26 March 2007

The 2008 BMW/ Mercedes/ Chrysler/ Acura/ Nissan/ Infinti/ Toyota/ Lexus/ Hyundai Genesis



Well, another embargo bites the dust. Apparently with the blessing of the manufacturer this time.

The real question is- when will Hyundai make a vehicle that has some sort of exterior styling that isn't blatantly cribbed from everyone else? Apparently they've hired a long lost brother of Chris Bangle to design the Genesis, who then proceeded to stare at pictures of every mid-range luxury vehicle on the market, and came up with this.

Things to like? A great feature set- all the luxury goodies, RWD, an available V8. No way you can scoff at that.

Things not to like? Styling that makes the term 'derivative styling' seem unique.

Not like they don't have a history of this, but with the Genesis, they're at a new low. The Sonata was a carbon copy Accord. The Amanti and XG were carbon copy Mercedes. The mini-SUVs have a lot of RAV-4 and shockingly enough Infiniti FX in them. The company simply has ZERO design credibility.

But it'll still probably sell.

6 comments:

HoeyHimself said...

Thats what bothers me about Hyundai..they have no defining characteristics..Hyundai doesnt really have a look. With other manufacturers, they uphold somewhat of a company uniform in their models, but at Hyundai everyday is "dress-up" day..today it appears they want to look like the Camry with strong hints from other manufacturers.

HoeyHimself said...

Thats what bothers me about Hyundai..they have no defining characteristics..Hyundai doesnt really have a look. With other manufacturers, they uphold somewhat of a company uniform in their models, but at Hyundai everyday is "dress-up" day..today it appears they want to look like the Camry with strong hints from other manufacturers.

Slack said...

Are you kidding?!? It looks just like a Mercedes-Benz and probably cost half as much. What's not to love?

[/sarcasm]

Shady said...

That's why I don't like Hyundai/Kia. They ruin good designs and make them look cheap. I hope to god that they don't make a Fullsize truck/SUV and rip it off a GM one.

Anonymous said...

I think it looks like junk!

PETE S. said...

THIS CAR IS GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE SICK! SAY WHAT YOU WANT BUT HYUNDAI (ESPECIALLY IT'S LUXURY DIVISION), WILL BE WHAT LEXUS IS TODAY. THEY LAUGHED AT TOYOTA IN THE 60'S & 70'S. LOOK AT THEM (AND LEXUS) TODAY. TOYOTA WANTED TO TOUR HYUNDAI'S PLANT AND THEY OUTRIGHT REFUSED! THEY'RE BEATING THE US TO RWD. AND MANY OTHER INNOVATIONS. FORGET THAT HYUNDAI BORROWS DESIGHN FROM VARIOUS OTHER CARS. EVERYONE DOES THAT TODAY. FROM SAMPLING OLD SONGS, TO EVERYONE COPYING REALITY SHOWS AND EVERYTHING ELSE. FAMILIARITY IS WHAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE TO THINGS AND OTHER PEOPLE. BRILLIANT ON HYUNDAI'S PART.THINK ABOUT IT... FOR THE PAST 15+ YEARS MOST CARS LOOKED ALIKE ANYWAY.
WHEN I GET THIS CAR I WILL PROUDLY TELL PEOPLE THAT I DRIVE A HYUNDAI (OR THE LUXURY BRAND). THEN I'LL SHOW THEM THE CAR; TAKE THEM FOR A RIDE; AND TELL THEM HOW I PAID $20K LESS THAN THE "LUXURY" GUYS. SWEEEET!

CHECK THIS OUT:

By Angus MacKenzie (MOTOR TREND

This car is going to shock you. It's going to shock GM and Toyota, too. Even BMW and Mercedes-Benz are going to pay attention. And when the production version launches next year, Hyundai will be a player in a sector that Toyota took 15 years longer to enter. one look at the exterior suggests Hyundai's strategy is simply to follow the same BMW playbook already well thumbed by Nissan's Infiniti division. The glasshouse looks pure G35, while the rear end is a tasteful mlange of 3 Series and 7 Series cues. What you don't immediately read, thanks in part to the 20-inch alloy wheels, is the car's size: It's longer, wider, and taller than a BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS, with a wheelbase almost as long a Chrysler 300C's. Hyundai sources say the rear seat package is nearly as good as that of an S-Class Mercedes. The BMW/Infiniti styling cues signal a similar approach to the engineering, though here Hyundai isn't content to merely play follow the leader: Insiders claim the car's body-in-white, rich in ultra-high-tensile steel, isn't only lighter than that of a 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Lexus LS, but also has 12- to 14-percent-higher dynamic torsional rigidity. Weight distribution is 53/47 percent, front to rear; however, not quite the 50/50 ideal BMW religiously adheres to. Under the hood is an all-new, all-aluminum 4.6-liter V-8. Codenamed Tau, it's Hyundai's first in-house V-8 and features state-of-the-moment double-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing and a variable induction system. Hyundai isn't quoting power and torque figures yet, claiming only that the engine produces more than 300 horses and 300 pound-feet of torque (which is only to be expected) and is capable of propelling the car, at a target weight of about 3740 pounds, to 60 mph in under 6.0 seconds. The Tau V-8 drives the rear wheels via ZF's smooth 6HP26 six-seed automatic transmission. Paddle-shift manumatic control will be standard on the production version. Base wheel is 18-inch alloy; 19s and possibly 20s will be optional.