUV (Yonhap)

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