Showing posts with label hyundai. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hyundai. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

US version of the all new Genesis G90 sedan


 As you can see, this is exactly the same car that went on sale in Korea a while ago.
Looks like they didn't change a thing.
(They couldn't even figure out how to hide the horrible black plastic on the grille. Which I guess is for the laser cruise control)
It doesn't look bad. And it's certainly no more boring than an Audi A8.
But for a "new" brand, it just doesn't stand out. At all.

(I saw one in the flesh a couple of months ago in Joshua Tree. And I can tell you that the car is totally invisible...)


Same thing inside. Even though it's all new, it is already old fashioned.
It looks like (because it is) an old Korean executive's company car.

The previous Equus (sold as a Hyundai) started at $62 500. And I bet this, now being its own brand and all, will be more.
While it will still be a lot less than the German competition, it won't matter at all. Since German car buyers don't even look at anything else.

It will also cost a bit less than the Lexus LS.

But the new Genesis brand has zero image. While Lexus still has a highly regarded quality image.
And there is an all new LS coming out really soon.

It looks like they are trying to do what Lexus did decades ago. Offer a super luxury full size car, and a less expensive mid size one (G80)
I am sure the G90 is solid, super quiet and comfortable, fast and just plain nice an many ways.
But this is 2016. Not 1986. And the market for these things is shrinking every day. (sad but true)




So basically, all I can say to Genesis is: Good luck with that.

The true test for the Genesis brand will be their upcoming crossovers and SUVs...

Monday, June 20, 2016

 As you can see, the next Elantra GT will be, again,  the same car as the European i30. Which will basically be a hatchback version of our current 2016 Elantra sedan.
(with, maybe, a different dashboard)

That also means it will be a bit more conservative than the current model.
Which is a bit sad.
But, no matter what, the new one should prove more popular in the US. Since the market for hatchbacks seem to be expending here.

And the next one will be competing with many more models than before. Including hatchback versions of the new Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze.

Here is the current one. Still a really nice looking car.
Still fresh and modern looking...

Thursday, June 02, 2016

2017 Genesis G80




Basically a Hyundai Genesis with small revisions.
Which, I guess, is fine. Since it will be much more popular than the big G90 sedan, it will help the new brand.
The real news will be when they launch an all new SUV next year.
Since it will sell much more than any of their sedans. That model will actually put the brand on the map.
For now, they just have a rebadged mid sized sedan and the big giant luxury boat (almost) no one will actually buy.

Engines on the G80 are the regular 3.8 Liter V6 with 315HP  or a 3.3 Liter V6 turbo with 365HP.
The Turbo is available with a new Sport version of the sedan.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

2017 Hyundai Ioniq US version





Still a really good looking car. In my opinion.
I do hope this sells a lot and steals from the new Prius. With its inexcusable ugly design.

But.. The final specs aren't that great.

As mentioned before, there are there versions.
The regular Hybrid is powered by a 1.6 Liter engine and a 6 speed auto. A total of 139HP
No MPG specs yet.

The Plug-in version has a range of "more than 25 miles".
Sure, that is better than the new Prius Hybrid's 22 miles. But we are in 2016!
When a Volt gets over 53 miles on EV mode.
So this is kind of disappointing. Unless it is price really well. Which means much less than the Prius.

Finally, an all electric version is available.
With a 110 miles range. Again, not that great. It matches the latest version of the Leaf.
But an all new Leaf is scheduled for next year.
And the 200 miles Bolt is around the corner.
So again, pricing will be key. This needs to be cheaper than the Leaf equivalent.

The Ioniq seems really cool, but doesn't bring anything really new. Or more advanced than the competition.

At least it looks good.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Genesis Concept coming up.






Hyundai will show a concept version of their "3 series fighter" at the New York auto show in a few days.
No doubt it will look nice.
Since they usually have great looking concepts (Like that super good looking Coupe a few months ago)
Unfortunately, they also have a history of turning these concepts into super boring/uninspired production models.
I guess that coupe concept was supposed to be a preview of the new G90/Equus. And look what happened there...

So we can only hope...

As I mentioned before, they will first rebadge the existing Hyundai Genesis sedan as the G80 for the new luxury brand.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Upcoming Genesis SUV

I know this is NOT a good picture.
(This was sent to me from Europe and I am trying to get a better version of it.)

Hyundai has mentioned a couple of SUVs for the all new Genesis brand.
One full size and a mid size one.
On top of the new G80 sedan (A face lifted Hyundai genesis), a new coupe and an all new RWD compact sedan.
It all sounds pretty good.

I cannot tell if this is supposed to be the big SUV or the smaller one...(looks like it says XG something...)

We should see the real thing sooner than letter, since the large luxury SUV market is much more lucrative than the large luxury sedan market.
Jus ask Cadillac...

Friday, January 08, 2016

Thursday, January 07, 2016

2017 Hyundai IONIQ already looks 1000 times better than the new Prius.


I mean really, just look at it.
I mean I am usually not that "anti Prius". I just hate ugly things.
Toyota is always trying way too hard. They are so afraid of being labeled "boring".

The Hyundai could have looked a bit more futuristic. Sure. But at least it's tasteful.
I really hope it steals sales from the Prius.



 Same thing inside. The IONIQ interior isn't futuristic, but at least, the console doesn't look like a bathtub.
With a hybrid, plug-in and pure EV versions, I predict this will do really, really well.
Low gas prices or not.
(You would have to be stupid to think gas prices will stay the way they are now. )

It just seems to be a very nice car. One that can compete with the Prius, Volt and Leaf at the same time.




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hyundai Ioniq


More teasers of Hyundai's all new model.

