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  1. Hyundai Motor America Reports September Sales Best All-Time Tucson and CUV September Sales Three-Millionth Elantra Sold During the Month And Donated to a First Responder Hero in Baytown, Texas Genesis Sales Up 43 Percent FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today reported September sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 57,007 units, a 14 percent decline compared with the company's best all-time September in 2016. CUV sales continue to grow with both Tucson and Santa Fe up compared with a year ago and Tucson achieving a record September, up 38 percent year-over-year. The overall monthly sales decline continues to be attributed to a reduction in fleet sales that were down 37 percent from a year ago. SALES BY BRAND Sept-17 Sept-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Hyundai 55,271 65,399 496,638 584,980 Genesis 1,736 1,211 15,102 2,708 TOTAL 57,007 66,610 511,740 587,688 HYUNDAI BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "The Hyundai Tucson continues to be a standout with another month over 10,000 units, leading to our best CUV September of all time," said John Angevine, director, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "While our car-to-SUV mix is improving, it's still in an inverse position to the industry. Despite that, we've retained our retail market share for the year." September was a busy month for Hyundai with several significant product and technology launches, and corporate initiatives. On the product and technology front, the all-new 2018 Accent made its U.S. debut at the Orange County Auto Show, a new Rear Occupant Alert system was unveiled, Elantra was named highest in overall owner experience for vehicle technology by J.D. Power and the first SEMA display car was released, the i30N that successfully competed in the 24-hours of Nurburgring. Hyundai Motor America also welcomed its new president and CEO, Kenny Lee, opened more than 100 EV charging stations at its headquarters, gave its three-millionth Elantra sold to a first responder hero in Texas and is preparing a major announcement for its renowned Assurance program on Oct. 10. Hyundai Hope On Wheels, Hyundai's non-profit organization committed to the fight against pediatric cancer, launched its annual campaign in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September as well. Throughout the month, Hope On Wheels awarded 40 research grants to children's hospitals across the country, adding $8.5 million in critical funds to the field of pediatric cancer research. HYUNDAI MODELS Vehicle Sept-17 Sept-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Accent 7,379 7,495 44,641 62,200 Azera 237 419 2,611 3,775 Elantra 14,401 19,382 143,067 157,050 Equus 1 60 20 1,297 Genesis 4 845 1,132 21,663 Santa Fe 11,420 11,350 95,655 98,298 Sonata 9,889 15,347 107,718 155,279 Tucson 10,118 7,333 82,839 65,333 Veloster 685 3,168 10,526 20,085 Ioniq 1,137 0 8,429 0 GENESIS BRAND HIGHLIGHTS September Genesis sales totaled 1,736, a 43 percent increase over last year. "Our G80 and G90 sedan lineup saw strong demand as the summer sales season wound to a close," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "Additionally, we couldn't be more proud of the accolades our brand collected during that time. Our brand or products gathered awards from distinguished third parties like J.D. Power, AutoPacific and Strategic Vision while our product's safety capabilities were recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration." GENESIS MODELS Vehicle Sept-17 Sept-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD G80 1,367 1,201 11,856 2,698 G90 369 10 3,246 10
  2. The head of Hyundai's N performance division, Albert Biermann said luxury automakers are too focused pm technology that doesn’t give value to customers. “It’s all marketing, first of all. “How many people really buy it later on? Much of this exists for media, to give a hype, to show the technology level. But how many people really buy it later on?" said Biermann to Australian outlet Drive. “If the tech will fail, you’re just adding the burden to the buyer, right?” We can assume some of the tech Biermann is referring to are things like gesture controls for the infotainment system or perfume diffusers. Biermann also brought up the example of a camera that looks at the road and makes adjustments to the suspension, calling it stupid. “In our G90 you will not find any air suspension, or active roll-bars, or active whatever. A camera sensing the road, and this stuff. It’s stupid. We have a solid Hyundai steel platform, tonnes of high-strength steel – okay, it’s a little bit heavier than the other cars – and we have adjustable shock absorbers, and that’s it. We still outpace the S-Class in the double lane-change in the Consumer Reports. We almost beat the BMW, without all the fancy stuff,” said Biermann. Biermann explained that Genesis will be focusing on simple technologies to make them reliable. He said Hyundai's chairman, Chung Mong-koo said he wants all Hyundai and Genesis models to be “like new” after a decade on the road. On one hand, Biermann has a point. Luxury cars are notorious for being expensive to keep on the road, partly due to all the technology equipment fitted to them. On the other hand, those technologies are a big selling point on these vehicles. Buyers use these to justify the price and they are a cool party trick to show to friends and family. Source: Drive.com.au View full article
  3. Luxury automakers are going smaller to try and attract more buyers to their showroom. Already, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz have sort of vehicle and others are planning to launch one in the future. One brand you will not see join this crowd is Genesis. “I don’t want to comment on the moves of the others. We have a pretty clear strategy planned out with what we want to do. Therefore the sedan line-up is pretty complete with the G90, G80 and G70 (pictured above),” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Genesis’ senior vice president to CarAdvice. “Now going lower than that, like the others are – I don’t think that is in our playbook. Other brands, due to their history and where they’re going from where they are, they might think otherwise. We have so much still to accomplish, and so many white spots still on the map, if you will, so there is enough room for us to play it in the conventional way.” But that doesn't Genesis could see something added to their passenger car lineup down the road. Fitzgerald has said previously that a sleek grand tourer could happen. Source: CarAdvice
  4. Luxury automakers are going smaller to try and attract more buyers to their showroom. Already, Audi, BMW, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz have sort of vehicle and others are planning to launch one in the future. One brand you will not see join this crowd is Genesis. “I don’t want to comment on the moves of the others. We have a pretty clear strategy planned out with what we want to do. Therefore the sedan line-up is pretty complete with the G90, G80 and G70 (pictured above),” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Genesis’ senior vice president to CarAdvice. “Now going lower than that, like the others are – I don’t think that is in our playbook. Other brands, due to their history and where they’re going from where they are, they might think otherwise. We have so much still to accomplish, and so many white spots still on the map, if you will, so there is enough room for us to play it in the conventional way.” But that doesn't Genesis could see something added to their passenger car lineup down the road. Fitzgerald has said previously that a sleek grand tourer could happen. Source: CarAdvice View full article
  5. The head of Hyundai's N performance division, Albert Biermann said luxury automakers are too focused pm technology that doesn’t give value to customers. “It’s all marketing, first of all. “How many people really buy it later on? Much of this exists for media, to give a hype, to show the technology level. But how many people really buy it later on?" said Biermann to Australian outlet Drive. “If the tech will fail, you’re just adding the burden to the buyer, right?” We can assume some of the tech Biermann is referring to are things like gesture controls for the infotainment system or perfume diffusers. Biermann also brought up the example of a camera that looks at the road and makes adjustments to the suspension, calling it stupid. “In our G90 you will not find any air suspension, or active roll-bars, or active whatever. A camera sensing the road, and this stuff. It’s stupid. We have a solid Hyundai steel platform, tonnes of high-strength steel – okay, it’s a little bit heavier than the other cars – and we have adjustable shock absorbers, and that’s it. We still outpace the S-Class in the double lane-change in the Consumer Reports. We almost beat the BMW, without all the fancy stuff,” said Biermann. Biermann explained that Genesis will be focusing on simple technologies to make them reliable. He said Hyundai's chairman, Chung Mong-koo said he wants all Hyundai and Genesis models to be “like new” after a decade on the road. On one hand, Biermann has a point. Luxury cars are notorious for being expensive to keep on the road, partly due to all the technology equipment fitted to them. On the other hand, those technologies are a big selling point on these vehicles. Buyers use these to justify the price and they are a cool party trick to show to friends and family. Source: Drive.com.au
