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Ford Grabs Three Slots for North American Car/Truck of the Year Finalists

VW, Chevrolet and Hyundai also up for honors.

by on Dec.09, 2014

The 2015 Ford F-150 is looking for a little redemption by taking top honors in the truck of the year voting.

Ford Motor Co. could be the company to beat in an otherwise hotly competitive automotive race. The Detroit maker landed three of the six eagerly coveted spots as the finalists for 2015 North American Car and Truck/Utility were announced today.

But Ford will face some tough competition from Chevrolet, Hyundai and Volkswagen, the other brands to be named finalists.

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The finalists were chosen by a panel of 57 jurors, all automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada. The same group will now select the winners, with the trophies set to be handed out next month at the North American International Auto Show. (more…)

First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

Maker looking to draw buyers from other luxury brands.

by on Jun.20, 2014

With the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, the automaker is looking to attract new luxury buyers wanting a good deal as well as plenty of opulence.

Hyundai has grabbed market share since the recession by offering consumers a little bit extra at a very attractive price that confounds the competition.

The South Korean automaker also is ambitious. So while it started out building small cars that stressed affordability and fuel efficiency, it has also shown a deft touch in the mid-sized and even luxury segments where it is challenging the premium brands such as Lexus, Cadillac, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz with the 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

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The Genesis is a large rear-wheel drive sedan that delivers distinctive styling, ample power, some of the very latest technology as well as solid ride and handling for a price, $38,000, that is less than what you would pay for an established luxury brand. (more…)

Hyundai Stepping up the Pace with Vehicle Debuts

New Genesis, Sonata expected to make an impact.

by on Apr.02, 2014

Hyundai is ready roll out the 2015 Genesis this month, while the Sonata will be available this summer.

After something of lull last year, Hyundai is preparing to replace two key vehicles, the Genesis and the Sonata, as it begins to pick up the pace of its product launches.

Dave Zuchowski, chief executive officer Hyundai Motor America, said the introduction of new vehicles was vital to Hyundai’s growth, following the 2008-2009 recession, “Our product cadence has been very aggressive and that’s contributed to our success,” he said. “We doubled our volume over the past five years.”

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Even though the company’s expansion was slower last year, Hyundai’s sales still grew by a modest 2.5%. In addition, Hyundai’s standing with customers has steadily improved and they are also quick to recommend the brand to others. (more…)

Hyundai Finds Religion with 2nd-Generation Genesis

Let there be light: Korean carmaker out to win over disbelievers.

by on Jan.13, 2014

Hyundai aims to take its big Genesis up a notch when the second-generation sedan reaches market. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Let there be light, said the Korean carmaker and, lo, there was, proving to the many disbelievers that Hyundai actually could build something more impressive than a low-priced econobox.  The maker’s first effort to move up-market with the mid-luxury Genesis proved one of the big surprises of the last decade, winning an array of awards that included North American Car of the Year.

But was it more than just a one-time fluke? That’s the question skeptics continue to ask – and which the question Hyundai hopes to put to rest as it rolls out a second version of the big Genesis sedan for 2015. got an early look at the new model last autumn but, like everyone else gathering at this week’s North American International Auto Show, we’re taking a closer look to see just how far the Koreans have gone the second time around.

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It doesn’t take more than a quick glance to recognize the answer is: quite a bit, certainly from a styling standpoint.  The original, 2008 Hyundai Genesis was a handsome enough car in a me-too sort of way.  This time ‘round, the Seoul-based maker is more confidently pushing the boundaries of its new Fluidic Sculpture design language – now dubbed version 2.0 — and to good effect. The 2015 Genesis doesn’t look a rip-off of anyone else’s styling.


Hyundai Moves Even More Up-Market with Gen-2 Genesis

Distinctive design, new features, improved ride and handling.

by on Nov.26, 2013

The new Hyundai Genesis, codenamed DH, will reach U.S. showrooms for the 2015 model-year.

In the beginning, there was Genesis.  The first effort by Hyundai to crack the luxury market was a shock to those who thought Korean carmakers could produce little more than econoboxes.  The big sedan – targeting no less formidable a competitor than the BMW 5-Series – went on to win the coveted North  American Car of the Year trophy after its debut in 2008.

In hindsight, while the original Genesis sedan was unquestionably a big leap for Hyundai, it probably wasn’t quite up to its European competitors.  Its design was generic, its ride was plush but hardly the stuff of a 5-Series when it came to flogging the Genesis around corners.  Value pricing was a critical part of the equation – much like the original Lexus models, nearly two decades earlier.

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But Hyundai’s aspirations are anything but modest.  During a recent visit to the maker’s R&D center in the Seoul suburb of Namyangju, senior company officials made it clear that they’re readying a number of additional entries into the luxury segment, including an update of their full-size 7-Series fighter, the Hyundai Equus.