Looking really nice. And not weird at all. I really think it will steal sales from the new weirdo Prius. (As it should)

On top of that, they will offer 3 models. A "regular" hybrid. A plug-in. And a full electric EV version.
So basically, with just one car, they are going after the Prius, The Volt and the Leaf!

I really can't wait to see more of this.


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

All new Hyundai EQ900/Genesis G90




The one pictured here is the Korean Version, the EQ900.
So there might still be some small differences with our Genesis G90.

It looks OK. Maybe it's more impressive in person.
But it still has that "a few years ago" feeling to it. A few steps behind the best.
It does look better than the current one, but not as great as that 2 door concept we saw just a few months ago. Not even close.

Of course, it is quite cheaper than the German rivals. But really, not a true competition since a Mercedes or BMW owner will never consider this. No matter what.

More engines are available now. A V6, V6 Turbo and the usual V8.

The interior especially, seems a bit behind in style. Especially after seeing the new Volvo S90 and Mercedes E Class.

I wonder if they will sell many more of this one than the current version.
It's biggest competition is actually the Lexus LS. Which is all new in just a few months.

That should be interesting...

Monday, December 07, 2015

Hyundai IONIQ

We finally get to see something official about the all new Hyundai Prius competitor.

This does look more interesting than the camouflaged cars we have seen.
And, a thousand times nicer than the horrific new Prius. (Which is even much worse in real life)

I think there is a huge opportunity for Hyundai here.
As many people considering a Hybrid might be turned off by the new Prius (Including current Prius owners)

Hyundai has already mentioned 3 models. A regular Hybrid, a plug-in as well as an all electric version.That sounds like they will be covering all the bases.

The regular hybrid is even supposed to be using an new technology that allows the movement of the car to recharge the batteries.
(Which could mean seriously great gas mileage)

I always wondered about that. Why something couldn't be connected to the wheels so all that energy produced would be used...Since they do use energy from braking.


We will see the whole thing early next month.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Super grainy pictures of the all new Genesis G90


I know, these are not very flattering.
I am sure the actual thing is much more impressive than this...

Still. These are probably some of the last spy shots of the big Hyundai/Genesis before we see the
official stuff. So why not...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Genesis G90


This is the replacement for the Hyundai Equus.

And, so far, looking the part of an expensive sedan. Unlike the new Cadillac CT6.
(Which is such a huge disappointment in real life)

They claim it will cost the same as the current model. So figure around $62 000.
(although it might actually be cheaper since the base model will now be a V6)

They still say it is a competitor to the BMW 7 series and the Mercedes S Class. Which is it not. Since BMW and Mercedes buyers (especially high end) almost never look at anything else.

But now that is is its own brand (kind of) and not sold as a Hyundai, it might actually have a much better chance against Lexus and Cadillac.
Plus, it will (hopefully) get all the advertising money that comes with launching a new brand.

I think this could repeat what Lexus did with the original LS sedan .
An attractive, less expensive,  alternative to some of the established players. (Lexus was also brand new then)

The current LS sedan starts at around $73 000.
The poor CT6 starts at $54 000. But that's for a 2.0 Liter Turbo.
Otherwise you pay $56 000 for the V6. Or $65 000 for the V6 Turbo AWD.

As for leasing, (Since most of these big sedans are leased anyway, Lexus offers the LS for $799 a month with $5000 due at signing.
While the current Equus is $669 a month with $2500 due at signing.
Not that huge of a difference. (Although again, the V6 would be less.)

The G90 V6 might be priced at around the same, or even less, than the CT6 V6.
While looking 100 times more like the luxury car it is supposed to be.


This could be interesting...


Wednesday, September 09, 2015

All new Hyundai Elantra

This was sent to me by a reader. It looks like an official picture of the redesigned Elantra.
(Avante in Korea)

Looking good. But this might not be the best picture/angle.

More very soon.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

All new Hyundai Elantra



From the factory floor.

As you can see, it is still a very nice looking car.
But, just like the new Sonata, it does look a bit more conservative. Although not as "old" as it's larger brother. (The Sonata does look like an old person car now)

Inside. It is way more conservative than before. Like a smaller Sonata.
But quality might be up. And frankly, when compared to a Jetta, it almost looks futuristic.

Official pictures coming up very soon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2017 Hyundai Elantra

I'd say so far so good.

Sure, it looks a lot (a lot!!!) like the current one.
But it doesn't look worse or more boring (Like the new Sonata does to me)

The current Elantra really is one of the bet looking car in its class. The design aged really well.

This new one at least doesn't seem to ruin things.

Now let's wait for some interior pictures...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hyundai Vision G Concept Coupe





Besides the stupid name, this is actually quite stunning.
And quite amazing for a Hyundai.
I think this is the 1st Hyundai design that truly looks like a luxury model to me.
It even has a British car feel to it. Almost old fashion.
Quite surprising.

There was a rumor last year about the next Genesis coupe becoming more of a luxury coupe.
This would definitely fit the bill.
Except that Hyundai concepts have never, ever become production designs.
They have been teasing us with great concepts for years.

Let's hope it changes with next years all new Genesis Coupe.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Hyundai Creta

Here is a first exaggerated look at Hyundai's new small SUV.
The design is officially described as "harmony between the bold front, voluminous side and sporty rear" (Which, I have to say, sounds exactly like someone I was dating last year)

They also call it a "global crossover". Which means we could very well see it over here, doing battle with the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 etc...




Like someone in the comments section just noticed, the Creta looks a lot like the new ix25 that was just launched in China. (above pix)
So it seems that they are both the same car, with different names for different markets.

So there it is... Nothing really new.