  6. Genesis' first all-new vehicle has arrived. Today at Genesis’ design center in Namyang, Korea, the G70 sedan was introduced. This model has a tough task ahead of it as the model will enter one of the highly competitive market segments, the compact luxury sedan. On paper, the G70 has a recipe that looks unbeatable. There is a fair amount of the New York Concept in the G70's design, which is a good thing. The front is reminiscent of the G80 and G90, but there is a little bit of aggression in the bumper and hood. The side profile is very similar to the current BMW 3-Series, right down to the fender vents. Around back is where we run into some trouble. We like the short rear deck, but someone pointed out that the G70's rear looks almost the same as the recently departed Chrysler 200 - an image we cannot get out of heads. Inside, Genesis went with a minimalist approach with little brightwork and no wood trim - similar to what you see in the Jaguar XE. Quilted leather upholstery is available. An eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard, and 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system is optional. The G70 will offer three engines at launch, 2.0L Turbo-Four: 254 Horsepower, 256 Pound-Feet of Torque 2.2L Turbodiesel-Four: 201 Horsepower, 324 Pound-Feet of Torque (Europe Only) 3.3L Turbo V6: 365 Horsepower, 376 Pound-Feet of Torque An eight-speed automatic will be standard on all engines, while a manual transmission with limited-slip differential will be on the options list. There will be the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. We'll learn more details about the G70 for North America early next year, possibly including price. Source: Genesis Press Release is on Page 2 GENESIS G70 RESETS EXPECTATIONS OF CUSTOMER-FOCUSED PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY September 14, 2017 – A new era dawned today as Genesis officially presented the highly anticipated G70 luxury performance sedan at the Hyundai·Genesis Design Center in Namyang. Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Division, key Genesis brand officials, and approximately 300 international automotive journalists participated in the activities. The G70 goes on sale in Korea on September 20th, with timing for its rollout in other markets to be announced soon. “The Genesis G70 is the latest demonstration of our dedication to delivering innovative, customer-oriented vehicles,” said Vice Chairman Yang. “We will continue to focus our R&D efforts on the development and expansion of the Genesis brand. It is a great point of pride to have Genesis showcase what a true luxury brand of Korean origin can present to our discerning customers.” The Genesis G70 is an athletic sedan characterized by its graceful and dynamic exterior styling; elegant and intuitively designed interior; choice of three different powertrains. Customers will be able to select between a turbocharged 3.3-liter gasoline V6, a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline I4, and a 2.2-liter I4 diesel models. The G70 also incorporates numerous advanced driver assist systems such as Highway Driving Assist (HDA), best-in-class safety with nine standard airbags and active hood function, and a high level of connectivity with server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao Corp’s artificial intelligence platform. Hot stamping methods and extended use of structural adhesives have been employed to enhance torsional rigidity and improve overall body stiffness. “G70 Seoul 2017” To commemorate this important moment, 15,000 people will celebrate the official unveiling of the G70 at “G70·Seoul 2017,” a global launch festival held on September 15th in Seoul’s Olympic Park. “The launch of the Genesis G70 is an important milestone for our brand,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Head of Genesis Division. “We deliberately chose Seoul, as this is our place of origin. This is where we are coming together with our customers and friends in the music industry to celebrate as a people’s festival.” “G70 Seoul 2017” is a brand celebration of Genesis and the new G70, featuring global music superstars Gwen Stefani, Andra Day and CL. While attendance is capped at 15,000, more than 80,000 people expressed interest in being part of the festivities. Completing the Genesis sedan lineup The G70 completes the Genesis brand’s sedan lineup, along with the G90 flagship and mid-luxury G80. The arrival of G70 further strengthens the Genesis brand’s presence in the global luxury market. In November 2015, Genesis launched and set out to compete with the world’s top luxury automakers as a Korean brand. To differentiate itself in the luxury segment, Genesis strives to make a positive impact in the lifestyles of its discerning customers through a progressive and innovative approach to performance and design excellence. Genesis launched the flagship G90 sedan in December 2015, followed by the G80 sedan in July 2016 in Korea. Since the brand’s inception, Genesis has sold more than 150,000 units, with strong performances in both Korea and the U.S. Genesis has also received many accolades, most recently, ranking highest among premium automakers in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), topping all 13 brands in the premium segment. The G70 marks the completion of Genesis sedan line-up and the brand will now start strengthening its lineup with SUVs and alternative powertrains. Genesis plans to roll out new products to expand its presence and coverage across the global market and six models are expected in its product portfolio by 2021. An Exterior with Genesis’ Unique Design Identity The all-new G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s design identity. Athletic elegance is represented in the exterior styling, as the car captures both beauty and tension, like an athlete poised to perform. Luc Donckerwolke, Head of Genesis Design, said, “At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sports sedan. This challenge required the highest skills and know-how. The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with its sensuous and tensioned muscular volumes.” The long hood and short front overhang, elegant roofline and assertive multi-spoke alloy wheels combine to form a sleek, dynamic profile, subtly highlighted by dark chrome aero trim. The hockey stick daylight opening and parabolic sidelines further express the unique design signatures of Genesis, displaying fast and dramatic energy with voluptuous forms and smooth surfaces. From the front and side, the G70’s prominent crest-type grille, character lines extending from the hood emblem, and pronounced air intakes communicate the muscular performance that the car is capable of. Two distinctive linear LED DRLs on each side of the large crest grille foreshadow the future Genesis signature quad lamps. In the rear, the LED rear combination lamps continue the quad lamp theme, while the raised trunk lid and compact bumper designs give the G70 a poised character. The rear lamps, evolved from the G80, have been stretched to the end of the rear to convey a wide and dynamic stance. A Sophisticated, Driver-Focused Interior G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects the thoughtfulness that drives the Genesis brand, with a priority on simplicity and an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability and the driver-focused packaging provides a comfortable driving environment, with intuitively laid out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel. Genesis designers employed premium materials throughout, including aluminum door handles, quilted leather door panels, metal speaker grills and high-quality soft touch surfaces. Nappa leather seats further add to the dynamic yet elegant interior. The G70 offers a wide range of unique and sophisticated color options that properly reflect global trends to meet client demand. Ten exterior colors are available: Platinum Silver, Carbon Metal, Marble White, Titanium Black, Racing Gray, Graceful Gray, Lapis Blue, Royal Blue, Blazing Red and Umber Brown. A new paint-finishing method separates small, evenly distributed aluminum particles and high luminosity colors, maximizing the brilliance of the exterior colors. The passenger cabin is available in five different colors: Obsidian Black, Sandstorm Gray, Velvet Burgundy, Tobacco Brown and Vanilla Beige. Two additional interior colors, which are Sports Gray and Sports Red will be dedicated to the G70 Sport and the high-end trim level for the 2.0T. Driving Character -- Agile Yet Safe, Dynamic Yet Quiet The G70 offers three powertrains – a 3.3-liter V6 gasoline turbo, 2.0-liter I4 gasoline turbo and a 2.2-liter I4 diesel. The 3.3-liter V6 turbo is the backbone of the enthusiast-focused “G70 Sport.” The G70 Sport is equipped with the Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine, with 370 PS and maximum torque of 52.0kgf·m. G70 Sport is a dynamic and powerful performer with 0 to 100 kph (62.5 mph) acceleration in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 270 kph (167/168 mph). Variable-ratio steering and electronically controlled suspension are standard to provide agile steering response and an optimal ride-and-handling experience. The G70 2.0 turbo gasoline model is equipped with the Theta-II 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine, with 252 PS and maximum torque of 36.0kgf·m. (Sports package: 255 PS) The G70 2.2 diesel model is equipped with the R 2.2 VGT engine with 202 PS horsepower and maximum torque of 45.0kgf·m. Dynamic performance features include: 1. Launch Control - Maximizes power control in acceleration mode 2. Rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering (R-MDPS) and multi-link rear suspension - Provides precise handling and comfortable ride 3. Dynamic torque vectoring system - Improves vehicle cornering control 4. Mechanical limited slip differential (M-LSD) - Allows safe driving capabilities in low friction road conditions such as rain, snow and ice The seat positions have been adjusted to lower the center of gravity of the car to maximize performance. To augment the driving experience, the Active Sound Design (ASD) system creates an aural character that reflects the engine load and driving mode settings. Noise, vibration and harshness have been minimized in the G70 through enhancements in multiple areas including vehicle body structure; exhaust system; sound absorption and isolation; suspension and body frame connection; and the design of the side mirrors and door sealing systems. The performance-focused sedan has been tested under the most challenging environments and surfaces in the world, including Death Valley (U.S.), northern Sweden, the Nürburgring (Germany) and the Alps (Austria) for driving stability, handling, durability and power delivery. Best-in-Class Safety Following the trend of the G90 and G80, the G70 offers the most comprehensive levels of safety in its class. Overall body stiffness and rigidity have been dramatically strengthened. The G70 has also been designed to help protect pedestrians – when imminent impact with a pedestrian is detected, its active hood function operates by lifting the hood to absorb shock and minimize the risk of injury. An unparalleled suite of advanced driver assist systems such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Blind spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Driver Awareness Warning (DAW) have been added as part of the ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ to offer the highest level of safety and convenience in its class. The FCA system provides added safety with newly developed technology designed not only to protect vehicles and pedestrians, but also cyclists on the road. It automatically activates emergency braking through integrated radar-camera sensors when detecting bicycles. ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ is the brand’s newly labeled advanced driver assist system package previously known as ‘Genesis Smart Sense.’ Genesis aims to receive the highest ratings from both international and domestic organizations including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Korea New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP). Exceptional Comfort and Convenience The G70 incorporates a diverse range of advanced technologies that deliver ultimate convenience and connectivity. An example includes the smart posture control system, initially introduced in the G90. When the driver’s body information is input, the system automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, outside mirror and heads-up display to the optimal position, ensuring minimal stress even on long journeys. The G70 provides a diverse range of advanced convenience and connectivity, including an 8-inch touch screen display supporting MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The G70 will also be the first vehicle in Korea to feature server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao’s artificial intelligence platform ‘Kakao I.’ For the best audio performance, a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system is available to provide an audiophile-level acoustic experience. Overseas product specifications in markets including North America, Russia and the Middle East are planned to be announced in early 2018. View full article
  7. The head of Genesis, Manfred Fitzgerald reiterated that the brand would not be getting N performance models. “I don’t think so right now,” he said to Motoring at the unveiling of the G70. We first reported that Genesis wasn't going to get any N models back in May. Fitzgerald's reasoning as to why Genesis will not see any N models is interesting, to say the least. He sees electrification as the equalizer on performance, making high-performance variants kind of moot as they might not be faster than the standard models. “Performance will not be on the same forefront of differentiator as it is today for ICEs [internal combustion engines]. Everybody is capable of doing an electric motor and putting it in a car, so the performance values will almost be the same. Nobody’s going to be interested in ‘A’ or ‘B’, so I think that will come down to a level playing field," said Fitzgerald. “If you look at the performance value of an electric vehicle today, there are a lot of ICEs that really struggle to keep up with that.” The countless videos of Model S sedans smoking performance vehicles on the dragstrip attest to this train of thought. But many will argue that outright performance is only one part of high-performance models. There is also the character, handling, and heritage these models have. Fitzgerald acknowledges this, but he sees a change incoming. One where tech and environmental concerns take the spotlight. “I grew up in that era… that was all right at the that time. I’m just looking forward to the future and I just don’t believe that that will still have the same power and same meaning as it did back then.” Genesis is working on two dedicated platforms for electric vehicles that are expected to debut in 2021 or 2022. Source: Motoring View full article
  8. No N Treatment for Genesis Models

    The head of Genesis, Manfred Fitzgerald reiterated that the brand would not be getting N performance models. “I don’t think so right now,” he said to Motoring at the unveiling of the G70. We first reported that Genesis wasn't going to get any N models back in May. Fitzgerald's reasoning as to why Genesis will not see any N models is interesting, to say the least. He sees electrification as the equalizer on performance, making high-performance variants kind of moot as they might not be faster than the standard models. “Performance will not be on the same forefront of differentiator as it is today for ICEs [internal combustion engines]. Everybody is capable of doing an electric motor and putting it in a car, so the performance values will almost be the same. Nobody’s going to be interested in ‘A’ or ‘B’, so I think that will come down to a level playing field," said Fitzgerald. “If you look at the performance value of an electric vehicle today, there are a lot of ICEs that really struggle to keep up with that.” The countless videos of Model S sedans smoking performance vehicles on the dragstrip attest to this train of thought. But many will argue that outright performance is only one part of high-performance models. There is also the character, handling, and heritage these models have. Fitzgerald acknowledges this, but he sees a change incoming. One where tech and environmental concerns take the spotlight. “I grew up in that era… that was all right at the that time. I’m just looking forward to the future and I just don’t believe that that will still have the same power and same meaning as it did back then.” Genesis is working on two dedicated platforms for electric vehicles that are expected to debut in 2021 or 2022. Source: Motoring
  9. Genesis G70 is Korea's 3-Series Challenger

    Genesis' first all-new vehicle has arrived. Today at Genesis’ design center in Namyang, Korea, the G70 sedan was introduced. This model has a tough task ahead of it as the model will enter one of the highly competitive market segments, the compact luxury sedan. On paper, the G70 has a recipe that looks unbeatable. There is a fair amount of the New York Concept in the G70's design, which is a good thing. The front is reminiscent of the G80 and G90, but there is a little bit of aggression in the bumper and hood. The side profile is very similar to the current BMW 3-Series, right down to the fender vents. Around back is where we run into some trouble. We like the short rear deck, but someone pointed out that the G70's rear looks almost the same as the recently departed Chrysler 200 - an image we cannot get out of heads. Inside, Genesis went with a minimalist approach with little brightwork and no wood trim - similar to what you see in the Jaguar XE. Quilted leather upholstery is available. An eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard, and 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system is optional. The G70 will offer three engines at launch, 2.0L Turbo-Four: 254 Horsepower, 256 Pound-Feet of Torque 2.2L Turbodiesel-Four: 201 Horsepower, 324 Pound-Feet of Torque (Europe Only) 3.3L Turbo V6: 365 Horsepower, 376 Pound-Feet of Torque An eight-speed automatic will be standard on all engines, while a manual transmission with limited-slip differential will be on the options list. There will be the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. We'll learn more details about the G70 for North America early next year, possibly including price. Source: Genesis Press Release is on Page 2 GENESIS G70 RESETS EXPECTATIONS OF CUSTOMER-FOCUSED PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY September 14, 2017 – A new era dawned today as Genesis officially presented the highly anticipated G70 luxury performance sedan at the Hyundai·Genesis Design Center in Namyang. Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of the Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Division, key Genesis brand officials, and approximately 300 international automotive journalists participated in the activities. The G70 goes on sale in Korea on September 20th, with timing for its rollout in other markets to be announced soon. “The Genesis G70 is the latest demonstration of our dedication to delivering innovative, customer-oriented vehicles,” said Vice Chairman Yang. “We will continue to focus our R&D efforts on the development and expansion of the Genesis brand. It is a great point of pride to have Genesis showcase what a true luxury brand of Korean origin can present to our discerning customers.” The Genesis G70 is an athletic sedan characterized by its graceful and dynamic exterior styling; elegant and intuitively designed interior; choice of three different powertrains. Customers will be able to select between a turbocharged 3.3-liter gasoline V6, a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline I4, and a 2.2-liter I4 diesel models. The G70 also incorporates numerous advanced driver assist systems such as Highway Driving Assist (HDA), best-in-class safety with nine standard airbags and active hood function, and a high level of connectivity with server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao Corp’s artificial intelligence platform. Hot stamping methods and extended use of structural adhesives have been employed to enhance torsional rigidity and improve overall body stiffness. “G70 Seoul 2017” To commemorate this important moment, 15,000 people will celebrate the official unveiling of the G70 at “G70·Seoul 2017,” a global launch festival held on September 15th in Seoul’s Olympic Park. “The launch of the Genesis G70 is an important milestone for our brand,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Head of Genesis Division. “We deliberately chose Seoul, as this is our place of origin. This is where we are coming together with our customers and friends in the music industry to celebrate as a people’s festival.” “G70 Seoul 2017” is a brand celebration of Genesis and the new G70, featuring global music superstars Gwen Stefani, Andra Day and CL. While attendance is capped at 15,000, more than 80,000 people expressed interest in being part of the festivities. Completing the Genesis sedan lineup The G70 completes the Genesis brand’s sedan lineup, along with the G90 flagship and mid-luxury G80. The arrival of G70 further strengthens the Genesis brand’s presence in the global luxury market. In November 2015, Genesis launched and set out to compete with the world’s top luxury automakers as a Korean brand. To differentiate itself in the luxury segment, Genesis strives to make a positive impact in the lifestyles of its discerning customers through a progressive and innovative approach to performance and design excellence. Genesis launched the flagship G90 sedan in December 2015, followed by the G80 sedan in July 2016 in Korea. Since the brand’s inception, Genesis has sold more than 150,000 units, with strong performances in both Korea and the U.S. Genesis has also received many accolades, most recently, ranking highest among premium automakers in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), topping all 13 brands in the premium segment. The G70 marks the completion of Genesis sedan line-up and the brand will now start strengthening its lineup with SUVs and alternative powertrains. Genesis plans to roll out new products to expand its presence and coverage across the global market and six models are expected in its product portfolio by 2021. An Exterior with Genesis’ Unique Design Identity The all-new G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s design identity. Athletic elegance is represented in the exterior styling, as the car captures both beauty and tension, like an athlete poised to perform. Luc Donckerwolke, Head of Genesis Design, said, “At Genesis, we shape fascination and desire with the passion, dedication and talent from our designers. We modulated all parameters from the Genesis DNA to tailor a sports sedan. This challenge required the highest skills and know-how. The G70 is designed to captivate all senses with its sensuous and tensioned muscular volumes.” The long hood and short front overhang, elegant roofline and assertive multi-spoke alloy wheels combine to form a sleek, dynamic profile, subtly highlighted by dark chrome aero trim. The hockey stick daylight opening and parabolic sidelines further express the unique design signatures of Genesis, displaying fast and dramatic energy with voluptuous forms and smooth surfaces. From the front and side, the G70’s prominent crest-type grille, character lines extending from the hood emblem, and pronounced air intakes communicate the muscular performance that the car is capable of. Two distinctive linear LED DRLs on each side of the large crest grille foreshadow the future Genesis signature quad lamps. In the rear, the LED rear combination lamps continue the quad lamp theme, while the raised trunk lid and compact bumper designs give the G70 a poised character. The rear lamps, evolved from the G80, have been stretched to the end of the rear to convey a wide and dynamic stance. A Sophisticated, Driver-Focused Interior G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects the thoughtfulness that drives the Genesis brand, with a priority on simplicity and an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability and the driver-focused packaging provides a comfortable driving environment, with intuitively laid out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel. Genesis designers employed premium materials throughout, including aluminum door handles, quilted leather door panels, metal speaker grills and high-quality soft touch surfaces. Nappa leather seats further add to the dynamic yet elegant interior. The G70 offers a wide range of unique and sophisticated color options that properly reflect global trends to meet client demand. Ten exterior colors are available: Platinum Silver, Carbon Metal, Marble White, Titanium Black, Racing Gray, Graceful Gray, Lapis Blue, Royal Blue, Blazing Red and Umber Brown. A new paint-finishing method separates small, evenly distributed aluminum particles and high luminosity colors, maximizing the brilliance of the exterior colors. The passenger cabin is available in five different colors: Obsidian Black, Sandstorm Gray, Velvet Burgundy, Tobacco Brown and Vanilla Beige. Two additional interior colors, which are Sports Gray and Sports Red will be dedicated to the G70 Sport and the high-end trim level for the 2.0T. Driving Character -- Agile Yet Safe, Dynamic Yet Quiet The G70 offers three powertrains – a 3.3-liter V6 gasoline turbo, 2.0-liter I4 gasoline turbo and a 2.2-liter I4 diesel. The 3.3-liter V6 turbo is the backbone of the enthusiast-focused “G70 Sport.” The G70 Sport is equipped with the Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine, with 370 PS and maximum torque of 52.0kgf·m. G70 Sport is a dynamic and powerful performer with 0 to 100 kph (62.5 mph) acceleration in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 270 kph (167/168 mph). Variable-ratio steering and electronically controlled suspension are standard to provide agile steering response and an optimal ride-and-handling experience. The G70 2.0 turbo gasoline model is equipped with the Theta-II 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine, with 252 PS and maximum torque of 36.0kgf·m. (Sports package: 255 PS) The G70 2.2 diesel model is equipped with the R 2.2 VGT engine with 202 PS horsepower and maximum torque of 45.0kgf·m. Dynamic performance features include: 1. Launch Control - Maximizes power control in acceleration mode 2. Rack-mounted, motor-driven power steering (R-MDPS) and multi-link rear suspension - Provides precise handling and comfortable ride 3. Dynamic torque vectoring system - Improves vehicle cornering control 4. Mechanical limited slip differential (M-LSD) - Allows safe driving capabilities in low friction road conditions such as rain, snow and ice The seat positions have been adjusted to lower the center of gravity of the car to maximize performance. To augment the driving experience, the Active Sound Design (ASD) system creates an aural character that reflects the engine load and driving mode settings. Noise, vibration and harshness have been minimized in the G70 through enhancements in multiple areas including vehicle body structure; exhaust system; sound absorption and isolation; suspension and body frame connection; and the design of the side mirrors and door sealing systems. The performance-focused sedan has been tested under the most challenging environments and surfaces in the world, including Death Valley (U.S.), northern Sweden, the Nürburgring (Germany) and the Alps (Austria) for driving stability, handling, durability and power delivery. Best-in-Class Safety Following the trend of the G90 and G80, the G70 offers the most comprehensive levels of safety in its class. Overall body stiffness and rigidity have been dramatically strengthened. The G70 has also been designed to help protect pedestrians – when imminent impact with a pedestrian is detected, its active hood function operates by lifting the hood to absorb shock and minimize the risk of injury. An unparalleled suite of advanced driver assist systems such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Blind spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Driver Awareness Warning (DAW) have been added as part of the ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ to offer the highest level of safety and convenience in its class. The FCA system provides added safety with newly developed technology designed not only to protect vehicles and pedestrians, but also cyclists on the road. It automatically activates emergency braking through integrated radar-camera sensors when detecting bicycles. ‘Genesis Active Safety Control’ is the brand’s newly labeled advanced driver assist system package previously known as ‘Genesis Smart Sense.’ Genesis aims to receive the highest ratings from both international and domestic organizations including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Korea New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP). Exceptional Comfort and Convenience The G70 incorporates a diverse range of advanced technologies that deliver ultimate convenience and connectivity. An example includes the smart posture control system, initially introduced in the G90. When the driver’s body information is input, the system automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, outside mirror and heads-up display to the optimal position, ensuring minimal stress even on long journeys. The G70 provides a diverse range of advanced convenience and connectivity, including an 8-inch touch screen display supporting MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The G70 will also be the first vehicle in Korea to feature server-based voice recognition technology, using Kakao’s artificial intelligence platform ‘Kakao I.’ For the best audio performance, a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system is available to provide an audiophile-level acoustic experience. Overseas product specifications in markets including North America, Russia and the Middle East are planned to be announced in early 2018.
