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GM Korea launches U.S.-made Traverse SUV

All News 11:29 September 03, 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Yonhap) -- GM Korea Co., the South Korean unit of General Motors Co., on Tuesday introduced the U.S.-made Traverse sport utility vehicle (SUV) to revive its sales here.

The Traverse comes at a length of 5,200 millimeters, the longest among large-size SUVs sold in South Korea, the automaker said. The seven-seat SUV is also equipped with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder gasoline engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission to generate a maximum 314 horsepower.

The Traverse is the second SUV that GM Korea imported from the U.S., following the Equinox, which was launched last year.

GM Korea said the Traverse will sell for between 45.2 million won and 55.2 million won (US$37,200-$45,400).

The Traverse is expected to compete with Hyundai Motor Co.'s Palisade and Kia Motors Corp.'s Mohave in the large-size SUV market here.

GM Korea hopes the Traverse launch can push up its sales in South Korea. In the first eight months of the year, the company sold 48,763 units in the domestic market, down 17.2 percent from a year ago.

GM Korea's exports also declined 3.6 percent on-year to 238,777 units in the January-August period.

This photo provided by GM Korea Co. shows the Traverse SUV. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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