Seoul Motor Show features Chevrolet Spark debut, radical electric cars and SUVs

As the New York Auto Show takes place here, automakers are also putting in time at the Seoul Motor Show. Hyundai, Toyota, GM, BMW, Volkswagen, and Ford are all showing off cars, trying to strike the balance between the functionality of the SUV and the necessity of eco-friendly electric cars in congested Asian cities.

Vehicles on show at the Seoul Motor Show run the gamut from gas-guzzling SUVs to emission-free electric cars, and the occasional stab at bringing together the best of both worlds.

Carmakers including Hyundai, Toyota, GM, BMW, Volkswagen and Ford are taking part in the 10-day event, with nine models making their global debut as Seoul seeks to catch up with better-known Asian auto shows in Tokyo and Beijing.

Sports utility vehicles, including Toyota’s fourth-generation RAV4, are still the fore, despite their heavy frames and high fuel consumption — long seen as challenges to luring drivers in Asia’s congested cities.

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