  10. Hyundai Motor America Reports July Sales And Best Tucson Month Of All Time Tucson Has its Best Month Ever; Up 46 Percent Year-Over-Year; Surpasses 11,000 Units in a Month for the First Time Best July CUV Sales Hyundai Fleet Mix Under 10 Percent Genesis G80 Up 5 Percent Compared with Last Month FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today reported July sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 54,063 units, a 28 percent decline compared with the company's best July ever in 2016. The decrease is largely attributed to a continued reduction of fleet sales that were under 10 percent for the month. SALES BY BRAND July-17 July-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Hyundai 52,419 75,003 388,860 449,063 Genesis 1,644 0 11,563 0 TOTAL 54,063 75,003 400,423 449,063 HYUNDAI BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "While July proved to be tough for the entire industry, the Hyundai Tucson achieved another record-breaking month and our CUV sales were the second best in Hyundai history," said Sam Brnovich, executive director, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "We continue to substantially decrease our fleet sales and when the 2016 comparable is an all-time best month, it leads to an overall decrease. We have a positive outlook for the remainder of the year as our brand metrics such as consideration, opinion and dealer leads are strong. With the 2018 Sonata being well-received and the success of our CUVs, we are working hard with our dealers to increase retail sales for the year." HYUNDAI MODELS Vehicle July-17 July-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Accent 2,115 7,046 34,630 46,376 Azera 233 385 2,025 2,958 Elantra 13,287 20,629 113,539 116,935 Equus 0 119 19 1,154 Genesis 47 2,117 1,003 19,501 Santa Fe 12,749 14,336 72,761 71,772 Sonata 10,648 20,635 86,963 125,044 Tucson 11,257 7,728 62,964 50,392 Veloster 831 2,008 8,823 14,931 Ioniq 1,252 0 6,133 0 GENESIS BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "Genesis G80 and the G80 Sport performed well in July, up 5 percent compared with June, and G90 received significant recognition from two of the industry's most reputable third parties," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "Consumer response to the brand and our vehicles is a great indication that we are delivering on our promise of a new luxury experience that is truly resonating with customer's expectations." The Genesis G90 was recognized by two industry-leading third parties during the month -- Strategic Vision named the flagship as the highest quality vehicle in the luxury car segment, while J.D. Power rated it as the most appealing vehicle in the Large Premium Car segment in its U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study. Also in the APEAL study, the Genesis brand placed second among premium vehicles. GENESIS MODELS Vehicle July-17 July-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD G80 1,339 0 9,005 0 G90 305 0 2,558 0
  11. Genesis is slowly building out its lineup of vehicles with a compact sedan called the G70 coming soon, along with a variety of SUVs and a coupe. We now have an idea of the possible names for these upcoming models. Motor Authority has found various trademark filings done by Genesis for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. First up, Genesis has filed trademarks on GV60, GV70, and GV80. This is for their upcoming lineup of SUVs which first saw previewed the GV80 concept earlier this year at New York. Genesis has said their SUVs will use GV and a number for naming. We know that Genesis is working on a coupe that is due to arrive in 2020 and it could be wearing a GT nameplate. Genesis has filed trademark applications for GT60, GT70, GT80, and GT90. Finally, Motor Authority found a filing for the G60 trademark. This could possibly hint at a subcompact model of some sort. As with all stories dealing with trademarks, this doesn't mean vehicles will appear with these names. But we can count on some of the GV names appearing on future models. Source: Motor Authority View full article
  12. Genesis is slowly building out its lineup of vehicles with a compact sedan called the G70 coming soon, along with a variety of SUVs and a coupe. We now have an idea of the possible names for these upcoming models. Motor Authority has found various trademark filings done by Genesis for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. First up, Genesis has filed trademarks on GV60, GV70, and GV80. This is for their upcoming lineup of SUVs which first saw previewed the GV80 concept earlier this year at New York. Genesis has said their SUVs will use GV and a number for naming. We know that Genesis is working on a coupe that is due to arrive in 2020 and it could be wearing a GT nameplate. Genesis has filed trademark applications for GT60, GT70, GT80, and GT90. Finally, Motor Authority found a filing for the G60 trademark. This could possibly hint at a subcompact model of some sort. As with all stories dealing with trademarks, this doesn't mean vehicles will appear with these names. But we can count on some of the GV names appearing on future models. Source: Motor Authority
  13. Hyundai has been selling the Genesis sedan (what we know as the G80) in the United Kingdom since 2015 and has recently been axed. The reason? Hyundai only sold 50 Genesis sedans - not 500, but just 50. "The Genesis was never built for the European market, it was conceived for the Korean and American markets. It shows a saloon car with a 3.8-litre engine is not really what is demanded in Europe, and in particular in the UK," said Hyundai UK managing director Tony Whitehorn to Autocar. "We brought it in as much just to sample it: lots of people told us they’d driven a Genesis in America and liked it. It was also available in Australia and had done well there, so it was engineered in right-hand-drive. So we thought fine, let’s trial it and see how it goes." At the moment, it is unclear if and when Hyundai will launch the Genesis brand but current thinking has it further out than the original 2018 launch it had planned. If Hyundai decides to send Genesis into the U.K., the upcoming SUV will likely be the launch model. Source: Autocar View full article
  14. Hyundai Pulls Genesis Sedan from UK

    Hyundai has been selling the Genesis sedan (what we know as the G80) in the United Kingdom since 2015 and has recently been axed. The reason? Hyundai only sold 50 Genesis sedans - not 500, but just 50. "The Genesis was never built for the European market, it was conceived for the Korean and American markets. It shows a saloon car with a 3.8-litre engine is not really what is demanded in Europe, and in particular in the UK," said Hyundai UK managing director Tony Whitehorn to Autocar. "We brought it in as much just to sample it: lots of people told us they’d driven a Genesis in America and liked it. It was also available in Australia and had done well there, so it was engineered in right-hand-drive. So we thought fine, let’s trial it and see how it goes." At the moment, it is unclear if and when Hyundai will launch the Genesis brand but current thinking has it further out than the original 2018 launch it had planned. If Hyundai decides to send Genesis into the U.K., the upcoming SUV will likely be the launch model. Source: Autocar
  15. Hyundai Motor America Reports June Sales And Third Straight Month Of Retail Sales Growth Retail Sales Up Year-Over-Year Tucson Sales Achieve a 39 Percent Increase Compared with June 2016 Consumer Consideration of the Hyundai Brand at an All-Time High in 2017 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today reported June sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 54,507 units, a 19 percent decrease compared with the all-time June sales record set last year. Retail sales increased for the third straight month, up more than 1 percent in June, while a reduction in fleet sales led to the overall decline. SALES BY BRAND June-17 June-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Hyundai 52,894 67,511 336,441 374,060 Genesis 1,613 0 9,919 0 TOTAL 54,507 67,511 346,360 374,060 HYUNDAI BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "June was the second month in a row we've cut back significantly on fleet sales and seen a rise in retail sales in an industry that is down on the year," said Sam Brnovich, executive director, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "Tucson continues to draw CUV buyers in its competitive segment and achieved another substantial increase in June. With Ioniq demand exceeding our expectations and the 2018 Sonata hitting dealers shortly, we are poised to close the year strong and pick up retail market share." Accent sales lead the month, up 60 percent year-over-year with 5,028 sold Tucson sales are up 39 percent, totaling 10,000 sold Elantra retail sales up year-over-year Strong consumer demand for Ioniq continues with 1,406 sold Hyundai brand opinion at an all-time high in 2017 HYUNDAI MODELS Vehicle June-17 June-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Accent 5,028 3,139 32,515 39,330 Azera 241 340 1,792 2,573 Elantra 13,297 22,414 100,252 96,306 Equus 2 131 19 1,035 Genesis 66 2,395 956 17,384 Santa Fe 12,586 18,337 60,012 57,436 Sonata 9,547 11,862 76,315 104,409 Tucson 10,000 7,193 51,707 42,664 Veloster 721 1,700 7,992 12,923 Ioniq 1,406 0 4,881 0 GENESIS BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "In June, G90 was the top overall vehicle in AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Awards and the Genesis brand was the highest ranked premium nameplate in J.D. Power IQS," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "These recognitions are important indications that we are respecting our customers and delivering on our promise of a new luxury experience." GENESIS MODELS Vehicle June-17 June-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD G80 1,276 0 7,666 0 G90 337 0 2,253 0
