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Hyundai to debut plug-in hybrid concept at NAIAS

Thursday January 7th, 2010 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Hyundai Blue-Will Concept
Could the Blue-Will kill the green Prius?

Hyundai has announced that its first ever plug-in hybrid concept will make its U.S. debut at next week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The concept is called the Blue-Will and was shown first at the Seoul Auto Show in March of last year. The car has a long list of technology that is new for the Korean automaker.

The Blue-Will will feature lithium-ion-polymer batteries that will allow the car to have a range of 40 miles in full electric mode. After the 134-hp electric motor runs out of juice, a 152-hp, 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder will help power the car. Hyundai claims the Blue-Will will achieve 55 mpg in standard hybrid mode and 106 mpg plug-in mode. A continuously variable transmission, which is now the de-facto transmission for fuel efficient cars, is included.

Much like the Prius, the Blue-Will will have solar panels mounted on its panoramic glass roof to help cool the cabin and recharge the vehicles batteries. The dye-sensitized solar cells will not hinder visibility as you look out the panoramic roof.

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec

Monday November 2nd, 2009 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-spec

Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe garnered a lot of good press and gearhead interest from the get go. And it seems to be fully justified and also understandable. The Hyundai Genesis is well styled (enough), rear wheel drive, and above all, reasonably priced. It’s a car that a young tuner-oriented kid can sink their teeth into, and there’s already a pretty decent aftermarket for the car.

And Hyundai just added a new wrinkle to the mix with its announcement that it will be making a Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec for 2010. With a starting price of just $23,750 and hitting the dealer showrooms fairly stripped down, that way being all the better for future customization by the end user, the R-Spec promises to be even more of what the aftermarket tuner wants.

Photo gallery of R-Spec after the jump
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SEMA 2009 – A Stampede From the East

Thursday October 15th, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

American muscle is dead. SEMA 2009 is quite possibly the final sunset into which the American pony car will ride. While it may be hard to see daylight fading in SEMA’s glare of eight customized Camaros sponsored by GM, or the usual herd of V8 tuners ready to add more excess, if you step outside the corral, you will find that the American pony car’s muscle no longer fits its market or our times.

Build a Camaro SS add the RS package along with a couple of options and soon you’re in the $40K stratosphere; hardly a reflection of the original pony car ideal of taking an inexpensive sedan chassis, adding some sporty lines with a powerful engine and keeping the price point accessible. Even though we see the current Mustang GT does a reasonable job of holding on to this heritage, it’s still a top end model and priced accordingly. The Challenger SRT may be retro fabulous, but is ultimately a ridiculous machine. Sure, these are halo models intended to help shift secretary specials, but something has been lost in translation so that the fast and furious versions are now priced to be garage queens and the intended market will look elsewhere for practical rear drive performance with flair.

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review – A Pony Car From the Far East

Tuesday October 6th, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: anson

2010 Genesis Coupe
By Anson Tse

Pros

  • Performance and value
  • Solid chassis and suspension tuning
  • Lots of standard features

Cons

  • Manual transmission setup needs more polish
  • V6 seems a bit more powerful on paper

Introduction

Hyundai has been making a pretty strong statement with its products lately. Remember the days of the Hyundai Excel? Well, times have changed. The new Genesis sedan has received accolades for going toe to toe with the best luxury sedans from Japan and Germany. Interestingly enough, Hyundai is on a mission to have pony car drivers watch out for the Genesis Coupe creeping up in their rearview mirrors. Being one of those rear wheel drive fanatics, it was time to see how the Genesis Coupe measures up.

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Hyundai Equus Limousine

Thursday October 1st, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Hyundai Equus

Looks like Hyundai is getting more and more serious as time moves along. Their upcoming Equus, a big sedan with a big engine, is pretty serious in and of itself, and has garnered lots of positive press attention. And now Hyundai is already rolling out variants on the upcoming flagship. In this case we’re talking about a Hyundai Equus Limousine that features not only a longer wheelbase but will also boast a new 400 HP 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood.

This new Equus limo, will also sport different exterior styling and enhanced safety, comfort and convenience features, which only makes sense, since limos are all about comfort and convenience, right. The Equus Limousine has it’s wheelbase stretched a whopping 11.8-in., which brings the overall length to a yacht-like 215-in., longer than its rivals like the Mercedes S500L and BMW 750iL. Wow, Hyundai is now rivals with Mercedes and BMW?

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Moms Speak Out About Safest Cars

Thursday May 7th, 2009 at 7:55 AM
Posted by: m35man

In honor of Mother’s Day (it’s this Sunday, so don’t forget people) I thought I’d do a mom-related car posting. In my search, I found a great Web site called motherproof.com. Let’s face it, mothers do a lot of driving. A group of women on motherproof.com take a look at the vehicles, road-test them for two weeks at a time, and then evaluate them based on performance and values. It’s a great idea. Who knows more about car safety than mothers do?

