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The Hyundai Palisade's Interior Smells Like Garlic, Owners Say

The Hyundai Palisade’s Interior Smells Like Garlic, Owners Say

Owners complain that the Hyundai Palisade stinks. Literally!

The Hyundai Palisade is so popular that the Korean company is struggling to keep up with demand. But this may soon change as many owners are complaining that the SUV’s interior smells like... garlic. The Palisade Forum contains numerous reports on the matter, with at least four threads touching this issue and numerous owners complaining about foul odours.

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Would the Striking New 2020 Hyundai Sonata Look Better as a Two-Door Coupe?

Would the Striking New 2020 Hyundai Sonata Look Better as a Two-Door Coupe?

Striking all-new Hyundai Sonata loses two doors, ups the sexiness

For me, one of the big revelations of the 2019 New York Auto Show was the 2020 Hyundai Sonata coupe-like sedan, which we finally got to see in detail. I love everything about the design, including the crazy daytime running lights that go halfway up the hood, the car’s sleek side profile, and the tapered back too, but there’s one thought that keeps nagging me when I look at this new three-box Hyundai - this would make such a good coupe, with only small alterations to the formula (and the removal of the two rear doors, obviously).

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2020 Genesis SUV And 2020 Hyundai Sonata Coming In the Next 12 Months

2020 Genesis SUV And 2020 Hyundai Sonata Coming In the Next 12 Months

Glorious 2019 Year For Hyundai-Kia and Genesis

Hyundai and Genesis are in for a rather amazing year. Both brands will reveal as many as 13 different new models - some facelifted, some new. As per my understanding, the biggest news is the imminent arrival of a new premium SUV with a Genesis badge. Judging by the stunning new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV (that isn’t premium), I expect nothing less than extraordinary and stunning from the upcoming Genesis SUV. The second big debut for 2019 is the coming of the new Hyundai Sonata. We’re looking forward to that one too.

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A $15,000, Second Hand Hyundai Equus is Rolls-Royce Awesome with a Korean Badge

A $15,000, Second Hand Hyundai Equus is Rolls-Royce Awesome with a Korean Badge

New owner compares it to the older Rolls Royce Phantom he also owns

Hyundai now sells its premium rear-wheel-drive sedans under the Genesis badge, but this is a recent development since these vehicles used to be a part of the Hyundai lineup until around 2016 when the switch was made. So, the Hyundai Equus flagship became the Genesis G90, but it’s not a completely new car, rather an update to the older model with a new name.

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2017 Genesis G80

2017 Genesis G80

Genesis has finally unveiled the G80, and it has its own unique styling cues compared to the G90

Hyundai has finally announced all the details about the G80 and boy has it turned out to be winning combination of power, luxury, and safety. Available with a V-6 or V-8 powertrain and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car is offered with 311 or 420 horsepower and a long list of safety features that tops anything offered as standard equipment on entry-level competitor models – it even beats out the Volvo S90 for standard safety equipment.

Unfortunately, the G80 isn’t anywhere near as stylish or aggressive as the Genesis New York concept that we saw back in March, but it’s still an appealing car with all the right technology and safety features to go with a sporty exterior design. To put it mildly, things have changed a lot since Hyundai first entered the U.S. market, and the Genesis premium brand just goes to show what is possible when you pay attention to your customer base and give them exactly what they want.

With that said, let’s take a good look at the new G80 and what it brings to the table. It’s definitely something you’ll want to consider next time you’re looking to grab yourself a premium sedan.

Update 12/6/2018: We’ve updated this review with a new gallery of images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The Hyundai Santa Fe Cabrio Is Real, But Not for Production

The Hyundai Santa Fe Cabrio Is Real, But Not for Production

One-off engineering prototype

Hyundai is not yet sure it wants to make a full production version of the Santa Fe Cabriolet (and it probably won’t), but if it did, it’d be the world’s first seven-seater convertible... that’s also an SUV.

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Hyundai N Has a Standalone, Halo Car in the Works - Could it Revive the HND-9 or PassoCorto Concept?

