In 2009 Hyundai introduced their first upscale model, the Genesis. This full sized budget-luxury sedan was met with equal parts fanfare and pundits. As it turned out, Hyundai was right and this first generation luxury sedan brought credible success to this new sub-brand for the Korean manufacturer. We had the opportunity to drive several versions of the original Genesis sedan and we liked it, yet it lacked aplomb in its driving behavior. Six model years went by and Hyundai worked hard to redesign the Genesis which is now available as a 2015 model with two engine sizes, the 311 V6 or the high power buttery-smooth 420 HP V8. We drove the larger engine version for one week and came away quite impressed with the latest Genesis.
Growing up, my father had a perpetual string of Cadillac Fleetwoods which he loved. These where large, comfortable luxo-barges of the 1970’s and 80’s that coddled six occupants and isolated them from the road. The world has moved on and today the largest Cadillac sedan available is the XTS. Even though it’s no Fleetwood, it does a great job as the brand’s full-sized sedan flagship (for the time being).
BMW M6 Gran Coupé (2014)
BMW has hit it out of the park with their newest M series. The lines are sumptuous and the look, regardless of which angle you view it from, is superb. Based off the 5 Series platform, this is a four-door coupe that truly offers agility, luxury, performance and comfort.
VW Beetle (2013)
Built in Puebla Mexico, the redesigned 2013 Beetle is significantly improved over the previous generation model. We had the opportunity of driving a turbo cabriolet Beetle for a week and found it to be a pleasant surprise all around. The look of the new model is all Beetle, yet seems less polarizing than before. Yes, I will come out and say it, the previous generation Beetle was a girls car!
Text and photos by: Juan G. Robbin
Art Basel Miami has become the place to be the 1st week in December for avant-garde art collectors as well as car manufacturers. This year, BMW presented two special cars in two gorgeous venues. The U.S. introduction of BMW’s 17th Art Car. This particular car being a BMW M3 GT2 race-car done by artist Jeff Koons.
TOKYO (Nov. 20, 2013) — More compact than the pioneering RX luxury utility vehicle (LUV) at 182.7 inches long with a 106.3 inch wheelbase, the LF-NX Turbo concept focuses on the growing segment of smaller, more urban-centric compact premium crossovers. For more information, click here.
TOKYO (Nov. 20, 2013) — Lexus unveiled its striking new production-ready RC coupe, scheduled for launch in 2014, at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The RC raises Lexus’ profile with a broader audience, injecting emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA which has become well known for building quality, refinement and reliability. For more information, click here.
This wild concept features a 503-horsepower engine and gives a spectacular glance into the future of the GTI. For more information, click here.
Pleasantly surprised! This was the phrase I used over and over during my week with the gorgeous red Mazda 6. In the competitive high-volume mid-sized sedan market segment, most offerings are bland and uninteresting. Yet the Mazda 6 has a subtle yet distinctive appeal that makes it stand out from the crowd. Think about it, de-badge the competitive sedans and most, if not all, will be hard pressed to identify.