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November 2, 1999 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hyundai Motor America, enjoying its best sales in a decade, plans to bring a near-luxury sedan to the U.S. by the end of next year, company President Finbarr O'Neill has confirmed. The long-discussed move would give the Fountain Valley-based importer an important "move-up" vehicle beyond its current lineup of small and mid-size cars while helping its parent, Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Corp., regain sales volume that it has lost because of South Korea's economic woes.
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BUSINESS
November 2, 1999 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hyundai Motor America, enjoying its best sales in a decade, plans to bring a near-luxury sedan to the U.S. by the end of next year, company President Finbarr O'Neill has confirmed. The long-discussed move would give the Fountain Valley-based importer an important "move-up" vehicle beyond its current lineup of small and mid-size cars while helping its parent, Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Corp., maintain sales volume that it has lost because of South Korea's economic woes.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Auto makers have tried just about everything to persuade women to embrace car buying, from running slick ad campaigns to redesigning door latches for long fingernails. Hyundai Motor America, stuck with a tiny budget and an enormous image problem, is taking an unconventional, grass-roots approach to winning female consumers.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1999 | John O'Dell
Hyundai Motor America said it has shelved plans to import a minivan for that already crowded niche in the U.S. market and instead will focus on marketing the sport-utility vehicle it will introduce here in the spring of 2000. Finbarr O'Neill, president of the Fountain Valley-based U.S. arm of South Korea's largest car maker, said the minivan was abandoned because it was designed for the European and Asian markets and simply was not good enough for the more competitive U.S. market.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations and manufacturing for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com
Hyundai Motor America says it will spend $25 million to tell U.S. consumers about its new expanded warranty program, which includes 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain coverage and a 5-year, unlimited mileage roadside assistance program. The Fountain Valley-based importer hopes the program, which bests anything else the car industry offers, will help dispel consumer concerns about the quality of its South Korean-built cars.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1998 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hyundai Motor America on Wednesday awarded its public relations account to Paine & Associates of Costa Mesa. The contract, described by Hyundai as being in the "high six figures," runs through 1999 and ranks among the auto maker's largest with public relations firms, said Chris Hosford, a Hyundai spokesman. The South Korean auto maker, whose U.S. headquarters is in Fountain Valley, parted company earlier this year with GCI, which handled its media communications for six years.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hyundai Motor America Inc., the South Korean auto importer that has been struggling with weak sales and management turnover, on Tuesday named Finbarr O'Neill as its president and chief executive. O'Neill, 46, had been serving as the Fountain Valley company's interim chief operating officer since Robert Parker abruptly resigned in February. A lawyer and former Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. executive, O'Neill has been Hyundai Motor America's general counsel since the company was formed in 1985.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hyundai Motor America Inc., the South Korean auto importer that has been struggling with weak sales and management turnover, said Tuesday it has named Finbarr O'Neill as its president and chief executive. O'Neill, 46, had been serving as the Fountain Valley company's interim chief operating officer since Robert Parker abruptly resigned in February. A lawyer and former Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.
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