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Hyundai Plots SUV Push in Belated Shift to Sate U.S. Buyers

  • Korean automaker to release eight new utility models by 2020
  • Tucson, Santa Fe models are only SUVs in car-heavy lineup
The Hyundai Motor Co. Kona
The Hyundai Motor Co. KonaPhotographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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Hyundai Motor Co. is finally going to give America what it wants: more sport utility vehicles.

The South Korean automaker mired in a U.S. sales slump said Wednesday it will bring eight new or redesigned crossovers or SUVs to the market by 2020. The plans are a belated effort to recapture buyers who’ve been shunning sedans and compact cars -- segments where Hyundai’s lineup is strongest.