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2020 Genesis G70 Sport - Driven

2020 Genesis G70 Sport - Driven

The Genesis G70 is an underrated sedan that strikes the perfect balance between performance and luxury

The 2020 Genesis G70 is just a two-year-old car, but you cannot call it an amateur by any means. The company has managed to crack the code to make a sedan that is strong on performance, drives well in the real world, comes with all the bells and whistles, and feels luxurious inside-out. In a horde of other luxury sport sedans that include the Germans and the Japanese, this South Korean is the underdog that has all the potential to beat its rivals.

A top-spec 2020 G70 recently arrived at Top Speed’s headquarters and here are our impressions.

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2020 Genesis G90 - Driven

2020 Genesis G90 - Driven

After an extensive facelift, is the 2020 Genesis G90 a formidable competitor to the Lexus LS and Audi A8?

When we first saw the Genesis G90 at its debut, we know that Hyundai’s luxury arm was onto something, but the G90 suffered from the same thing most new models fall victim to – there was definitely some room for improvement. For the 2020 model year, Genesis revamped the G90 rather extensively, and we finally got a chance to check it out in person. Does the G90 finally live up to the Halo it’s meant to wear in Genesis’ lineup? And can the Genesis G90 wholeheartedly compete with cars like the Lexus LS and Audi A8? It’s time we find out!

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2020 Genesis G90 - Driven

2020 Genesis G90 - Driven

South Korea’s flagship sedan finally has the presence it deserves

For 2020, Genesis has performed a styling update that makes the 2020 Genesis G90 look a decade newer than last year’s model. The new design, along with some other updates, make the G90 more worthy of its flagship status. Still, this is a Korean car with a base price of $72,200 — a combination that’s going to be a tough sell regardless of the vehicle’s merits, and despite the fact that its closest competitors are even more expensive. What does Genesis do to earn these big bucks? We spent a week in a top-of-the-line G90 5.0 Ultimate to find out.

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2018 Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate - Driven

2018 Genesis G90 5.0 Ultimate - Driven

Genesis has wowed a lot of folks with its full-size luxury sedan, the G90 — including me.

Competing in the space occupied by titans of the industry such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series can’t be easy. Buyers in this segment can be very demanding. They want space, power, and luxury appointments. I’m here to tell you the G90 delivers on all those, and does so at a much cheaper price point than its European rivals.

The last review I did of a Genesis product was the G80 Sport. In that review, I said Genesis is where Lexus was 30 years ago: the scrappy underdog offering a compelling package for a value price. The G90 was its opening shot across the bow of the establishment — including Lexus. All of them should be paying attention.

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Genesis' Rush To Separate From Hyundai Has All The Makings Of A Hasty, Ill-Timed Decision

Genesis’ Rush To Separate From Hyundai Has All The Makings Of A Hasty, Ill-Timed Decision

Genesis counting on "future gains."

It’s never a good feeling when you wake up to news that immediately raises your eyebrows. But that’s exactly what happened earlier this morning when I clicked an alert on my phone about Genesis’ decision to separate from Hyundai long before it intended to. Apparently, the news is legitimate, too, because according to Automotive News, Hyundai’s two-year old luxury brand is all set to introduce a new retail strategy in the U.S. that will “accelerate” its separation from Hyundai, thus cutting down the number of Hyundai dealerships that are authorized to sell Genesis models.

The play at independence is surprising, not because Genesis wants to do it (there were already plans for it) but because the initial plan called for this separation to happen two or three years down the road. Instead, it could happen as early as next year even though the current dealership setup between the two brands is still itself a work-in-progress. Neither Hyundai nor Genesis have provided details on how Genesis plans to establish its own dealership network, but it is telling that Genesis’ decision may have some half-baked elements to it when its own general manager, Erwin Raphael, admits to Auto News that the company has to make “very difficult decisions in the short run in order to ensure that we take care of our... dealers in the long run.” However this story unfolds, it’s clear that this is not what Hyundai intended when it decided to launch a sub-brand that will provide its customers a distinct lineup of luxury vehicles in the mold of Lexus and Infiniti.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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