Hyundai enters luxury car market, but how does it shape up?

You never thought you’d hear it. Hyundai is entering the luxury car market. In times gone by the Hyundai would be the butt of many jokes.

Favourites being: ‘Why does a Hyundai have a heated rear window? To keep your hands warm when you push it.’ Another: ‘What information is printed on pages four and five of a Hyundai user manual? The bus and train timetables.’

When I owned the Pony, people would recommend I sell my car for cash right away. Or, tell me I was better off with a real pony!

Fast forward to 2015, the Genesis is entering the highly-competitive luxury car market already dominated by the German big three: Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Having been a hit in the US and China, this luxury saloon means business. Whilst certainly ambitious, this 3.8-litre 311bhp V6 South Korean mean machine has its work cut out going up against the likes of the high-torque, low-CO2 diesels dominating the UK big executive car market.

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Amazing Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept has a great design, inspiring perfection by its aluminum grille, low roofline and long hood.

At the rear we observe amazing taillights, heat extractors and wide exhaust outlets. The wheels attract by the carbon-fiber trim and the exterior was styled in California, at the Hyundai’s US Design Center.

I think that being a part of william hill online bookmakers can help me buy one beautiful Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept in the near future.

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Fresh News On The Best Korean Cars!

In the world, things happen at the speed of sound, so don’t be surprised to hear that many elements have changed since last week. Especially in the car manufacturing business which tries to surprise its buyers with new and interesting stuff. Let’s see together if they actually manage to do this or not.

The biggest and latest fact about our beloved Korean cars revolves around Kia and Hyundai. These two companies are faced with another lawsuit due to their incorrect mpg claims that have misled the buyers. This problem appeared in the U.S. Central District Court in Los Angeles and people declare they have been led to believe that the mileage will be smaller. Surprise! It didn’t happen this way and now the two companies want to compensate the ones that had to suffer. But, since no job is that easy, the declarations states that the compensations offered will not cover the lost value of the vehicles.

“Plaintiffs and the Class have been damaged by Hyundai’s and Kia’s misrepresentations, concealment, and non-disclosure of the incorrect fuel economy numbers, because they were misled into purchasing Hyundais and Kias of a quality different than they were promised, and paying higher fuel costs they would not otherwise have paid.” This is a quote from the suit that hopes to bring in the amount of $775 million. Don’t know if they are going to make it, but the models who are kept under observation are the 2012 Hyundai Accent, 2012/13 Elantra, 2012/13 Veloster and from the Kia lineup Optima Hybrid, Rio, Soul and Sportage.

We don’t know how this is going to end, but we do promise to stick to the news and find out more. However, this lawsuit will probably not affect Kia and Hyundai as much as the “enemies” would want. And as a proof we have the Kia K3 that has revealed its quality looks. Built on a  Cee’d platform, this car will feature a 1.6 l  GDi petrol engine that can deliver up to 140 hp. Among features, buyers will enjoy chrome body mouldings, big alloys, satnav, trip computer and leather seats. Pretty interesting if you ask me. For the US this K3 will be known as Forte while for the rest of the world it will wear the Cerato name.


And last but not least, Hyundai (the Veloster model) comes up with a dual clutch gearbox that plans to improve fuel economy and give sports drivers a better experience.  The intention is to offer a new satisfaction to those with a serious driving background that are looking for something new from a car. With the suit and all, comes a bit ironic, but life goes on and everyone must move with the flow.

Well, pretty much this is the news that will keep the car fans wondering what is going to happen next. Plenty of people are eager to learn about the new updated brought to the models but a mistake like this might cause real disappointment among buyers.

We will try to come back with fresh news and see what will happen next. Until then, have a fabulous weekend!

Hot News From The 2012 SEMA Auto Show!

We haven’t even erased the Paris grin of our faces that we are already in for another treat: the 2012 SEMA Show! For those of you who are not very familiarized with the insights of this show, here you have some general notions about this lovely event.

This year’s SEMA will take place on October 30th  – November 2nd  at the Las Vegas Convention Center. What better place to have fun with unique concepts if not in Las Vegas, right? Here, some of the greatest minds of “carring” will meet and spend a few fabulous days together, time during which those present here will have the chance to learn many useful things. For example, the attendees will enjoy educational seminars, cool product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and many other interesting things. This is to die for!

Unfortunately, the SEMA is a trade-only event and not open to the general public unless they want to leave there with a new best friend. So you will have to check info about it online, instead of actually living the dream. But don’t get discouraged, because this is fantastic too.

