When I drove the Genesis Coupe back in November of 2010, it didn’t go well. To be fair, it was an otherwise impressive car marred by shoddy repair work and oversight in its upkeep. My list of complaints was short but pronounced: It was quick, but not fast. It had good feel, but felt big and unsporty inside. It moved okay, but the parts with which the driver interacted lacked polish and feedback. In short, it was a C study on paper that overachieved to a B-.
For 2013, Hyundai claims to have corrected the shortfalls. The turbocharged 2.0L now puts out 274hp rather than 210. The 3.8 gained direct injection and now boasts 348hp. Hyundai claims a slew of transmission and suspension improvements, but those will have to wait until we can drive it. We’re hoping to get a chance to pit the 3.8L against Ford’s Mustang V6 “Mayhem” on a track later in the year, so stay tuned for a 6-cylinder face-off.
The turbocharged Veloster has pretty much been a given since the base car debuted a year ago. At best, Hyundai could do was shoot par. And they have. 201 hp, 195lb-ft, 2800lbs, and yes, it’s still a twist beam rear end.
Hyundai went out of their way to mark the GTI as a competitor, citing Volkswagen’s published power and weight figures and declaring the Veloster its better in power-weight. While reality may not agree, there’s something to said for Hyundai’s bluster. What that is, I leave entirely up to you. And why matte paint? Because
race production car.
The 2012 North American International Auto Show media days are a wrap and we’ve got our complete photo gallery from the show to share with the world. We’ve included both the world debuts and North American debuts from the show in the galleries after the jump. Byron will have his thoughts on this year’s show soon, but for now we hope you enjoy the gallery!
Full 2012 NAIAS Gallery after the jump
The Chrysler 700C made its way to the NAIAS show floor with no fanfare at all. We don’t know anything about this concept other than it shows that Chrysler is testing the design waters for the future of the Caravan and Town and Country. There are no radiator vents in the front which indicates that the 700C was designed to be an electrified vehicle. Other than that, there wasn’t much information available. It is a pretty radical styling departure from the current lineup of minivans but we’re not sure yet if that’s a good thing.
Audi showed off their latest iteration of the Q3 compact SUV with the Vail Concept. The Vail Concept hints at what the Q3 could be for the North American market. While they didn’t come out and say that the Q3 will be sold in North America, this is proof that they are strongly considering the idea.
This is the new Acura NSX Concept which was just unveiled here at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. While this concept is still a couple of years away from becoming a realistic production car, Acura did make note that it will take advantage of the Acura SH AWD system and will utilize hybrid technology in the powertrain department. The biggest announcement was that the new Acura NSX will eventually built at Honda’s Ohio plant. We’re excited to see this car progress and hopefully will see a production announcement sooner than later.
Ford took their sweet time introducing us to the new Fusion this morning but, boy, was it worth it. What you see above is easily the best-looking midsize sedan since the first-generation Mazda6. You’re free to disagree of course. That’s the beauty of America, after all. Being wrong is well within your rights. If you’re reading this from beyond our borders, then you may or may not be at liberty to contest our assertion. That being the case, you’re looking at the new Mondeo, and the rest still applies.
Ford spent a solid fifteen minutes regurgitating the salient details of my commentary from last March (next time, just link to us in the press kit, guys), then stepped aside to let this beauty out into the spotlight. Positive reaction was universal. And if you ask us, this Fusion is also a bit of a middle finger to Ford’s former “prestige” lineups, taking obvious cues from recent Aston Martins and Jaguars (especially in the grille and d-pillar). And it works. There hasn’t been a more attractive volume midsize design since Volkswagen gave us the B5 Passat.
Nissan has revealed their version of the future
yellow cab. What we know so far is that it’s small, decidedly non-Transit-Connect-like, and the range is claimed to be “comparable to Nissan Leaf,” which could really mean anything at this point. The full release and a spec table are available below the fold.