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Hyundai’s Genesis Going After Ferrari And Porsche With New Supercar Project 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in CES, Genesis, Hybrids, Hyundai, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


The sky seems to be the limit for Hyundai’s Genesis brand, as the Koreans are reportedly working on a supercar project that will supposedly lead to the creation of a Ferrari and Porsche challenge.

At least in terms of performance and perhaps even in looks, because it’s one thing matching those established brands on paper, and another actually competing with them and poaching their clientele.

The information was confirmed to WheelsMag by Hyundai Design VP Luc Donckerwolke and Vice-Chairman of R&D Woong-chul Yang, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

“We are definitely doing it. I’m actually reviewing the project next week, after CES. I can’t tell you much more about it, but we are definitely doing it. We are not going autonomous for all of our cars”, Donckerwolke said.

Contrary to popular belief that a halo supercar from Genesis would have nothing to do with the Hyundai N arm, Yang added that it will likely be developed by the performance division, under the close watch of Albert Biermann, who is the former BMW M chief.

“We are very much interested in it, and as far as I’m concerned, I’d love to promote that. That’s something our brand needs at this time. The people working at N will be working on that, but how we put it in the N or maybe above N… it’s pretty high performance. It’s serious”, commented Yang.

The project will likely arrive in the coming years with a two-door body style, being powered by a small internal combustion engine, backed up by electric motors and batteries.

It should also be something to look at, given that Donckerwolke gave a helping hand in the design of the Lamborghini Diablo and Gallardo, from his position within the Volkswagen Group.

Reporting directly to Luc Donckerwolke, who is the Head of Genesis Design, is Alexander Selipanov, who’s name probably doesn’t say anything to the vast majority, but he is the man that helped design the Bugatti Chiron.

Note: Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo pictured

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The World’s First Dedicated Genesis Showroom Goes All Gangnam Style 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dealers, Genesis, Korea on 01 8th, 2018


Launching new vehicles is complicated enough. Launching an entirely new brand is another matter entirely. But that’s the process in which Hyundai finds itself right now with its Genesis brand.

It’s already revealed the new G90, G80, and G70, and will have many more to come. But now it needs the showrooms in which to sell them. And this is what they’ll look like.

What you see here is the first dedicated Genesis showroom, which the automaker itself will open in June in the swanky Gangnam district of Seoul. With 14,000 square feet of floor space, the two-story facility ought to serve as the blueprint for the dealerships it’ll franchise around the world in the coming months and years.

So what does it entail? For starters, it’s not all glass. Hyundai has gone for a more intimate environment: “a private and personal setting that enhances the interaction between the customer and the product.”

The vehicles are on display, of course, and there are further displays showing the colors and interior options available for order. There’s also a “Launch Bay” that serves as the starting point for test drives, with an augmented/virtual reality guide to help drivers embark on five different test routes around the South Korean capital: Urban Green, Urban Highway, Dynamic, K-Road, and Short Course.

The whole space is bathed in soft ambient light panels (instead of glare-inducing spotlights), perfumed with the brand’s signature scent and serenaded by its signature sound – which, we gather, is not that infuriatingly catchy K-pop song that was all the rage a few years back.

“The Genesis brand is a promise – a promise of a new way of automotive luxury,” said brand chief Manfred Fitzgerald. “Genesis Gangnam is the physical embodiment of that promise and how we serve our clientele. Customer experience is vital and we will now work on a global scale to bring many of the aspects of our brand’s flagship store to customers around the world.”

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Hyundai Motor Group Working On 38 Green Vehicles Including Seven All-New Models 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, fuel cell, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Hyundai Senior Vice President Lee Ki-sang has revealed the Hyundai Motor Group will launch a total of 38 “green cars” in the next eight years.

Bloomberg is reporting that Ki-sang confirmed the figure includes seven all-new vehicles which will be launched over the course of the next five years. Many of the upcoming models will feature an electric powertrain while the others will likely be hybrid, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

While electric vehicles are a key part of the initiative, Ki-sang said the company is hedging its bets by investing in both fuel-cell vehicles and more traditional battery-electric models. As he explained, Hyundai sees fuel-cell vehicles as the best solution for future mobility but the company isn’t putting all its eggs in one basket. Instead, Hyundai will “push for both” types.

Ki-sang was tight-lipped on specifics but the company has already announced plans for a Kona EV and a Genesis EV with a range of approximately 500 km (310 km). On the hydrogen front, there will be a new fuel-cell crossover that will go into production early next year.

In a separate report, Ki-sang told Reuters the company is developing a dedicated platform for electric vehicles but it is still years away from being launched. He went on to say Kia will launch an electric crossover next year – possibly the Niro EV – and it will have a range of more than 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”

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IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline



Genesis G70 Makes Its Middle East Debut At The Dubai Motor Show 7
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dubai Motor Show, Genesis, Genesis G70, Middle East, new cars on 12 7th, 2017

Genesis have brought their premium compact sedan, the G70, to the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, prior to its launch in the local market early next year.