Last year, over 60, 000 local and international buyers were present at the show and they had the chance to see a lot of fabulous stuff. ATVs, Korean cars, luxury, muscle, offroad, sports cars, compact, trucks or exotic cars and parts, tools or components.   And speaking about Korean, which I am sure you have been all wanting to see at this show, rumor has it that we will be seeing a couple of good models.

Hyundai is the leader of course with 3 new concepts. At least, this is what we know so far. Ark Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec Track Edition, ARK Veloster “Alpine” and Veloster Velocity Concept.

The former two ones are in partnership with the fabulous ARK Performance. For the first one, these guys decided to upgrade the Genesis Coupe 3.8-liter, direct-injected engine to a fantastic 395 horsepower at 6800 rpm and  340 lb.-ft. at 5400 rpm (axle-flexing). And as you’ve probably already noticed, the exterior is pretty unique in design. They added sporty flared over-fenders, an aggressive front splitter, a carbon-fiber hood with heat-extractor vents, ARK carbon plate clutch kit and dual mass flywheel, Yokohama ADVAN RS2 wheels and Nitto NT05 tires. Stunning!

For the second concept signed by ARK,  a Veloster was used and the boom is in the interior. The theme called Alacantra is destined to the snow lovers and is decorated with leather and WeatherTek breathable fabric, includes bigger brakes, a coilover system, and a practical air motion cup suspension kit.


And last but not least, the Velocity concept is tuned by the guys at Cosworth and among some of its features also adds performance pistons, a great turbocharger, an intercooler, intake manifold and charging design. The engine leads 400 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Kumho Ecsta SPT 275/35R19 high performance summer tires are simply amazing.


This is pretty much all for today folks. But don’t worry, because next week I will come back with fresh and exciting news about the SEMA 2012 Show, Korean cars and many other interesting topics. Stay tuned and enjoy a fabulous weekend!!


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The Latest News on Hyundai and SsangYong!

The hot news travel quick, so here are some of the most exciting novelties about the hottest Korean cars.

1. Hyundai gets a new partner to help reinvent its racing attitude. Recently a deal has been closed between Hyundai and the famous engineering design and  manufacturer Cosworth. Their forces will unite to recreate the amazing  Genesis Coupe also known as the Cosworth Genesis Racing Series (CGRS) which will be present at the upcoming 2012 SEMA show.

The upgradings are pretty impressive, since Cosworth plays with the Coupe’s 3.8-liter, direct-injected engine bringing it to 389 horsepower at 6400 rpm and a torque of 325 lb.-ft. at 5100 rpm. But this is not all that comes from under the hood or the interior.On the inside fans are welcomed with personalized steering wheel, shift knob, pedals, shift boot, sport seats and big brake system.

The exterior on the other hand, will also shine with a perfect satin-gloss blue finish, aero front splitter, gunmetal-finish lightweight racing wheels, integrated rear spoiler, and blackout rear diffuser.According to Nicole Armbrustmacher, director of marketing at Cosworth Americas : “The rear-drive Genesis Coupe is simply a great platform from which to build our ultimate Cosworth Genesis Racing Series street model. The Cosworth Genesis Racing Series Coupe truly demonstrates the purpose-built performance potential of the affordable Genesis Coupe line. We’re proud to partner with Hyundai for this ultimate racing series model.”

I think we will just have to wait and see the SEMA show. So exciting!

2. The second news comes, surprisingly from SsangYong’s garden which returns with the ultimate model of  Ssangyong e-XIV Concept presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. How in God’s name have I missed it? I don’t know, but it is time to find out as much information about it as possible.

From my sources, this gorgeous model pairs a 1.0-liter two-cylinder gasoline engine with a 107-horsepower electric motor and to top that up it also adds a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. This is meant to give the vehicle a theoretical full range of about 373 miles. Rumor has it that this fiery car will be able to reach 50 miles only through its electric powers. Although a total recharge will take about 4 hours, it can also be pumped up with some energy in just 20 minutes.

The exterior is inspired from the XIV 2 CUV Coupé, which is pretty dynamic and environmentally friendly. In addition to this, the Ssang Yong concept has a high-tech solar panel and killer tires that suggest both comfort and safety. The best thing about it though, and I hope you will notice it too, is the optimism on this car. Just look at it and say it is not smiling. You can’t!

On a quick run for the interior, we find  a four-bucket-seat configuration for privacy, space and safety, carbon fiber all over the place and a deadly style that allows the driver to feel connected to the car that he or she drives. The front panels that display vital information are always clearly and easily displayed in order to ensure maximum concentration on driving.

And this is pretty much all for this week guys. The Korean cars are slowly developing and working for improved methods and concept cars that can make us the happiest owners ever. And we are not going to let them go without a proper announcement.

Have a great weekend!


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