Hyundai unveiled the Genesis sedan back in 2008 with hopes of attacking the market being dominated by models like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. It did okay for a while, but then both German models saw facelifts and the competition got fiercer. Hyundai shot back with a facelifted version for the 2012 model year, but now Hyundai is working even harder for the second generation Genesis, which will be unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The show is set to kick off for the press on January 13th and the public on January 18th.
Hyundai may have only waited two years after the facelifted model to bring out the new generation, but the company has always had the shortest product cycle, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising. This allows Hyundai to keep its models fresh and with BMW and Mercedes in the loop of competition.
As far as the 2015 Genesis goes, Hyundai hasn’t offered any details on what changes the company will apply, but expect a new design language. It won’t be completely new, but will feature major changes on the front grille - expect a grille similar to the one found in the new Genesis Coupe, new headlamps, a new bonnet and new bumpers. The interior will also receive a series of new technologies.
In terms of power, the next generation Hyundai Genesis will feature the same, albeit updated, engines with improved power outputs and fuel economy.
UPDATE 4/30/2013: Per Edmunds, Hyundai has announced that it will unveil the 2015 Genesis at the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit. Additionally, the model will have optional all-wheel drive for the first time ever.
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The record time of 9:46.164 was blistering to say the least and gave the Korean automaker something to shoot for when it returns to Pikes Peak later this year.
In preparation for its Pikes Peak run, Hyundai has released a pair of videos on how it plans to have a successful encore to its 2012 performance. The early discussions call for dropping the weight of its racer by about 1,000 pounds, using titanium and carbon fiber. On top of that, Hyundai is preparing a modified version of its Genesis Coupe V-6 engine; one that will produce 900 horsepower.
With the tremendous success it had last year, a lot is riding on Hyundai to have a successful encore. Whether or not it does remains to be seen, but what we do know is that Pikes Peak is scheduled for June 30, 2013 and whatever questions we might have now will be answered then.
Click past the jump to watch Rhys Millen’s record-setting lap from last year’s hill climb
It looks like today it’s been a pretty busy day at Nürburgring, as there are spy shots aplenty coming down the pipe. Even Hyundai took the next-generation Genesis out for some testing at the ’Ring and our spy photographers were able to catch its interior for the first time.
Also, the prototype caught testing was wearing lighter camouflage on the exterior, so we were able to see more of the new body, especially at the front and rear. As previously suggested, the second-generation Genesis will adopt a new exterior design language, with a grille similar to the one found in the new Genesis Coupe, new headlamps, a new bonnet and new bumpers.
The interior also looks updated, which helps Hyundai keep it fresh and in line with all of its top competitors.
You can expect the new-generation Hyundai Genesis to be unveiled by the end of 2013.
While the first spy shots let us see the new Genesis out for some testing on European streets, this time the car was caught testing on an ice track in Northern Sweden.
The new-generation Genesis is codenamed "DH" and will be built on an updated version of the current rear-wheel-drive chassis. Thanks to a revised suspension, the Genesis will deliver a sportier drive, and for the first time, Hyundai will offer the Genesis with a four-wheel-drive system.
On the exterior, the 2014 Genesis received styling cues that will provide the sedan with a more dramatic look. Up front, you can see full-LED headlights; a wide, hexagonal grille opening, featuring horizontal grille bars; plus LED day driving lights framing the headlights.
Under the hood, the Genesis will include with an updated version of the current 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines. At launch, the two engines will be offered with an eight-speed transmission and a 10-speed transmission will also be in the works for a later model year.
Hyundai’s "Don’t Tell" commercial, one that will have prominent air time during the Super Bowl, has actually been playing in the air for a number of weeks now.
Despite being a full-blow 30-second ad (it’s actually 32 seconds), the "Don’t Tell" commercial is still being characterized as a preview commercial for Hyundai’s total Super Bowl platter, which will include four more commercials.
In addition to "Don’t Tell", which by the way left us with nothing more than a slight chuckle, the Korean automaker is also planning to play "Epic PlayDate,” "Team,” "Stuck,” and "Excited.” These all sound cool enough, but we all know that sounding cool and actually being cool are two completely different things when it comes to Super Bowl ads.
We’ll hold our final judgment once we see all five ads run during the Big Game.
Click past the jump to see two more of the four remaining Super Bowl commercials.