Hyundai N Has a Standalone, Halo Car in the Works - Could it Revive the HND-9 or PassoCorto Concept?

We saw this coming, and the groundwork may have already been laid

It was only a matter of time before Hyundai N decided to make its own stand-alone model, and now we finally have confirmation that a true halo car is in the works. It won’t be delivered to the market for some time, as it’s still in the embryonic stages of development, but engineers are standing at the drawing board trying to figure out just what it could be. Will it be a performance sedan like a Hyundai-badged derivative of the Kia Stinger on steroids? Will it be a two-seater sports car that is designed from the ground up?

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Here's What We Know About the Hyundai Palisade So Far

Here’s What We Know About the Hyundai Palisade So Far

This flagship SUV from Hyundai could be a serious threat to competition

Hyundai showcased the HDC-2 Grandmaster concept at the recently concluded Busan Motor Show, and we have already spotted an SUV based on it. Dubbed the Palisade, for now, this eight-seater SUV will sit above the upcoming Sante Fe XL to boost the automaker’s lineup that’s filled with all sizes of SUVs. Despite being caught heavily camouflaged, the Palisade couldn’t hide its design cues, and here’s everything we know about this new South Korean beast.

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All Hyundai Dealerships Will Be Eligible to Sell Genesis Vehicles After All

All Hyundai Dealerships Will Be Eligible to Sell Genesis Vehicles After All

Bolstering the ranks

Hyundai’s standalone luxury brand, Genesis, won’t be completely on its own when it launches its new dealership network in the next few years. Recent developments point to a U-turn when it comes to the automaker’s stance on current Hyundai dealers selling and servicing Genesis models in the near future.

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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.

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2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90

Hyundai’s replacement for the Equus is loaded with luxury features and looks the part

Labeled as an automaker that produces cheap cars for many decades, Hyundai has improved its brand reputation tremendously in recent years — thanks to automobiles such as the Genesis and the Equus. In 2015, after some six years of testing the premium segment with the aforementioned sedans, the Korean company has finally decided to enter the luxury segment with a dedicated brand.

The said brand will go by the name Genesis and will include both the Genesis and the Equus nameplates, albeit under a new alphanumeric naming structure that will include the letter "G." The new division will be aimed toward similar products from Toyota’s Lexus and Nissan’s Infiniti arms. The first automobile to be launched under the new brand will be named the Genesis G90 in North America and the Genesis EQ900 in South Korea.

Described as the brand’s new flagship model, the G90 just broke cover in South Korea in December 2015, only a month after Hyundai announced the founding of the Genesis division. At the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the G90 made its North American debut.

“Genesis’ new large luxury sedan G90 will deliver a concept of ‘New Luxury’ to our customers. The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centered values to give our customers true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience,” said Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center.

Updated 09/05/2016: Genesis announced prices for the new G90 which will be put on sale at the end of this month. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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Hyundai Considers Luxury Electric Vehicle For the Genesis Brand

Hyundai Considers Luxury Electric Vehicle For the Genesis Brand

The all-electric vehicle is planned and could help lift the new luxury brand above the competition

It hasn’t even been a year since Hyundai broke out of the value car market and jumped into the luxury segment with its new Genesis brand. Since then, we’ve seen the new Genesis G90 and, more recently, the Genesis G80. With a mission to differentiate itself from Hyundai and Kia, not to mention its new German competition, the Genesis brand can’t rest for one minute. Each Genesis model has to be different from anything Hyundai and Kia has, and those models need to keep up with the luxury and comfort of the more dominate premium brands out there. With that said, part of Genesis’ strategy is to launch an all-electric vehicle.

The news comes from Senior Vice President, Manfred Fitzgerald, who also said, “We will definitely go as Genesis brand down the road of alternative propulsions, and it is very, very obvious that EV is definitely on the map. I think full electric cars will be the future in the auto industry.”

