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Riyadh Motor Show Returns: First Since 2012

Riyadh Motor Show Returns: First Since 2012

Hyundai Goes Upmarket: Genesis G80

The 2017 Genesis G80 should be familiar, yet unfamiliar at the same time. This is because this latest luxury sedan on the market once hailed from the Hyundai Genesis family but is coming into its own, now that the Korean car maker has turned it into its own brand.

This sedan retains the powertrain options once offered in the Hyundai version. At its heart sits either a 3.8-liter V6 engine that serves up 311hp, or a 5.0-liter V8 that pushes out 420hp. Both are paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions, and together with a stiffer body, provide handling that is reportedly better than BMW 5 Series.

Safety technology is also a selling point for this new Genesis. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, autonomous emergency braking with collision avoidance or mitigation and lane keep assist will babysit you throughout your drive (though it is still probably best you give your utmost attention whenever on the road, for obvious reasons).

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Surprisingly, the G80 retains its predecessor’s façade and interiors, save for a few minor updates and new badging. We’re happy to announce, though, that the car is far superior technologically. Its 8.0-inch infotainment system enables navigation, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sing-along sessions won’t be the same again now that you have the accompaniment of a Lexicon Discrete Logic 7 Surround setup, complete with 17 speakers. Connected services also means that you can start the car remotely, set climate control, unlock doors and find your car in a crowded parking lot – all via an app. The car is also considerably more spacious with 107.7 cubic feet of passenger space – 10 cubic feet more than a Cadillac CTS and nine cubic feet more than Merc’s latest E-Class (which we will be looking at next week in Singapore). Frequent travelers will appreciate luggage space that beats out the Infiniti Q70 and BMW 5 Series.

Hyundai knows that the customer experience is as important as the driver’s, and will hence give Genesis owners three years of complimentary maintenance besides sending a valet to collect the car, and providing a courtesy vehicle during servicing. Connected services such as a concierge service are also in the package. “Genesis cars exude confidence, and it has driven us to design an ownership experience that is personalized, convenient and saves time,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the US market. “Respect and courtesy are the foundation of the Genesis Experience. We will honor our owners’ time through streamlined processes that put their needs first.”

Luxury Carmakers Cheer Brilliant 2015 Finish

Even as prices at the pump hold steady at low rates, the premium segment of the auto industry is popping the champagne after an historic 2015. Over the course of last year, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and McLaren have all set or are anticipating new sales records. Aside from sales, Ferrari is celebrating its independence and Hyundai is dropping in on the luxury market with the Genesis badge.

For McLaren, a supercar company that’s only been in business for five years, 2015 is the second year in succession that it’s broken the previous year’s record. Even though each model it produces is hand assembled, it delivered 1654 cars this year.

Demand is such that the company is introducing a night shift. “This accelerated development has led to yet another record year, with unprecedented levels of demand for all of our cars, especially the new Sports Series, for which we are currently holding more than six months worth of orders,” said CEO, Mike Flewitt.

Jaguar Land Rover has also enjoyed a bumper 2015, selling 487,065 vehicles – a 5% jump on 2014. “Customer response has been extremely positive, resulting in record retails across UK, North America and Europe. The appeal of our Jaguars and Land Rovers has also been recognized through over 95 global awards in 2015, including 15 for the Land Rover Discovery Sport and 19 for the Jaguar XE alone. 2016 promises to be another exciting year,” Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director, said.

Despite being implicated in the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, Audi exceeded even its own lofty expectations – selling 1.8 million cars globally and for the first time crossed the 200,000-vehicle mark in the US where it can’t build SUVs quick enough to keep up with demand.

“2015 has proved that Audi is solidly on track and that we are able to master a year that presented various challenges very successfully,” Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, said.

Meanwhile Volvo sold more than 500,000 cars for the first time in its history. “I am delighted to report that 2015 was a year of record sales,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “Now, with a successful 2015 behind us, Volvo is about to enter the second phase of its global transformation. Once completed, Volvo will have ceased being a minor automotive player and taken its position as a truly global premium car company.”

Cadillac is also reenergized. After years of struggling to compete, it saw a 7.5% growth in global sales. “This creates a strong foundation for our two all-new products launching in the first half of 2016 — the CT6 prestige sedan and the XT5 luxury crossover,” stated Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

Mercedes and BMW remain the popular premium automotive brands to beat. Mercedes clocked up sales of 1.872 million vehicles globally, a 13.4% jump on 2014. “We anticipate additional sales impetus in 2016 from the new E-Class, the world’s most intelligent business saloon,” explained board member Ola Källenius.

BMW has yet to reveal full results from 2015 but the firm had already experienced a record 2014, selling more than 2 million vehicles globally; the Munich-based automaker passed the 2 million mark in November last, the first time it has ever done that by that point in the year. “The steady sales growth we’ve shown throughout the year so far reflects the great new products we currently have on the market,” commented Dr Ian Robertson, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing BMW.

This report was compiled by in-house writers, in combination with a wire report and image from the AFP.

Hyundai Vision G Concept Coupe

Hyundai unveils Vision G Concept Coupe

Hyundai Vision G Concept Coupe

Hyundai unveiled a new concept car, the Vision G Coupe at an evening event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“The concept was designed with coordinated input from Hyundai design studios around the world, but was led by our team here in the U.S.,” said Peter Schreyer, Hyundai’s president and chief design officer.

“The design is our interpretation of the idea that Hyundai breathes into all of its vehicles — a DNA that balances design and performance with the idea that you don’t need to be over the top in terms of glitz and stereotypical luxury cues.”

Instead, the designers focused on the term ‘chivalry’ as a touchstone for aesthetic decision making. Therefore although the car’s lines are strong, they flow gently rather than aggressively and particular focus has been paid to the cabin.