Nothing much has changed compared to the G70 offered in other markets, apart from the fact that the 2.0-liter inline-four diesel, which makes 204 PS (201 HP) and 439 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque, won’t be available in the Middle East.

Thus, the G70’s lineup will consist of two turbocharged gasoline engines: a 2.0-liter unit rated at 252 PS (248 HP) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque, and a 3.3-liter V6 with 370 PS (365 HP) and 510 Nm (376 lb-ft). The V6 variant helps the G70 Sport sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).

Genesis promises an enhanced experience that comes courtesy of the multi-link rear suspension, mechanical limited slip differential, dynamic torque vectoring and Launch Control.

These are joined by what the company calls “an unparalleled suite of advanced driver assist systems”, such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and Driver Awareness Warning integrated into the Genesis Active Safety Control package.

The list of equipment is generous and, depending on the selected trim level, includes an 8-inch touchscreen display that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, and a 15-speaker premium sound system from Lexicon, among others.

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Hyundai Dealers Furious Over Genesis Split 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dealers, Genesis, Hyundai, Reports on 11 28th, 2017


Hyundai has big plans for its Genesis brand – not only a slate of new models, but a completely new dealer network. And its current dealers are hopping mad over the prospect of being excluded.

Genesis models are currently sold out of mainstream Hyundai dealers across America, roughly a third of which (totaling some 352 dealers) have invested in staff and facilities upgrades in order to sell the top-of-the-line G90.

The automaker is preparing, however, to slash that number down to about a hundred dedicated showrooms. This means that most of the dealers already selling Genesis models will be cut out of the loop.

Automotive News reports that the issue came to a head at a conference of Hyundai dealers in Dallas earlier this month, where several dealership owners got up and left en masse – ostensibly in order to discuss privately, later rejoining the meeting.

“Both the company and the dealers are in complete agreement that this is critical for the success of the Genesis brand and the dealer body,” a Hyundai spokesman told Automotive News, declining to comment on the incident. “At this particular meeting, during a conversation on the Genesis brand, the dealers asked to have further discussions on the topic, which already are taking place.”

The automaker is preparing to roll out the new G70 to slot in below the G80 and G90 sedans, along with a coupe and three new crossovers.

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Hyundai’s Semi-Autonomous Highway Driving Assist System Coming To The U.S. In 2019 27
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Genesis, Genesis G90, Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, Reports on 11 27th, 2017


Autonomous driving technology is all the rage these days but Hyundai has been pretty quiet on the subject. That’s about to change as Wards Auto is reporting its Highway Driving Assist technology will soon be coming to the United States.

Currently available on a handful of models in South Korea, the Highway Driving Assist system is a Level 2 semi-autonomous technology that combines adaptive cruise control with a lane keeping assist function. The system has been around since 2015 and it is slated to arrive in America in 2019 on the next-generation Sonata as well as the updated Genesis G90.

The four-year delay is somewhat surprising but Hyundai’s director of advanced driver assist systems, Woongjung Jang, told the publication this is due to several factors including high demand in South Korea. Jang also noted “There’s so much to cover [in the United States] and we need to ensure our information on our map databases are accurate on every highway, so it’s taking some time to go through and verify all those.”

While the Highway Driving Assist technology is a step towards full autonomy, the company is working on more advanced systems and expects them to be launched at the fleet level since mobility providers can offset the costs of the technology by not having to pay a driver. However, prices are expected to come down in the future and Jang believes Hyundai could hit an “affordable price level” in 2025 or later.

Speaking of fully autonomous vehicles, Jang says the technology is a bad fit for electric vehicles as the “power consumption is really huge” and can dramatically decrease a vehicle’s range. Newer technologies will likely reduce the power draw but, in the meantime, Jang believes autonomous driving systems are better suited for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell applications.

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Genesis Won’t Remain RWD Only, GV80 Concept Previews New Styling Direction 24
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Genesis, Reports on 11 24th, 2017


Genesis chief designer Luc Donckerwolke has revealed the company is making progress in its transition from becoming a sub-brand of Hyundai to a full-fledged luxury automaker.

Speaking with Car and Driver, Donckerwolke said “Genesis was born out of Hyundai and now we are splitting the brands, creating teams, but at the same time keeping synergies. This will likely prove an important step as Genesis needs to be seen as a legitimate luxury brand rather than a fancy Hyundai.

Part of the separation between the two brands will be visual as Donckerwolke is working to create a unique styling language for Genesis. Since the G70 was created before Donckerwolke joined the automaker, he says the GV80 concept provides a better glimpse at the brand’s styling direction.

As Donckerwolke explained, the concept’s distinctive head- and taillights will “become our signature.” They will be joined by a new grille design which was also previewed by the concept.

Besides talking about the brand’s styling direction, Donckerwolke hinted Genesis might not remain exclusively rear-wheel drive. As he explained “electrification changes the situation.” However, the magazine reports the change won’t be happen anytime soon as it expects three new models will be launched by 2020 and all of them will be driven by the rear wheels.