“We load the kids in, test out the latch connectors and the car seats, and the cargo space, and to really ensure that the car that we’re driving would really be a perfect vehicle for the people who visit our website,” said Sara Lacey, a mom-reviewer.

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Four New Cars From The Foreign 4 Knocking at the Door

Monday February 23rd, 2009 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: m35man

Acura-Mazda-Hyundai-Kia

Who would have dreamed a year ago that the big names at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show would be Acura, Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda? Who would have ever imagined that a U.S. auto show would be dominated by companies from Japan and Korea?

Everyone thought the Chicago Auto Show would be a great opportunity for the Big 3 to pull out the stops and put a positive spin on a bad situation. But, instead of a much-needed infusion of confidence, all the Big 3 got was an old-school whuppin’ at the hands of the Foreign 4.

While the Big 3 was busy taking private jets to Washington D.C., closing production facilities and laying off workers at an alarming rate, it seems that the Foreign 4 has been hard at work.

Sure, the Big 3 did unveil some great new cars. But, questions still remain. How quickly can they get these vehicles to market? Are they earmarking bailout money for these projects? (They must be.) But, while the Big 3 wonders, the Foreign 4 plunders, and that’s the name of that tune.

4 new cars from the Foreign 4: The 2010 Acura TSX V-6, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe R-Spec, the 2010 Kia Forte, and the 2009 Mazda MX-5 were displayed at the Chicago Auto Show.

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: R-Spec

Wednesday February 18th, 2009 at 7:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai’s upcoming Genesis Coupe has garnered quite a bit of press, hype and anticipation since it first came onto the gearhead radar. It’s interesting that a brand that was originally derided for being low rent by lots of the import crowd, now has a model that the very same people are all in a lather for. And their foaming is also understandable. Rear wheel drive and good styling can make you a lot of converts in the auto world.

And now the same group of people can get even more worked up, because Hyundai just revealed that the new 2010 Genesis Coupe will also come in R-Spec form.

R-Spec, for those of you that haven’t noticed is becoming the de facto way of designating the factory hot rod specials. I always blamed it on Porsche, but it’s the Asian manufacturers that have taken the nomenclature and ran with it the hardest.

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Hyundai CEO Says Big Changes Needed for Survival

Thursday February 12th, 2009 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: m35man

John Krafcik, CEO of HyundaiThe top executive of Hyundai Motor America declared that the auto industry must make some major changes if they hope to survive, including drastically altering its entire business approach, capping executive salaries, raising the bar on fuel economy standards and embracing environmental goals and federal mandates before the government steps in or decides to bail them out.

The Big 3 should listen to John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai. What he says makes a lot of sense. Had they been doing these things long ago, they might not be in the mess they’re currently in. We’ve gotten too big and bloated in this country; too complacent and too greedy–in the case of many CEO’s and top management—not just in making cars but in just about any form of big business you can think of.

What Krafcik was telling us is not anything new or revolutionary. The Big 3 must know these things as their viability discussions with the big wigs in Washington rapidly approach. What Krafcik outlined is basically what you would read in a book titled, “Car making for Dummies.”

Krafcik is in a position to speak intelligently on this topic. While car sales in this country are plummeting at lightning speed, Hyundai sales are up. It must be a real thorn in the Big 3’s side to have to listen to him, but they should—maybe they can learn something, even at this late date.

I know that a lot of people have been piling and criticizing just about everything the Big 3 does or doesn’t do, but in many ways, it’s well-deserved. If they had been forward-thinking and proactive in doing many of these common sense things, they’d be in much better shape right now.

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Lose Your Job—No Problem! Just Give the Hyundai Back!

Tuesday January 6th, 2009 at 12:11 PM
Posted by: goofshow

HyundaiIs this a sign that the end is very near? Desperate beads of perspiration must be breaking out on the brow of our nation’s auto industry. Get this, Hyundai Motors is offering an incentive program for U.S. consumers; if you buy a car and lose your job, you can simply return your vehicle—no flippin’ strings attached! I kid you not.

Here’s what they are offering: Any Hyundai customer may return a vehicle within the first year of purchase (12 months) and WALK AWAY from their loan obligation — up to $7,500 in “negative equity” — in the event of a loss of income. Terrific! I’m going to get a job at Burger King with the sole intent of being fired in a couple weeks due to a horrific, life-changing milkshake mishap just so I can temporarily have a set of Hyundai wheels to spin around in. It’s just like renting a car, but without the rental payment part.

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