  16. May 2017: Hyundai Motor America

    Hyundai Motor America Reports May Sales And Best Tucson Month Of All Time Retail Sales up 10 Percent Year-Over-Year Fleet Mix Under 10 Percent in May Ioniq up 39 Percent Compared with April Genesis G80 and G90 Sales Up 25 Percent Compared with April FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today reported May sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 60,011 units, a decline of 15 percent compared with May 2016. Retail sales for the month were strong with the overall decline attributed to a temporary reduction in fleet deliveries compared with May of last year. SALES BY BRAND May-17 May-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Hyundai 58,259 71,006 283,547 306,549 Genesis 1,752 0 8,306 0 TOTAL 60,011 71,006 291,853 306,549 HYUNDAI BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "In May, we continued our positive retail sales momentum on the core products in our lineup—Sonata, Elantra, Tucson and Santa Fe—which all saw increases compared to last year," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor America. All-time Tucson monthly sales mark, eclipsing the record from just last month Tucson sales up 44 percent, totaling 10,600 sold Positive consumer demand for Ioniq which sold 1,827 vehicles, up 39 percent over April as production and supply ramps up Accent sales up 6 percent year-over-year with 5,773 sold HYUNDAI MODELS Vehicle May-17 May-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD Accent 5,773 5,432 27,487 36,191 Azera 326 368 1,551 2,233 Elantra 16,407 22,168 86,955 73,892 Equus 1 123 17 904 Genesis 76 2,970 890 14,989 Santa Fe 9,844 14,732 47,426 39,099 Sonata 12,605 15,879 66,768 92,547 Tucson 10,600 7,369 41,707 35,471 Veloster 800 1,965 7,271 11,223 Ioniq 1,827 0 3,475 0 GENESIS BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "Genesis had a strong month in May, with sales of both G80 and G90 up 25 percent compared with last month," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "G80 Sport is entering dealerships now. We just launched it last week to an enthusiastic media response and we expect its enhanced performance and driving dynamics to resonate with luxury car buyers. Overall, G80 continues to perform strongly in one of the most competitive segments in the entire industry." GENESIS MODELS Vehicle May-17 May-16 2017 YTD 2016 YTD G80 1,355 0 6,390 0 G90 397 0 1,916 0
  17. Quick Drive: 2017 Genesis G80 3.8 HTRAC

    Over two years ago, I spent some time in then redesigned Hyundai Genesis. Unlike most of the test vehicles that come with everything minus the kitchen sink, the Genesis 3.8 I had was a base model with no options. It would prove to be “a damn fine automobile” as it offered many of items and driving experience you would expect in a luxury vehicle, minus the price tag. Since then, Hyundai has spun off Genesis into its own brand and the vehicle wearing this name has gotten a new one, G80. When it was dropped off for a week’s long evaluation, I had to do a double take since it looked exactly the same as the model I drove back in late 2014. It was only when I looked around and saw changes to the interior and the HTRAC badge on the trunk lid did I realize the wool wasn’t being pulled over my eyes. The name might be the only significant change anyone will be able to point out with the G80, as the rest of it is still much the same as the 2015 Genesis. The only real changes between the two are new a grille insert featuring a radar module and HID headlights. At least the interior is slightly different. Some new trim materials such as matte wood and higher quality leather upholstery help make the G80 become a special place to sit in. That higher quality leather is only available when you order the Ultimate package. One other item the Ultimate package brings is a larger 9.2-inch HD touchscreen with a revamped infotainment system. A handsome, yet simple interface provides one of most user-friendly systems we have ever come across. It doesn’t hurt there are multiple ways of controlling the system such as using the touchscreen, a control knob in the center console, or the redundant buttons on the center stack. A big downside to this system is there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. If you really want that, you’ll need to skip the Ultimate package and stick with the smaller 8-inch screen. I’m hoping this gets addressed with the 2018 model. Also, would it kill anyone at Genesis to add more USB ports?! There is only one in the entire vehicle which will cause arguments to happen on long trips. Otherwise, a lot of the traits that I liked in the previous Genesis remain in the G80 such as supportive front seats, roomy back seat, and high build quality. Power in my tester comes from a 3.8L V6 engine delivering 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic routes power to either the rear-wheels or in my case, an optional HTRAC all-wheel drive system. A 5.0L V8 offering up 420 horsepower is available as an option. Despite what the numbers say, the 3.8 doesn’t feel quick. A curb weight of 4,453 lbs for our test vehicle robs a fair amount of the V6’s performance. On the upside, the V6 is very refined with low levels of NVH. The engine also never feels like that it is running out of breath under acceleration. Fuel economy is disappointing with EPA figures of 16 City/25 Highway/19 Combined for the V6 HTRAC model. I saw an average of 20.4 mpg for the week. Genesis didn’t mess with the G80’s suspension tuning which is a very good thing. It still excels at smoothing over bumps and road imperfections. One improvement I would make is adding a little bit noise isolation. There was a fair amount of road noise that came into the cabin. If you’re looking for something exciting to drive in the class, I would say skip the G80. The soft suspension tuning leads to a fair amount of body roll when entering a corner a bit too enthusiastically. The price has crept up since the Genesis became the G80. Compared to the 2015 model I drove with a base price of $38,000, the 2017 G80 starts at $41,400. Add HTRAC and price creeps up to $43,900. Our test G80 3.8 HTRAC with the Premium and Ultimate packages came to an as-tested price of $53,800. Before you have a heart attack on the price, this is quite the value when you take into consideration what you get and the impressive build quality. But I think the best flavor of the G80 is with the Premium package. Skip the HTRAC AWD and you’ll end with a well-equipped luxury model for just a hair over $46,000. While Genesis is still trying to find its place in the luxury class market, the G80 shows that the brand is going in the right direction. Start with a good base and make some slight improvements to it. Yes, the G80 needs to lose some weight to help with the performance of the V6 and fuel economy. But if there anything I have learned with Hyundai and Kia, they are fast learners and make the necessary improvements. I wouldn’t be shocked if Genesis goes the same way. Disclaimer: Genesis Provided the G80, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Genesis Model: G80 Trim: 3.8 HTRAC Engine: 3.8L DOHC 24-valve V6 with CVVT Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 311 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 293 @ 5,000 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/25/19 Curb Weight: 4,453 lbs Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea Base Price: $43,900 As Tested Price: $53,800 (Includes $960.00 Destination Charge) Options: Premium Package - $4,750.00 Ultimate Package - $4,200.00
  18. Over two years ago, I spent some time in then redesigned Hyundai Genesis. Unlike most of the test vehicles that come with everything minus the kitchen sink, the Genesis 3.8 I had was a base model with no options. It would prove to be “a damn fine automobile” as it offered many of items and driving experience you would expect in a luxury vehicle, minus the price tag. Since then, Hyundai has spun off Genesis into its own brand and the vehicle wearing this name has gotten a new one, G80. When it was dropped off for a week’s long evaluation, I had to do a double take since it looked exactly the same as the model I drove back in late 2014. It was only when I looked around and saw changes to the interior and the HTRAC badge on the trunk lid did I realize the wool wasn’t being pulled over my eyes. The name might be the only significant change anyone will be able to point out with the G80, as the rest of it is still much the same as the 2015 Genesis. The only real changes between the two are new a grille insert featuring a radar module and HID headlights. At least the interior is slightly different. Some new trim materials such as matte wood and higher quality leather upholstery help make the G80 become a special place to sit in. That higher quality leather is only available when you order the Ultimate package. One other item the Ultimate package brings is a larger 9.2-inch HD touchscreen with a revamped infotainment system. A handsome, yet simple interface provides one of most user-friendly systems we have ever come across. It doesn’t hurt there are multiple ways of controlling the system such as using the touchscreen, a control knob in the center console, or the redundant buttons on the center stack. A big downside to this system is there is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. If you really want that, you’ll need to skip the Ultimate package and stick with the smaller 8-inch screen. I’m hoping this gets addressed with the 2018 model. Also, would it kill anyone at Genesis to add more USB ports?! There is only one in the entire vehicle which