Hyundai Gains Share and Releases Genesis Coupe

John Horner
by John Horner
hyundai gains share and releases genesis coupe

Just as Costco and WalMart are doing relatively well in difficult times, the Wall Street Journal reports that while Hyundai USA’s sales are down, their market share is increasing. Industry wide sales in September were reportedly down 27% while Hyundai was “only” down 25%. Technically that does add up to a miniscule market share increase, but hardly anything to write home about. Hyundai has also just released the Genesis Coupe in Korea, taking aim at the likes of the Infiniti G37. Considering how much Sajeev liked the sedan, we are looking forward to the March 2009 US availability of the coupe. (Though Berkowitz not nearly as much). In their heydey the Thunderbird, Toronado, Eldorado and Mark VII were cars everyone aspired to; lately, not so much. But, with everything old suddenly new again perhaps there will be a revival of the luxurious coupe. With a starting price under $25,000 the Genesis Coupe might just be onto something. Or not.

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  • SAAB95JD SAAB95JD on Oct 13, 2008

    I don't think that this car is particularly ugly at all. I think the colors that Hyundai has decided to use in the launch photos are a mistake. I think the car will look amazing in bright white, and black. Just my two-cents...

  • Shaker Shaker on Oct 14, 2008

    The overall body shape (narrow wedge nose, bustle rear-end), is not unlike a Pontiac G6; the double character lines on the side are trying to say something (mangled "H"?), just don't know. It may be one of those cars that looks better in person. Still, its design is aerodynamic enough, and it's weight is low enough that it would make a more economical daily driver than the Camaro. I dunno -- it really depends on the price of gas as to whether the turbo-4 vs. V6 war will end. Seeing the Camaro's interior "in the flesh" could drive people back to the Hyundai dealership for the V6 version.

  • MaintenanceCosts Despite my hostile comments above I really can't wait to see a video of one of these at the strip. A production car running mid-eights is just bats. I just hope that at least one owner lets it happen, rather than offloading the car from the trailer straight into a helium-filled bag that goes into a dark secured warehouse until Barrett-Jackson 2056.
  • Schurkey Decades later, I'm still peeved that Honda failed to recall and repair the seat belts in my '80 Civic. Well-known issue with the retractors failing to retract.Honda cut a deal with the NHTSA at that time, to put a "lifetime warranty" on FUTURE seat belts, in return for not having to deal with the existing problems.Dirtbags all around. Customers screwed, corporation and Government moves on.
  • Bullnuke An acquaintance of mine 50+ years ago who was attending MIT (until General Hershey's folks sent him his "Greetings" letter) converted an Austin Mini from its staid 4 cylinder to an electric motored fuel cell vehicle. It was done as a project during his progression toward a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering. He told me it worked pretty well but wasn't something to use as a daily driver given the technology and availability of suitable components of the time. Fueling LH2 and LOX was somewhat problematic. Upon completion he removed his fuel cell and equipment and, for another project, reinstalled the 4 banger but reassembled it without mechanical fasteners using an experimental epoxy adhesive instead which, he said, worked much better and was a daily driver...for awhile. He went on to be an enlisted Reactor Operator on a submarine for a few years.
  • Ajla $100k is walking around money but this is almost certainly the last Dodge V8 vehicle and it's likely to be the most powerful factory-installed and warrantied pushrod engine ever. So there is some historical applicability to things even if you have an otherwise low opinion of the Challenger.And, like I said up thread, if you still hate it will be gone soon anyway.
  • Carlson Fan GM completely blew the marketing of the Volt. The commercials were terrible. You'd swear they told the advertising company to come up with an ad that would make sure no one went out and shopped a Volt after seeing it!...........LOL My buddy asked why I bought a car that only goes 40 miles on a charge? That pretty much sums up how confusing and uninformative the advertising was.