Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

My March 1st post on the Hyundai Genesis was did not appear to be popular based on the number of comments posted. The Koreans are here in the U.S., with some very impressive cars! In fact, the 2009 Hyundai Genesis won the 2009 Car of the Year Award at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.

OK, everyone thinks what is the big deal about Hyundai, a second tier automotive producer. My prediction is that Hyundai will become a major player on the world automotive stage. The big deal is that they are delivering highly competitive products at extremely competitive prices which are thousands less than the competition. They also are offering great build quality and a super 10 year warranty.
So, even in tough economic times like this their sales are relatively constant to last year, meanwhile most manufacturers are experiencing severe sales declines. Currently Hyundai is translating to exceptional value!
The Genesis Coupe arrived in U.S. dealerships in late February as a 2010 model. Hyundai USA acting President and CEO John Krafcik has described the Genesis Coupe as being designed " deliver a driving experience that challenges cars like Infiniti G37".
The Genesis Coupe will have two available engines. The base engine will be a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 210 hp. with an optional 3.8L Lambda V6 engine producing 306 hp. A 6-speed manual transmission will be standard equipment, with an optional 5- or ZF 6-speed automatic (depending on engine choice).
The gas mileage is for the 2.0 liter turbo is 30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway U.S. and the 3.8 liter rating of 25 mpg city and 30 mpg U.S. Pricing for the 2.0 liter turbo starts at $22,750 and the 3.8 liter at $25,000. Pricing for an Infinity G37 starts at $35,900.

Here is what some of the automotive journalists have to say! According to G37 Comparison Test, "Hyundai Genesis Coupe V6 beats out Infinity G37 by overall score".
Popular Mechanics had this to say about the G37 Comparison review, "..the extra $10,000 on the price tag of the Infiniti doesn’t seem quite worth it."

Car and Driver review, "..Then I drove the V-6 model, fast. Whoa, this thing is unexpectedly hard core. There’s vigorous throttle response, a husky V-6 exhaust note, and giddy acceleration. In the canyons, the steering turns in with a vengeance, the car tracks through corners like a race car, and the brakes are from Brembo."


  1. Hi Pete .. the Hyundai over here in the UK .. as tended to be offered as a leased car .. so became quite popular as a cheaper alternative.

    We have quite a large market here for them .. again I've never been in one - but certainly people seem happy with them.

    Thanks - Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters

  2. Hilary,

    I am of the opinion that Hyundai will become a major automobile player on the world stage! They are $2000 -$12000 less per car depending on model!

    The current economic times will accelerate their rise!

    Thank you for your comment!

    Pete Baca
    The Car Enthusiast Online

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