Everyone believed that the new HCD-14 Genesis Concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show previews the next-generation Genesis, but Hyundai America CEO, John Krafcik, announced this is not the case. Instead, the new concept might feature design elements - like its sweeping roof line - that could be used in a new four-door coupe
Krafcik also confirmed that the next- generation Hyundai Genesis will be unveiled sometime next year. It will feature a far more traditional and feel much more "German," and, for the first time, will be offered with an all-wheel drive system.
As for the Coupe version, he confirmed that it could get either a turbo V-6 or a V-8 engine. It’s true that the current Genesis coupe won’t fit a V-8 in its engine bay, but changes will be made so that the next Genesis Coupe can accommodate larger engines. Either way, it looks like we’re in for a power hike in the Genesis Coupe.
Hyundai Genesis and Equus are two models that have significantly increased sales numbera for the Korean company. However, in order to keep this trend, the company needs to update them periodically on both design and powertrain. With this in mind, Hyundai has unveiled the HCD-14 Genesis - a concept car that preview’s design direction for future premium vehicles - at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The most obvious updates on the new design language are the deep vertical grille, the new headlamps, the rear-hinged rear doors – a pretty sweet feature for a four-door coupe - and those large-diameter wheels.
Under the hood the HCD-14 concept combines a 5.0-liter Tau V-8 direct-injection engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The concept also features an "ultra-rigid" chassis with high-tensile-strength steel in strategic areas that help improve the driving experience.
Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept.
Australian racing company Austech Motorsport has spent a large part of its time developing a GT race car based on the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The team has actually been around for quite some time now and its objective has always been to provide privateers with an affordable race car that can be homologated to take part in different racing series with minimal work.
According to Austech’s website, the Genesis Coupe racer has yet to be homologated for racing use in GTE, GT3, and Grand Am classes, but Austech made it clear that the car can be raced in a number of international racing series, as well as endurance events, like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
Austech designed the Genesis Coupe GT Race Car with an emphasis placed on strength and serviceability of its components, allowing engineers to be able to work on the car with minimal hassle. That being said, there’s some acknowledgement due for a company that takes the time to develop a car specifically for racing use.
This Genesis Coupe carries a 5.0-liter V-8 engine and can produce anywhere between 470 to 520 horsepower, depending on the category restrictions for each racing series. Torque peaks out at 368 pound-feet. Austech also fitted the Genesis Coupe with a 100-liter (26.4-gallon) fuel tank capacity and a sequential shifting gearbox.
The Genesis Coupe race car looks the part of an affordable entry to a racing series, and according to Austech, will be available to race beginning in the 2013 season with a price of €280,000 ($370,860 at the current exchange rates).
The shocking Rhys Millen-Hyundai North America divorce caught a lot of people by surprise, especially since the partnership has brought tremendous success and acclaim for both parties. But apparently, Hyundai decided to end all of its “North American motorsport programs”, including that with Rhys Millen.
All that though can be discussed for another time because we’re here to show you a pretty intense video featuring Millen and his fabulous RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe in Brazil. Consider it a way for us to cope with the impending split because the video has been around for a while. Regardless if this happened two years ago, time can’t quantify the difficulty and subsequent awesomeness shown by Millen and his RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe when they went on a time-attack run on the side of the Serra Do Rio Do Rastro in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Just looking at the course already made us interested to see how one of the best drifters in the world can tackle this, especially when it’s under time duress. But as the video shows, Millen did what he always seems to do best: blow people away with some of the most insane drifts you’ll find anywhere.
So without further ado, hit play and enjoy this four-minute drifting show from one of the best to ever do it.
First details on a second generation Hyundai Genesis surfaced at the beginning of the year, but since then nothing else was reported. At least not until today when our spy photographers caught the 2014 Genesis testing for the first time somewhere on the streets of Europe. The prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged, but we can still see that things with the next Genesis are looking pretty awesome.
The model — codenamed "DH" — will be built on an updated version of the current rear-wheel-drive chassis minus a few hundred pounds. Hyundai will also add a revised suspension for a sportier drive. Under the hood, we will see updated versions of the 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines combined with an 8-speed transmission. Hyundai is also preparing a 10-speed transmission for a later model year.
On the exterior the next Genesis will look a little bit more dramatic than the current Genesis sedan. Up front we will see a wide, hexagonal grille opening, featuring horizontal grille bars. The headlamps will also be redesigned and they will offer full LED units.
The second generation Genesis will be unveiled sometime in 2013, with sales to begin as a 2014 model year.