A Hyundai decided to stop mass production of the Kona, the first electric SUV from the South Korea. The decision was made after a series of car battery problems that even caused fires, which prompted a major recall in the country and other markets.

Now, the automaker should focus on production on the Ioniq 5 and other models that will be announced later. Despite the end of production and marketing in Korea, the car will continue to be sold in United States, where an updated version was released.

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The Kona was the target of more than a dozen reports of battery fires between 2019 and February 2021, when Hyundai decided to invest almost $ 1 billion to collect more than 76 vehicles. After the recall, sales of the Kona dropped sharply and some owners said the replacement process was quite disorganized.

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