So far, the G90 and G80 are gasoline-powered models, but word has it the Genesis G80 will also get a diesel engine option as early as next year. Adding in an all-electric drivetrain would certainly diversify the Genesis brand’s methods of propulsion and would help to bring it in-line with other premium brands like Mercedes and BMW. So far, there’s no timeline as to when this new all-electric vehicle will come to be, but it’s in the works, so you can bet you’ll probably see it before the turn of the decade. The real question is – how big will it be? Will it be small like BMW’s i3 five-door hatch? And, to go with that question, what kind of range are we talking here?

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Genesis Product Roadmap Revealed

Genesis Product Roadmap Revealed

A luxury sports coupe by 2020? Yes, please!

When Hyundai launched Genesis in 2015 as a standalone premium brand that would eventually compete against the likes of Lexus and Infiniti, the Korean automaker promised to have six new models in its lineup by 2020. It took a few months, but finally, the six Genesis models have been confirmed to include three luxury sedans, two luxury SUVs, and a luxury sports coupe. Notice the liberal use of the word “luxury” there?

The revealing information comes by way of The Korean Car Blog, which was on hand during a Hyundai presentation where the Genesis’ product roadmap was revealed. The presentation further reveals the timetable for each model with the first one – the G90 full-sized luxury sedan – already penciled in to hit the market this year. Once the G90, which effectively takes the place of the Hyundai Equus, debuts, Genesis will turn its attention towards the G80 mid-sized luxury sedan and the “entry-level” G70 sedan. Both models are due to be released by 2017, although which of the two will be released first is still up in the air. From there, Genesis will prepare its two SUV offerings, with the first one being the mid-sized luxury SUV followed by its entry-level counterpart. Not much is known about the SUV models at the moment.

Bookending the company’s six-model lineup will be a luxury sports coupe that is scheduled to hit the market by 2020. Like the SUVs, there are no specifics on this model just yet, but there have been rumblings that it could be based on the Hyundai Vision G Concept that the Korean automaker unveiled at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. The large, fastback-style design of the Vision G and the well-appointed interior fit into the characteristics of a luxury sports coupe that Genesis is looking to line up against the likes of the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and perhaps even the Bentley Continental GT.

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Hyundai Drops "First Date" Commercial Starring Kevin Hart For Super Bowl 50

Hyundai Drops "First Date" Commercial Starring Kevin Hart For Super Bowl 50

Hart goes the extra mile to keep tabs on his daughter’s date

Kevin Hart is without a doubt one of the funniest comedians today. He may be over-the-top with his antics sometimes, but for the most part, he’s a genuinely hilarious dude. Hyundai knows that, which is probably why the Korean automaker tapped Hart to star in one of its 60-second commercials for Super Bowl 50.

The ad is called “First Date” and stars Hart as an overprotective father who gives his daughter’s date the keys to his brand new Genesis sedan. The smug teenager gamely takes the keys not knowing that the Genesis sedan has Hyundai’s Blue Link Car Finder feature. Naturally, Hart did what every dad would do when his daughter’s out on her first date. In this case, he uses the Car Finder feature to track down the two teenagers and spy on everything they’re doing. He follows them inside the cinema, hides behind a wall of stuffed toys in a carnival, and somehow manages to find a Tiger helicopter to help in his snooping. Ok, not every dad does something like that, but for maximum effect, let’s pretend that they do. So the date ends up being a dud as the young girl comes home crestfallen, much to the dismay of the obviously rattled young man and to the delight of Hart. In the end, it does appear that daddy got what he wanted, all thanks to a great assist from the Genesis’ new Car Finder feature.

“First Date” is the second of two 60-second commercials that Hyundai will air at the Super Bowl. The other one, called “Ryanville”, stars Ryan Reynolds and will air during the kick-off time slot. As for Hart’s commercial, keep your eye out when it airs in the pre-game show time slot.

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Hyundai Launches New "Genesis" Brand

Hyundai Launches New "Genesis" Brand

After years of testing the luxury waters with its Genesis and Equus sedans, Hyundai has finally decided to dive into the deep end and join the premium market with its own off-shoot global luxury brand. The new venture will be called Genesis and unlike its previous iteration as a model within Hyundai’s lineup, Genesis will be launched as a separate sub-brand that’s independent from Hyundai.

