Hyundai’s Upcoming Kona May Face Production Delay

Hyundai won’t reveal the Kona until September’s Frankfurt Motor Show but there may already be a slight hiccup in the company’s plans to introduce the model.

The Investor reports that production of the Kona could be delayed due to a labor dispute at the firm’s huge Ulsan facility in South Korea.

The dispute is said to revolve around working hours, the scale of new parts set to be used by the Kona and how many workers will be assigned to build the small SUV.

According to a company official, the production schedule of the Kona has been halted for an undisclosed time. The disagreement happened after Hyundai outsourced Ulsan’s supply of car bumpers.

Whenever the Kona does reach the production line, we know it will share parts with both the i20 and i30 compact. Engine and transmission details aren’t known at this stage but the car was recently snapped without any camoflage on the set of a commercial shoot in Portugal.

Images via Autoweek


  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    Not sure if anyone is anxiously waiting on that… those who want one probably already has a Juke.

  • KareKakk

    Hopefully it will get another name if it comes to Norway… “Kona” literally means exactly “The Wife” in norwegian. May the pun mayhem begin if they actually keep that name. 😀

    • Deckard_Cain

      “Kona” in portuguese means pussy. You should check portuguese auto forums talking about this car. The puns have been epic.

    • Deckard_Cain

      “Kona” in portuguese is the slang term for vagina. You should check portuguese auto forums talking about this car. The puns have been epic.

      • jfalckt

        How in this day and age can a car get launched with such an awful name? Hyundai’s Wife Vagina sure ain’t pretty

  • Kenneth

    “…Kona may face production delay”

    Seeing that headline, I immediately thought: “A face like that should definitely be delayed.” This does not look like the work of Hyundai/Kia design boss, Peter Schreyer.

  • fabri99

    Such a shame…

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    bad model and a bad move which will damage the sales of the model

  • Benjamin B.

    That looks more like a Citroen Cactus mated with a Jeep Cherokee and digested a Nissan Juke while cumming out a Nissan Leaf.

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