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.