Thursday, July 28, 2011
Hyundai Refreshes Flagship Genesis Sedan
Hyundai continues to stir the automotive world by releasing new and revamped models that offer value, quality and styling.
One of the company's newest projects is a refresh of its premium Genesis sedan. Genesis debuted in 2008 as a 2009 model, and captured attention for its luxury-like features accompanied by a reasonable price tag. And with the economic crunch that we've experienced since then, it seems that Hyundai had the right idea. Genesis sales rose 33 percent from 2010 to this year.
Hyundai unveiled the refreshed Genesis recently in beautiful Charleston, S.C., where automotive scribes got to see a car that has gained power, fuel economy and technology. And even with those improvements, it still carries a huge value compared with its luxury competitors.
For example, Hyundai says that the Genesis 3.8 liter costs $12,000 less than an Infiniti M37, and the R-Spec, a Genesis V-8 model, is priced about $17,000 below the BMW 550i (and Genesis has more power).
More buyers are becoming aware of this, because according to Hyundai, Genesis increased its market share for 23 straight months.
The R-Spec carries the most powerful engine built by Hyundai, a gasoline direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 that makes 429 horsepower. That engine links to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The base engine on the Genesis is a V6 GDI, which now adds 15 percent more power to total 333 horsepower. But that gain doesn't hurt fuel economy, which actually improves by 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway.
Keep an eye on this marvelous sedan.