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Are The New Genesis 90, Lincoln Continental, And Volvo S90 Worthy Alternatives To Germany’s Luxo-Barges? 6
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Genesis, Genesis G90, Lincoln, Lincoln Continental, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo S90 on 11 6th, 2017


German and Japanese automakers typically dominate the luxury sales chart but Roadshow recently decided to check out alternative sedans from Genesis, Lincoln, and Volvo.

While they may not have the cachet of BMW or Mercedes, the Genesis 90, Lincoln Continental, and Volvo S90 have plenty to offer and cost significantly less than cars like the 7-Series and S-Class – though to be fair, despite their bigger size, they are mostly considered rivals to the 5-Series and E-Class.

Kicking things off is the G90 which stickered for $71,550. It comes equipped with a 3.3-liter V6 that produces 365 hp (272 kW) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. Thanks to all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car can “hustle” while also emitting a pleasant exhaust note. Despite having an upscale interior with tons of space, the car was knocked for not having a touchscreen infotainment system and not supporting Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

The Lincoln Continental wasn’t much cheaper as it cost $70,940. That seems pretty pricey for a Lincoln sedan but the car features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that develops 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm) of torque. Despite being the most powerful sedan in the test, the reviewers noted the car isn’t “jaw dropping fast” and is the only one in the group to have a six-speed automatic transmission. However, there’s still a lot to like as the car comes loaded with technology and has tons of rear seat legroom.

The Volvo S90 was the cheapest of the three and cost around $66,000. Unfortunately, the model came with a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which was deemed unrefined. The engine was also the least powerful with 316 hp (235 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque but, on the bright side, it returns 22 mpg city and 31 mph highway.

That bad news doesn’t stop there as review notes sport mode ruins the driving experience and the optional 20-inch wheels result in a bad ride. The interior is also the smallest of the three models and the infotainment system was slow.

In the end, the G90 came out on top as it has a good combination of performance, comfort, and space.

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Are The New Genesis 90, Lincoln Continental, And Volvo S90 Worthy Alternatives To Germany’s Luxo-Barges? 6
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Genesis, Genesis G90, Lincoln, Lincoln Continental, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo S90 on 11 6th, 2017


German and Japanese automakers typically dominate the luxury sales chart but Roadshow recently decided to check out alternative sedans from Genesis, Lincoln, and Volvo.

While they may not have the cachet of BMW or Mercedes, the Genesis 90, Lincoln Continental, and Volvo S90 have plenty to offer and cost significantly less than cars like the 7-Series and S-Class – though to be fair, despite their bigger size, they are mostly considered rivals to the 5-Series and E-Class.

Kicking things off is the G90 which stickered for $71,550. It comes equipped with a 3.3-liter V6 that produces 365 hp (272 kW) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque. Thanks to all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car can “hustle” while also emitting a pleasant exhaust note. Despite having an upscale interior with tons of space, the car was knocked for not having a touchscreen infotainment system and not supporting Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

The Lincoln Continental wasn’t much cheaper as it cost $70,940. That seems pretty pricey for a Lincoln sedan but the car features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that develops 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm) of torque. Despite being the most powerful sedan in the test, the reviewers noted the car isn’t “jaw dropping fast” and is the only one in the group to have a six-speed automatic transmission. However, there’s still a lot to like as the car comes loaded with technology and has tons of rear seat legroom.

The Volvo S90 was the cheapest of the three and cost around $66,000. Unfortunately, the model came with a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which was deemed unrefined. The engine was also the least powerful with 316 hp (235 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque but, on the bright side, it returns 22 mpg city and 31 mph highway.

That bad news doesn’t stop there as review notes sport mode ruins the driving experience and the optional 20-inch wheels result in a bad ride. The interior is also the smallest of the three models and the infotainment system was slow.

In the end, the G90 came out on top as it has a good combination of performance, comfort, and space.

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Hyundai Hires Another Ex-BMW Engineer To Develop Future Genesis Models 1
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW M, Genesis, Hyundai, Reports on 11 1st, 2017


Hyundai Motor has announced the appointment of Fayez Abdul Rahman as Vice President of Genesis Architecture Development as the premium brand lays out its plans for the future.
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Genesis Is Working On Opening Dedicated Showrooms 3
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dealers, Genesis, Hyundai on 10 3rd, 2017


An upscale brand demands upscale showrooms. And that's just what Genesis has in store (so to speak).
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New Genesis G70 Looks Appropriately Sporty As An Estate 27
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Genesis, Genesis G70, Renderings on 09 27th, 2017


While the four-door Genesis G70 was just announced to take on the likes of the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class, a sports wagon version would be needed in order to truly fight fire with fire over in Europe.
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Genesis Won’t Build Hatch To Slot Below G70 21
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Genesis, Genesis G70, Hyundai, Reports on 09 21st, 2017


Genesis says it has no intention of building a hatchback to slot below the new G70 sports sedan.
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Hyundai Development Boss Says BMW And Mercedes Waste Money On Useless Tech 19
Sep
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Genesis, Genesis G90, mercedes, Reports, Tech on 09 19th, 2017


Cars are increasingly becoming computers on wheels and that line is starting to blur even more with the advent of autonomous driving technology.
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