will cause arguments to happen on long trips. Otherwise, a lot of the traits that I liked in the previous Genesis remain in the G80 such as supportive front seats, roomy back seat, and high build quality. Power in my tester comes from a 3.8L V6 engine delivering 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic routes power to either the rear-wheels or in my case, an optional HTRAC all-wheel drive system. A 5.0L V8 offering up 420 horsepower is available as an option. Despite what the numbers say, the 3.8 doesn’t feel quick. A curb weight of 4,453 lbs for our test vehicle robs a fair amount of the V6’s performance. On the upside, the V6 is very refined with low levels of NVH. The engine also never feels like that it is running out of breath under acceleration. Fuel economy is disappointing with EPA figures of 16 City/25 Highway/19 Combined for the V6 HTRAC model. I saw an average of 20.4 mpg for the week. Genesis didn’t mess with the G80’s suspension tuning which is a very good thing. It still excels at smoothing over bumps and road imperfections. One improvement I would make is adding a little bit noise isolation. There was a fair amount of road noise that came into the cabin. If you’re looking for something exciting to drive in the class, I would say skip the G80. The soft suspension tuning leads to a fair amount of body roll when entering a corner a bit too enthusiastically. The price has crept up since the Genesis became the G80. Compared to the 2015 model I drove with a base price of $38,000, the 2017 G80 starts at $41,400. Add HTRAC and price creeps up to $43,900. Our test G80 3.8 HTRAC with the Premium and Ultimate packages came to an as-tested price of $53,800. Before you have a heart attack on the price, this is quite the value when you take into consideration what you get and the impressive build quality. But I think the best flavor of the G80 is with the Premium package. Skip the HTRAC AWD and you’ll end with a well-equipped luxury model for just a hair over $46,000. While Genesis is still trying to find its place in the luxury class market, the G80 shows that the brand is going in the right direction. Start with a good base and make some slight improvements to it. Yes, the G80 needs to lose some weight to help with the performance of the V6 and fuel economy. But if there anything I have learned with Hyundai and Kia, they are fast learners and make the necessary improvements. I wouldn’t be shocked if Genesis goes the same way. Disclaimer: Genesis Provided the G80, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Genesis Model: G80 Trim: 3.8 HTRAC Engine: 3.8L DOHC 24-valve V6 with CVVT Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 311 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 293 @ 5,000 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/25/19 Curb Weight: 4,453 lbs Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea Base Price: $43,900 As Tested Price: $53,800 (Includes $960.00 Destination Charge) Options: Premium Package - $4,750.00 Ultimate Package - $4,200.00 View full article
  19. Hyundai Motor America Reports Best Tucson Sales Month In Company History April Sales of 63,050 Vehicles; Up 1 Percent Overall Best Combined CUV/SUV April Ever Elantra and Sonata Also See Increases in April FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today set an all-time mark for monthly Tucson sales and along with increased demand for Elantra, Sonata and the Santa Fe family led to sales of 63,050 vehicles in April, an overall increase of 1 percent compared with April 2016. "Consumers are finding that within the heart of the Hyundai lineup there is a vehicle ideally suited for their needs and lifestyles," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor America. "Hyundai's car-to-CUV/SUV mix is improving and our 'Better Than Ever Sales' event is increasing consumer demand for Hyundai cars." HYUNDAI BRAND HIGHLIGHTS Tucson up 29 percent with 9,952 vehicles sold Santa Fe family sales totaled 9,480, up 33 percent Elantra sales totaled 16,346; up 32 percent Sonata sales up 7 percent with 16,294 vehicles sold; 2018 Sonata being pulled ahead to meet demand All-new Hyundai IONIQ gaining momentum with increased dealer inventory Hyundai consumer consideration and brand opinion reach all-time highs in Q1 GENESIS BRAND HIGHLIGHTS "As we continue to focus on building the Genesis brand, we've achieved significant improvements in unaided awareness, consumer opinion, and proud-to-own data in the first quarter of the year," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "We've also received many positive responses from both consumers and media who have driven the G80 and G90 and we are continuing to grow our position in the luxury car market." SALES BY BRAND APRIL/2017 APRIL/2016 CY/2017 CY/2016 HYUNDAI 61,651 62,213 225,288 235,543 GENESIS 1,399 0 6,554 0 TOTAL 63,050 62,213 231,842 235,543 HYUNDAI MODELS CARLINE APRIL/2017 APRIL/2016 CY/2017 CY/2016 ACCENT 6,951 12,933 21,714 30,759 SONATA 16,294 15,211 54,163 76,668 ELANTRA 16,346 12,361 70,548 51,724 SANTA FE 9,480 7,150 37,582 24,367 AZERA 273 510 1,225 1,865 TUCSON 9,952 7,718 31,107 28,102 VELOSTER 923 2,792 6,471 9,258 IONIQ 1,316 0 1,648 0 GENESIS 116 3,374 814 12,019 EQUUS 0 164 16 781 GENESIS MODELS CARLINE APRIL/2017 APRIL/2016 CY/2017 CY/2016 G80 1,083 0 5,035 0 G90 316 0 1,519 0
  20. As Genesis begins to find its feet and start building out its lineup, its focus will be building up credibility as a competitor to the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. Worrying about volume and sales expectations will not be a high priority. “It’s about establishing a brand, establishing a credible brand,” said Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald to CarAdvice. “We are in here definitely not to lose money, but I couldn’t tell you [about volume expectations] because it’s not our priority, because if I was thinking about that it would be something distracting and what might have caused the wrong answers to some of the questions here. So we are focused on showing our competence in design and also what we can deliver to the customer in terms of service and experience.” Currently, Genesis' lineup is comprised of the G80 midsize sedan and G90 flagship. In the coming years, the brand will launch the G70 compact sedan, two crossovers, and a GT coupe. One vehicle you will not see coming from Genesis is a supercar or a high-end performance car. “I might not be your typical marketing guy, I don’t believe in target groups, I believe in doing great models and creating great products – and hopefully there will be many people that love them and fall in love with them and that’s it. If you need a halo vehicle? That’s not our spiel.” Source: CarAdvice Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears View full article
  21. Genesis To Focus On Credibility, Not Volume

    As Genesis begins to find its feet and start building out its lineup, its focus will be building up credibility as a competitor to the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. Worrying about volume and sales expectations will not be a high priority. “It’s about establishing a brand, establishing a credible brand,” said Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald to CarAdvice. “We are in here definitely not to lose money, but I couldn’t tell you [about volume expectations] because it’s not our priority, because if I was thinking about that it would be something distracting and what might have caused the wrong answers to some of the questions here. So we are focused on showing our competence in design and also what we can deliver to the customer in terms of service and experience.” Currently, Genesis' lineup is comprised of the G80 midsize sedan and G90 flagship. In the coming years, the brand will launch the G70 compact sedan, two crossovers, and a GT coupe. One vehicle you will not see coming from Genesis is a supercar or a high-end performance car. “I might not be your typical marketing guy, I don’t believe in target groups, I believe in doing great models and creating great products – and hopefully there will be many people that love them and fall in love with them and that’s it. If you need a halo vehicle? That’s not our spiel.” Source: CarAdvice Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears
  22. Hyundai Motor America Reports March Sales FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today reported sales of 69,265 for the month of March, down eight percent versus a record-setting March 2016. Hyundai Division posts sales of 67,510 units "Tucson, Santa Fe and Elantra were the bright spots for the month, while softness in the mid-size sedan segment continued," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America. "Ioniq models are now arriving at dealerships across the country, broadening our consumer base and appeal to a wide range of buyers." Genesis Division posts sales of 1,755 units "The Genesis brand gains momentum as G80 and G90s continue to arrive at dealerships," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "Sales were up for both models over February." SALES BY BRAND MAR/2017 MAR/2016 CY/2017 CY/2016 HYUNDAI 67,510 75,310 163,637 173,330 GENESIS 1,755 0 5,155 0 TOTAL 69,265 75,310 168,792 173,330 MODELS CARLINE MAR/2017 MAR/2016 CY/2017 CY/2016 ACCENT 4,349 7,879 14,763 17,826 SONATA 15,357 28,778 37,869 61,457 ELANTRA 25,063 17,505 54,202 39,363 SANTA FE 11,446 6,546 28,102 17,217 AZERA 380 508 952 1,355 TUCSON 8,985 7,830 21,155 20,384 VELOSTER 1,386 2,342 5,548 6,466 IONIQ 327 0 332 0 GENESIS 210 3,762 698 8,645 EQUUS 7 160 16 617 G80 1,347 0 3,952 0 G90 408 0 1,203 0
