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Hyundai-Kia overtakes Toyota as biggest Asian automaker in Europe

hyundai 1290475021 450x298 Hyundai Kia overtakes Toyota as biggest Asian automaker in Europe

European car buyers have a favorite Asian automaker, and its name is no longer Toyota. Hyundai and Kiahave tag-teamed to best the longtime Japanese automaker, with a four percent overall rise in total units through the first ten months of 2010. During that same period, Toyota-Lexus sales have fallen 17 percent, with Hyundai at 521,369 vehicles sold compared to 511,754 for Toyota.

Toyota’s recent tough road, along with the expanding number of quality offerings from Hyundai-Kia, have allowed the Seoul train to slide past the Japanese brand. Unless Toyota picks up the pace, that gap could widen because the Korean company is understood to have a greater number of new models planned for its European portfolio.

Of course, Hyundai has a long road ahead if it wishes to make the same claim here in the States, but it’s certainly moving in the right direction. Overall sales in the U.S. have risen 21 percent and demand for the redesigned Sonata has jumped 64 percent.

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Car and Driver 2011 10 Best winners announced

cd 630 450x300 Car and Driver 2011 10 Best winners announced

Car and Driver has just released its annual list of top 10 vehicles for 2011. Populated by plenty of familiar faces like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Honda Accord and Porsche Boxster, this year’s 10 Best won’t bring too many surprises to the table. The newcomers to the crowd won’t exactly raise any eyebrows, either. TheChevrolet Volt, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Golf (the GTI did make it last year) are all solid, common-sense picks in our eyes.

Of course, some of the old guard had to fall off to make room for the new metal, and as such, the Audi S4,Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mazda3 are nowhere to be found.

It’s worth noting that the inclusion of the Chevy Volt marks the first time that an electric-powered car has ever made the cut, though it’s unlikely to be the last. Check out our gallery of the winners below, then hit the jumpto have a look at the full press release.
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