The new Genesis brand is expected to lock horns with the likes of Lexus, Infiniti, and even European names like BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. It’s an ambitious leap for Hyundai, but one that was years in the making. As early as 2011, there’s already been talk within the company of launching a luxury sub-brand. It took longer than the Korean automaker intended it to, but now, the Genesis luxury brand has finally been given the green light.

Plans call for six new Genesis models to be launched by 2020. Each model is expected to be developed with an eye towards providing the highest standards of design, innovation, and performance, the three foundations of any luxury brand that’s worth its salt. The Genesis brand will also adopt a new alphanumeric naming structure that a lot of its future competitors already use. The letter ‘G’ will come as standard since it stands for “Genesis” and it will be combined by numbers like 90, 80, or 70 to identify a specific model.

As early as now, there’s already been a groundswell of movement within Hyundai to move forward with the launch of the Genesis brand. For instance, designers have already developed the sub-brand’s official badge, a wing-type emblem that’s inspired by the badge currently being used by the Genesis models.

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2017 Hyundai Equus

2017 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai got serious about stepping up to the luxury segment when it brought the full-size, rear-drive Equus to the U.S. in 2010, and it would appear that there are enough people willing to buy a $60,000+ Hyundai that a next-gen Equus is on the horizon. These spy shots captured a heavily camouflaged Equus undergoing cold-weather testing near the Arctic Circle, and from what there is to see, the car seems to be fairly far along in its development, which means we might see the 2017 Hyundai Equus as early as the end of this year.

With the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class debuting last year, and new BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS sedans on the way, the 2017 Hyundai Equus definitely has some tough acts to follow. Considering the quality of the current Equus and the improvements Hyundai has made in recent new-model launches, the Equus should be able to put some real heat on the competition.

Updated 08/26/2015: A camouflaged prototype of the 2017 Hyundai Equus was recently spotted near Hyundai’s test center at the Nurburgring, signaling that a European version of the luxury sedan could be in the works.

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Hyundai Launches Blue Link App for Apple Watch

Hyundai Launches Blue Link App for Apple Watch

Hyundai has just announced a new update for its Blue Link app that enables Apple Watch users to control various car functions from their wrists. The app and associated update is currently available for free download at the App Store.

Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform enables features like remote engine start, remote engine stop (only available when the engine has been remotely started), remote door lock and unlock, remote flash lights, remote honk horn, car finder, vehicle status (which includes service information) and parking meter.

Users can activate these functions either by haptic controls (click the icon) or voice commands (hit the microphone icon and say something like “Find my car,” or “Start my car”). 

The update will work with both first and next-generation Blue Link-equipped Hyundai vehicles. The first-generation Blue Link system was offered on the 2012 Sonata and expanded across the automaker’s lineup throughout 2013. Next-gen Blue Link-equipped vehicles include the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, 2015 Hyundai Sonata and 2015 Hyundai Azera. 

Hyundai launched it’s Android Wear app at CES earlier this year, which included similar functionality to the Apple Watch app. Prior to this, Hyundai expressed interested in developing an app for Google Glass users, but canceled the project over insufficient demand for it. 

BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche, and other automakers are also developing their own Apple Watch apps. Hyundai is believed to be the first to bring their app to market.

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Hyundai Plans Larger SUV Based On Genesis Platform

Hyundai Plans Larger SUV Based On Genesis Platform

It appears Hyundai USA might have its sights set on a large SUV slotted above the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee in both size and price. The SUV would utilized the platform currently underpinning Hyundai’s full size sedan, the Genesis.

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Hyundai Plans Larger SUV Based On Genesis Platform

Hyundai Plans Larger SUV Based On Genesis Platform

It appears Hyundai USA might have its sights set on a large SUV slotted above the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee in both size and price. The SUV would utilized the platform currently underpinning Hyundai’s full size sedan, the Genesis.

