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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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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.

Read the article from Kirk Bell, contributing author to CarReview and Search Chicago, after the jump:

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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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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe – First Ride. Not Drive, Just Ride.

Tuesday October 28th, 2008 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

Hyundai Genesis Coupe
By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Two raucous, high-po engine options
  • Shoulders more aggressive than a defensive lineman
  • Neck-snapping Brembo brakes
  • Sub-$30K projected MSRP

Dings:

  • Stiff ride
  • As of today, no planned navigation system option

Ruling: If this pre-production mule is any indication of what’s to come, even amidst a financial Pearl Harbor, Genesis Coupes won’t even make it off the transport truck before being sold.

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Hyundai Turns Blue at Paris Motor Show

Thursday October 2nd, 2008 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

Six new Hyundai models will make their international debut at the Paris Motor Show today. Designed at Hyundai’s European Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the new five-door i20 will be the highlight at the show. The i20 is due to be launched in Europe towards the end of 2008. Hyundai will unveil the i20 blue, the Santa Fe blue Hybrid, the new seven-seater ix55 luxury utility vehicle, the Genesis Coupe show car and the Genesis sports saloon.

More photos and video from the Paris Motor Show after the jump.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis Earns NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

Wednesday August 27th, 2008 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Hyundai Genesis

We knew that Hyundai’s inaugural entry into the luxury car market was good, but we were pleasantly surprised when Hyundai announced that the Genesis earned a 5-star crash test rating from the NHTSA. You can read our review of the 2009 Genesis HERE.

The Genesis is Hyundai’s first luxury car. The Korean automaker hopes to sell 50,000 units a year once the coupe joins the sedan early next year. The Genesis also is available with Hyundai’s first V8 — a 375 hp, 4.6-liter, 32-valve engine.

In July, the first month the Genesis was available, Hyundai sold 1,200 units. Following is the press announcement from Hyundai.

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2009 Hyundai Genesis Review

Friday July 25th, 2008 at 6:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

By Kirk Bell

2009 Hyundai Genesis

Pros and Cons

  • Lots of features for the dollar
  • Powerful engines
  • Luxurious interior
  • Capable handling
  • Plenty of front and rear seat room
  • No split folding rear seat
  • No steering wheel paddles
  • Limited seat adjustments
  • Ride can be bouncy
  • Pricey for a Hyundai

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