  23. Hyundai Motor America Reports Its Best January Ever FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today announced its best January ever, beating last year's record by 3.3 percent. Sales for January were 46,507. Hyundai Division posts sales of 44,689 units in January "Coming off a strong December, consumers' interest in our CUVs continued with the Santa Fe family up 53 percent and Tucson up 10 percent, a best January for both," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America. Hyundai's small cars played a role in setting Hyundai's best January, too, with Accent up 40 percent, the Elantra family up 33 percent and Veloster up 20 percent. Genesis Division posts sales of 1,818 units in January "The Genesis brand continues to build on the momentum set in December with sales up five percent over last month," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. SALES BY BRAND JAN/2017 JAN/2016 CY/2017 CY/2016 HYUNDAI 44,689 45,011 44,689 45,011 GENESIS 1,818 0 1,818 0 TOTAL 46,507 45,011 46,507 45,011 MODELS CARLINE JAN/2017 JAN/2016 CY/2017 CY/2016 ACCENT 7,062 5,050 7,062 5,050 SONATA 7,894 15,209 7,894 15,209 ELANTRA 13,185 9,885 13,185 9,885 SANTA FE 7,889 5,139 7,889 5,139 AZERA 278 409 278 409 TUCSON 5,748 5,218 5,748 5,218 VELOSTER 2,438 2,023 2,438 2,023 GENESIS 186 1,907 186 1,907 EQUUS 5 171 5 171 G80 1,350 n/a 1,350 n/a G90 468 n/a 468 n/a
  24. Hyundai Motor America Reports Record November Sales FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Led by CUVs and Hyundai's smallest cars, Accent and Veloster, Hyundai had its best November ever, with overall sales of 62,507, up four percent over one year ago. Hyundai Division posts sales of 61,201 units "With gas prices remaining relatively low throughout the year and a rather robust economy, our Tucson and Santa Fe CUVs, with sales up 10 and 18 percent, respectively, continue to be the shining stars in the Hyundai line-up," said Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales for Hyundai Motor America. Genesis Division posts sales of 1,306 units "As dealers' inventory continues to improve, with more G80 and G90 models arriving weekly, sales for the brand were up nine percent over October," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. SALES BY BRAND NOV/2016 NOV/2015 CY/2016 CY/2015 HYUNDAI 61,201 60,007 707,485 698,202 GENESIS 1,306 0 5,215 0 TOTAL 62,507 60,007 712,700 698,202 MODELS CARLINE NOV/2016 NOV/2015 CY/2016 CY/2015 ACCENT 6,909 5,041 75,607 58,768 SONATA 15,363 16,732 185,614 190,483 ELANTRA 15,796 17,634 188,763 227,464 SANTA FE 10,786 9,156 120,395 108,616 AZERA 424 299 4,558 5,181 TUCSON 7,616 6,906 81,037 55,280 VELOSTER 3,721 2,204 27,354 21,999 GENESIS 560 1,837 22,804 28,280 EQUUS 26 198 1,353 2,131 G80 1,005 n/a 4,812 n/a G90 301 n/a 403 n/a
  25. Genesis is rolling out more improvements for the G80 at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The big news is the introduction of the 2018 G80 3.3T Sport. This will slot between the base 3.8L V6 and top 5.0L V8 models. Under the hood is a 3.3L Biturbo V6 used in the larger G90 sedan. Output is rated at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission and the choice of either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Other mechanical changes include a continuous damping control system for the suspension to improve ride and handling characteristics, and larger rear brakes with ventilated discs. The exterior has been sharpened with new lower front and rear fascias, dark chrome crosshatch grille with a copper-colored trim surround, and a set of 19-inch dark alloy wheels. The Sport gets two exclusive colors; Polar Ice and Sevilla Red. For the interior, Genesis has added leather sport seats, a thicker rim for the steering wheel, aluminum pedals, carbon fiber trim, and a microfiber suede headliner. Genesis isn't stopping there. The 2018 G80 3.8 and 5.0 models will get a light exterior refresh which is comprised of updated front bumper and grille, and new alloy wheels. Inside, there will be new aluminum and wood finshes. Also, all models will feature wireless charging for your devices, and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2018 G80 lineup will arrive at Genesis dealers next spring. Source: Genesis Press Release is on Page 2 GENESIS DEBUTS 2018 G80 SPORT TRIM WITH 3.3-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE STYLING Three refined engine options: 5.0-liter V8,3.8-liter V6 and all-new 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 New 3.3T Sport trim delivers dynamic performance, sport styling and ultimate comfort and convenience with class-leading features Added safety features for 2018 provide segment-leading standardized suite of safety technology unrivaled in the mid-luxury segment BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 – Genesis today introduced the all-new 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport trim, which will be on display at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The G80 3.3T Sport builds on the refined performance of the popular Genesis G80 and adds a powerful new 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 engine plus unique sport performance upgrades delivering improved driving dynamics and sport agility. In addition, distinctive styling elements and features visually differentiate the new 3.3T Sport from the rest of the enhanced Genesis G80 model line-up. The 2018 Genesis G80 is scheduled to arrive in the Spring of 2017. 2018 GENESIS G80 3.3T SPORT HIGHLIGHTS: Powered by a new 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine and sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire technology Horsepower: 365 @ 6,000 rpm Torque: 376 @ 1,300-4,500 rpm Continuous Damping Control suspension for enhanced vehicle dynamics and superior ride quality Distinctive sport designed exterior with dark chrome trim and Genesis signature copper-colored accents Leather sport seats and steering wheel with copper contrast stitching Genuine carbon fiber interior trim and aluminum sport pedals Unique 19-inch dark alloy wheels Two exclusive colors: Polar Ice & Sevilla Red Well-equipped standard safety technology and convenience features* including: 9.2-inch touchscreen navigation system with DIS multi-media controller Multi-view camera Full LED headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) Lexicon® Premium Sound System with 17 speakers includes QuantumLogic® Surround Sound and Clari-Fi® music restoration technology Wireless device charging (Qi standard) *New features available on 3.8 and standard on 5.0 models “The G80 3.3T Sport reflects our continual commitment to provide drivers with compelling vehicles that meet their individual needs,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. “By extending the G80 model line-up beyond the 3.8 and 5.0-liter engines, the 3.3T Sport expands G80’s range of pure performance capability and competitiveness within the mid-luxury sedan segment.” The G80 Sport is powered by a 3.3-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine boasting 365 horsepower, and is paired with a sport-tuned version of the same eight-speed automatic transmission equipped on both the 3.8 and 5.0 models. New shift-by-wire technology is standard on the Sport. In addition, the G80 3.3T Sport features an upgraded suspension system with continuous damping control to provide superior vehicle dynamics and ride compliance. An augmented rear brake set-up with ventilated rear discs brings the Sport to a halt to complete this confident and exhilarating driving performance package. Exclusive sport exterior enhancements and Genesis signature copper-colored styling elements visually distinguish the 3.3T Sport from the other G80 trims and purvey its performance credentials. The G80 Sport features a bold, cross-hatch design dark chrome grille, sport rocker moldings and unique lower front and rear fascia designs for an aggressive sport appearance. Large 19-inch dark alloy wheels plus additional dark satin trim details accent the vehicle’s exterior design. The sport details continue inside the cabin where the driver is presented with sport pedals and a thick, sport-designed steering wheel. Generously bolstered sport seats with contrast stitching embrace the driver, and are offered in either black or gray leather. A rich, black microfiber suede headliner and genuine carbon fiber interior trim finish the cabin’s interior environment. Two exclusive colors are available on the G80 3.3T Sport, Polar Ice and Sevilla Red, in addition to Casablanca White, Caspian Black and Himalayan Gray. All 2018 Genesis G80s benefit from the latest in multimedia and connectivity technology, including standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ support plus available wireless device charging. Both the G80 3.8 and 5.0 also receive an exterior freshening that features a redesigned front bumper with a refreshed grille and new rear undercover. A new, standard 18-inch alloy wheel design on the 3.8 adds a modern update to the vehicle’s sleek side profile appearance. On the inside, well-designed interior enhancements and high-grade materials including genuine aluminum and new matte-wood finishes refresh the G80’s luxurious interior cabin. 018 GENESIS G80 HIGHLIGHTS (3.8 and 5.0): Updated 8-speed automatic transmission with available shift-by-wire technology (standard on 5.0 model) Refreshed exterior design: headlights, lower front grille, front and rear fascia New, standard 18-inch wheel design Interior enhancements including new instrument cluster, shift knob, rearview mirror, analog clock and premium speaker design New available genuine matte wood finishes: Paldao and Sapale wood Modern aluminum trim pattern Standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ plus additional front USB charge port Added Pedestrian Detection and Driver Attention Alert as standard safety technology Superior in-cabin noise levels and comfort with improved NVH enhancements View full article