Hyundai Vision G Concept Coupe Interior

“After all — and if all is right in the world — the only time an owner sees the exterior of the car is when it’s standing still,” said Christopher Chapman, head of Hyundai’s US design center and leader of the coupe’s design team.

The way in which both Hyundai and fellow Korean brand Kia have gone about developing and improving every aspect of their vehicle line-ups over recent years — from brand perception to design and reliability — is nothing short of remarkable.

The latest JD Power Initial Quality Study, published in June, highlights the huge lead these companies have built over their competition in the US market in terms of reliability.

Hyundai Vision G Concept Coupe back

“For so long, Japanese brands have been viewed by many as the gold standard in vehicle quality. While the Japanese automakers continue to make improvements, we’re seeing other brands, most notably Korean makes, really accelerating the rate of improvement.”

“Leading companies are not only stepping up the pace of improvements on existing models, but are also working up front to launch vehicles with higher quality and more intuitive designs,” said Renee Stephens, VP of US automotive quality at JD Power, in response to the study’s findings.

And now that Hyundai has built such a strong foundation, mounting a challenge in the premium automobile segment should be easy, especially if the cars it produces take a cue from the Vision G Concept Coupe.

Kia K900 Morpheus Super Bowl commercial

Super Bowl 2014: Top car commercials

Here are the best car commercials from this year’s SuperBowl!

Kia K900 Morpheus Super Bowl commercial

Kia

Promoting Kia’s first rear-wheel drive luxury sedan in a Super Bowl commercial, Laurence Fishburne reprises his role in the Matrix trilogy.

An unsuspecting couple meets Morpheus at a valet stand. He presents them with two choices: a red key or a blue key. Should they choose wisely, they’ll never look at luxury—or Kia—the same again.

Audi

For 2014, Audi’s promotion of its anticipated A3 line has resulted in the conception of a “Doberhuahua” to illustrate how their car captures sport, luxury and design without compromise.

Maserati

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” star and Oscar-nominated child actor, Quvenzhane Wallis, takes the lead role in this commercial for the new, more affordable Maserati Ghibli sedan.

Jaguar

It pays to be mean, at least when you’re behind the wheel of the Jaguar F-Type sports car. Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleston starred in this dramatic tribute to the charms of the British bad guy.

Honda

Bruce Willis asks people to hug someone that matters to them to illustrate that, for Honda, safety is very real and very important.

Chrysler

The Official Chrysler 200 Super Bowl Commercial featuring Bob Dylan.

Toyota

Room for a whole flock of chickens, Terry Crews, a grand piano and the Muppets, but no room for boring. Sing along and see the all-new Toyota Highlander in the roomiest Big Game Ad of all time!

Volkswagen

In the 2014 Game Day commercial from Volkswagen, watch as a father tells his daughter that every time a Volkswagen hits 100,000 miles, a German Engineer gets his wings.

Ford

Comedian Rob Riggle demonstrates what #NearlyDouble actually means in the Big Game commercial from Ford. But why does Rob look so much like… James Franco?

Chevrolet

This 2014 Chevy Super Bowl commercial is the story about the new bachelor in town.

A Silverado pick-up truck is the mode of transportation in this commercial. However, the truly moving part of this ad was its touching celebration of cancer survivors.

Hyundai

Jeep

This Jeep Super Bowl spot makes you want to go hiking, skydiving, or simply get away from it all – in a Jeep Cherokee sport-utility, of course. Jeep wants its customers to stay restless, as seen in this big game commercial.

Hyundai Google Glass

Hyundai 2015 Genesis will work with Google Glass

Beginning with the new Genesis, owners will be able to operate their car with their headset or smartwatch as well as their smartphones.

Even if the overwhelming majority of consumers are less than sold on the idea of smart headsets like Google Glass, Hyundai believes that wearable devices are a growing trend and that the company should support them in the same way it already does smartphones.

Hyundai Google Glass

The company is developing wearable device apps that will give drivers control over functions such as locking and unlocking doors, remote engine start and diagnostics information.

In the case of Google Glass that will mean creating ‘cards’ that each contain vehicle information optimized for the device’s small screen that the wearer can scroll through. Push notifications will also inform the driver when the car needs a service and enable him or her to automatically make a phone to arrange an appointment with a Hyundai garage.

The first car to support wearable device apps will be the 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan.

Hermes Equus

Hyundai Equus by Hermes

Equus by Hermes

Hyundai has teamed with French fashion house Hermes to create the Equus by Hermes, unveiled last week at the Seoul Auto Show. It follows a similar Hermes edition carried out on the Bugatti Veyron.

Based on the 2012 model year version, the “Equus by Hermes” is a more luxurious edition of the long-wheelbase model, with the exterior tweaks and the cabin styled and customized by Hermes designers.

Hyundai Equus Hermes

Hyundai says the project is the results of two years of work from designers and researchers in the company’s pursuit of a “modern premium” car. The interior focuses on the harmony of colors and features more than 20 items that were produced by Hermes artisans specifically for this car.

The entire interior is lined with different types of leather chosen by Hermes, with the door panels being lined with crocodile leather, of the same type used by Hermes for some of its famous handbags.

Hyundai Equus by Hermes Interior

Designers drew inspiration from aircraft interiors to design the rear center console of the car, which includes a folding table and four-cup holders, plus a water bottle compartment and a large storage space where a travel blanket can be kept.

Hyundai Equus Hermes Interior

Only three Equus by Hermes models have been built, none of which is for sale. Hyundai doesn’t plan to launch it on the market, and only aims to improve the brand’s image as a luxury auto maker.