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2012 NAIAS: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2012 North American International Auto Show Coverage - Speed:Sport:Life

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.  

2012 NAIAS: 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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.

2012 NAIAS – Acura NSX Concept Photo Gallery

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.

2012 NAIAS Photo Gallery: 2013 Ford Fusion Press Conference

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.