The news comes from Hyundai Australia’s public relations general manager Bill Thomas telling motoring quotes of David Zuchowski, Hyundai USA’s CEO. “The American boss has been quoted as saying that they’re looking at an SUV,” Thomas said. “[Or] it might be just a planning thing, it might be studies into the possibilities of it…”

More specifically on the SUV itself, Thomas said the Genesis-based SUV would be “maybe a little bigger” than the Grand Cherokee, indicating it would likely include three-row seating. “It’s an interesting subject,” Thomas continued. “How do you take the Genesis brand – and move it and expand it? You can see that premium SUVs are doing very well.”

Thomas has a valid point. Hyundai does have room in its market for a full-sized SUV ranked as a luxury vehicle – perhaps even on par with the range-topping Equus. Surprisingly the Hyundai brand has done decently well at revamping its image form dismal commuter cars to high-quality sedans and crossovers. Adding a large SUV would only further these efforts.

However, Thomas isn’t completely sure the project will get the green light, but is sure Hyundai CEO Zuchowski will fight for the vehicle. “It would only take the CEO there to thump his fist on the boardroom table and demand a larger SUV – and it would happen,” motoring surmises from Thomas.

Hopefully these rumors hold true and Hyundai is preparing a Genesis-based large SUV that pushes the brand’s luxury image even further.

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Video: "The Genesis" Short Film

Video: "The Genesis" Short Film

Hyundai is taking a big-screen blockbuster approach in its next advertisement for the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan. The short, nine-minute film takes an unusual approach to vehicle advertising in making the story more about the people within the storyline, while the Genesis plays a less major role.

The luxury sedan still gets its moments in the spotlight in several scenes, including the use of its proximity key and automatic truck release, along with some intense driving scenes.

The short film is directed and produced by a new generation of filmmakers, the 20-something millennials who embrace new technologies and ways of doing the impossible through computer animation. Though the graphics get a little cheesy at times, the overall film showcases the Genesis pretty well. It’s reminiscent of what BMW did more than a decade ago with its short series of films showcasing several of its vehicles.

Hyundai’s theatrical plot circles around a man and his sick wife and a mysterious doctor who is running some unorthodox testing. As it turns out, the husband must use his 2015 Hyundai Genesis to save the girl and defeat the evildoers without being taken out first.

Turns out the Genesis makes a pretty good get-away car.

Click past the jump to watch the short film and a behind-the-scenes look at "The Genesis" short film

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Hyundai Considering Crossover to Compete Against the Lexus RX

Hyundai Considering Crossover to Compete Against the Lexus RX

Hyundai appears to be considering entering the luxury crossover market to compete with the Lexus RX, Audi Q5, and Cadillac SRX. That’s according to an interview Edmunds.com had recently with Hyundai CEO Dave Zuchowski.

However, Zuchowski says the main problem with creating a luxury SUV would be having a place to sell it. “We made a conscious decision on our premium products not to establish a secondary distribution channel,” he says. “And that decision, and we absolutely think it is the right decision, has some flow-through impact on products.”

So in other words, Hyundai doesn’t think a premium SUV or crossover would sell well within conventional Hyundai dealerships. The Korean automaker is already traveling down this bumpy road with its classy Genesis and Equus sedans, products that far exceed the Hyundai brand perception held by the general public. Hyundai does have that "dealership within a dealership" concept in use where the premium products are separated from the non-premium vehicles, but apparently the concept isn’t working well enough for it to add an SUV to the Genesis and Equus side of the showroom.

Regardless of the selling method, the SUV itself would likely be based on the seven-passenger Santa Fe. It would likely keep the same underpinnings and powertrain, but have completely unique styling and an interior that matched the luxuriousness of the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan.

Zuchowski and Hyundai appear to be stuck behind their decision to remain a singular brand and not create a secondary luxury label like Toyota’s Lexus or Nissan’s Infiniti. Zuchowski uses the example of Toyota and Lexus in selling mechanically similar products with different levels of refinement. "The RX is basically the Toyota Highlander and they can charge a premium for that vehicle because they are sold in different showrooms," Zuchowski says.

For now, Hyundai’s plans for rolling out a Lexus RX competitor are on hold, with Zuchowski implying that once a sales method has been reached, the automaker could move forward.

Note: Photo is of the Hyundai Intrado Concept

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