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Hyundai will have a pickup in North America

Hyundai will have a pickup in North America

Hyundai Motor Company has announced a plan to launch a pickup truck in the U.S.in a bid to shift away from sedans in one of the company's most important markets.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that a top USA exec for Hyundai said the truck would appear, likely in 2020, and that the automaker would add or refresh three crossovers in its lineup to keep pace with buyers' demands, which are clearly visible to the automaker.

According to the report, Hyundai's executives in the United States were told to go ahead with the development of a pickup truck in a strong indication that it will eventually be marketed in the United States.

For example, the Santa Fe Sport is set for retirement to give way to a new generation sometime in 2018, while the seven-seat Santa Fe will follow early 2019. It's also planning three new or vastly updated SUVs by 2020. Next up would be the compact Tucson SUV, which should arrive in new clothes at the turn of the decade.

So-called crossovers - sport utilities built on chassis similar to sedans - now account for about 30 percent of total light vehicle sales in the United States.

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As in Australia, Automotive News says Hyundai's United States dealers continue to push the company to invest more aggressively in light trucks as demand for sedans like the Elantra and Sonata softens there.

Scott Fink, chief executive officer of Hyundai of New Port Richey, Florida, said, "We are optimistic about the future ..."

As with many automakers in recent years, Hyundai's lineup has been shifting toward utility vehicles in recent years while its auto sales have been on the decline.

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