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Genesis Amps Up its Game With New 3-Series Fighter

But Korean luxury brand still short in the SUV department.

by on Sep.19, 2017

Genesis steps things up by taking a shot at the vaunted BMW 3-Series with the new G70.

It’s already shown it can compete in the upper reaches of the luxury market, but now the upstart Genesis brand is taking aim at one of the most formidable competitors of them all: the BMW 3-Series.

Despite the kudos earned by the big Genesis G90 and mid-range G80 models, the brand’s new compact luxury sedan will have to do more than just load up on wood, leather and other lavish touches. It will have to demonstrate that Genesis – and parent Hyundai Motor Co. – finally understand what performance driving is all about.

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“G70 is the latest demonstration of our dedication to delivering innovative, customer-oriented vehicles,” said Woong-Chul Yang, vice chairman of the Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Division, as the new model was unveiled in Seoul. “We will continue to focus our R&D efforts on the development and expansion of the Genesis brand.” (more…)

Porsche, Ford Rated “Ideal” by Owners in New Study

Survey encompasses 54,000 vehicle owners.

by on Aug.23, 2017

Porsche was not only top brand but also had three segments winner with products like the 911.

Live with someone long enough and you’re sure to find some things you’d like to change. The same is true with a car, truck or crossover. Yet, some vehicles seem to come closer to the mark right from the moment they’re driven off the dealer lot.

Which ones? That’s what research firm AutoPacific Inc. set out to determine with this year’s Ideal Vehicle Awards. It’s based on a survey of 54,000 motorists who own 2016 and 2017 vehicles who were asked what changes they would make to those products. And Porsche and Ford were the brands that came closest to getting it right, right from the start.

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“Even the most satisfied owner would change something about their vehicle if given the opportunity,” said the research firm’s President George Peterson. “AutoPacific’s IVAs identify vehicles whose owners want the least amount of change – those that are truly hitting the mark with owners.”

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America’s Love Affair With the Car Hasn’t Ended, Finds New JD Power Study

“Many automakers are getting better at consumers what they want.”

by on Jul.26, 2017

Porsche led the latest APEAL study overall, three models, like the 911 also winning their segments.

It’s become conventional wisdom that Americans have fallen out of love with the automobile and would just as soon click on a smartphone app to call a ride-sharing service as actually own a vehicle.

But that doesn’t seem to pan out when you read the results of the latest APEAL study by J.D. Power and Associates. If anything, a summary of the report suggests “car owners’ love affair with new vehicle is stronger than ever.”

Power to the People!

“Many automakers are getting better and better at giving consumers what they want in a vehicle,” explained Dave Sargent head of global automotive research at Power. That’s especially true in mainstream market segments, he added, as “non-premium vehicles” add more and more of the safety and infotainment technologies traditionally reserved for high-line products.

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New Genesis G90 Tops Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Lincoln nabs brand lead away from Tesla.

by on Jul.07, 2017

The Genesis G90 was ranked the most satisfying vehicle by owners in a recent AutoPacific Inc. survey.

The G90, the flagship sedan for new Korean luxury brand Genesis, was ranked the “most satisfying vehicle” on the market in a new survey of U.S. automobile owners.

Barely a year old, the Genesis brand itself came in third in the 2017 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, the annual study conducted by consulting firm AutoPacific Inc. and Detroit-based Lincoln took the top spot among all brands in the VSA, toppling last year’s winner Tesla.

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Unlike studies that focus on quality – what is known as a things-gone-wrong study – the VSA attempts to “look at the big picture, which includes owners’ experiences with their vehicle’s quality and safety, but also goes deeper into the heart of the ownership experience,” said AutoPacific President George Peterson. (more…)

Genesis Hints at Future with Hydrogen-Hybrid GV80 SUV

Is this powertrain part of its future?

by on Apr.12, 2017

The Genesis GV80 Concept made its Tuesday debut at the NY Auto Show.

The challenge for a new automotive brand is to try to decide what you stand for and then get that message out to the public. In the case of Genesis, the new luxury marque does have the benefit of having a deep-pocket parent with plenty of design and engineering talent.

And that all comes together in the form of the GV80 Concept vehicle which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday afternoon. While it’s being billed as nothing more than a show car, officials with the luxury arm of Hyundai Motor Co. said key design elements – as well as some of the GV80’s technology – will make it into production.

What a Conceptt!

The marque’s first crossover-utility vehicle, liberally borrowing from the concept, will roll into Genesis showrooms “in about two years,” said brand boss Manfred Fitzgerald. And the GV80’s distinctive, quad-slit headlamps “will become a signature for the Genesis brand,” carrying over to all future models.

