Han-woo Park says Kia is graduating from its position as a fast follower to being a global leader in such areas as design and quality. The Kia CEO also wants to build up the brand's light-truck lineup.
Hyundai Motor America CEO Kyung Soo Lee has left the position to return to South Korea as an adviser for the company. The automaker also has created two entities to develop future technologies and appointed new heads of product strategy and design.
The global bosses at Hyundai and Kia are still weighing a congressional call to have their top U.S. executives testify about a rash of reported noncollision fires in their vehicles as they work with regulators to address safety concerns.