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Hyundai Belatedly Plugging In

Korean maker planning array of plug-ins, EVs and FCVs for Hyundai, Kia, Genesis brands.

by on Mar.31, 2017

Hyundai will roll out its first EV, the Ioniq Electric, next month, but plans a wave of new EVs.

Slow to charge into the electric vehicle market, Hyundai Motor Co. is about to get charged up, with an assortment of electrified models set to debut for the Hyundai and Kia brands, as well as the new Genesis luxury marque.

The three brands will add a number of new battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Hyundai also plans to launch an all-new fuel-cell SUV model next year that, it claims, will offer greater range than any hydrogen car now on the market.

Charge Up!

Hyundai has been slow to enter the electric vehicle market and is now racing to catch up. Key to its new program will be an all-new platform specifically dedicated to battery-based vehicles, the automaker said this week.

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Genesis Pumps Up the G80 With New Sport Edition

Gets G90’s big twin-turbo V-6 and minor facelift.

by on Nov.18, 2016

The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport will hit U.S. showrooms sometime next spring, officials say.

Genesis, Hyundai’s new luxury brand, soon will be pumping a little more muscle out of its G80 sedan. The midsize model will be offered with the same, twin-turbo V-6 found in the flagship Genesis G90.

With the biturbo 3.3-liter engine, the Genesis G80 Sport will make 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Current versions of the G80 turn out anywhere from 311 to 420 hp. While not the most powerful package, the lighter V-6 should add, as the name implies, a sporty lift to the mid-range model.

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“It drives like a bat out of hell,” suggested Erwin Raphael, the executive in charge of the Genesis brand for the U.S. market, during an unscheduled preview of the G80 Sport at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (more…)

First Drive: 2017 Genesis G90

Big car, big ambitions.

by on Aug.16, 2016

The 2017 Genesis G90 will take on such lofty competitors as the BMW 7- and Mercedes S-Class.

Say the name, “Hyundai,” and most folks are likely to think of a small econocar like the original Excel, or perhaps something a little larger and more modern, such as the Sonata. And that’s the problem the Korean carmaker has been struggling with as it has tried pushing into the luxury market with offerings like the Genesis and Equus sedans.

No wonder, then, that Hyundai decided to reverse course last year, announcing plans to launch a separate luxury brand that could more directly be positioned against established high-line competitors like BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

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The all-new Genesis brand made its debut earlier this year with the launch of the G80, a modestly updated version of the Hyundai Genesis sedan targeted against the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class. But now, the Koreans are set to put a halo around the new marque with the roll-out of the big Genesis G90. And we jumped at the chance to take the premium luxury sedan for several hundred miles of driving through the gorgeous mountains outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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New Genesis Brand Taking Cautious Approach to Growth

Flagship G90 to be one of six new models in the works.

by on Aug.11, 2016

The 2017 Genesis G90 replaces the old Hyundai Equus and targets the big Mercedes S-Class.

With the launch of the big G90 sedan, the all-new Genesis brand plans to take on some of the world’s toughest luxury competitors, products like the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The luxury arm of Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co., Genesis is nothing if not ambitious, with a total of six products scheduled to fill its line-up over the next five years. Those range from a compact sports coupe to a large SUV and tackle some of the luxury markets best-known entries, including the classic BMW 3-Series.

A Luxury You Can Afford!

The Genesis name has been around for almost a decade, making its original debut as the first luxury model from Hyundai itself. But after years of resisting plans to create a separate luxury division, Hyundai reversed course, last year announcing it would spin off Genesis and turn it into a brand of its own.

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Forget Leather and Wood; Automakers Struggling to Redefine Luxury

Focus shifts to the “total customer experience.”

by on Jul.21, 2016

Lincoln will increase its suite of customers services with the launch of the new Continental.

Leather, wood, a big engine and lots of chrome. Those have been the traditional signatures of a luxury car. But what happens when you can add those same features to an entry-level sedan? That’s a question high-line brands have been struggling to deal with as they face increasing competition from more mainstream manufacturers.

That new reality is forcing luxury marques to shift focus a bit. You’ll still find massaging leather seats on a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, open-pore wood on a BMW 7-Series, and a choice of high-performance engines for your next Audi. But you’re likely also to find a variety of new features and services designed, among other things, to simplify and speed up the car buying and service processes.

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What a Luxury!

“Because so many things that used to be considered luxury are now available across the line, the only way to differentiate yourself as a luxury manufacturer is to make the total ownership experience painless and seamless,” said Joe Phillippi, senior analyst with AutoTrends Consulting.

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