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Happy Easter Hyundai!

Posted in Auto Articles with tags , , , , on April 12, 2009 by consortiumoffools

Not only is the latest generation of Accent egg-shaped, the cars come in Easter colors!

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The Accent is Hyundai’s smallest car.  It’s sole purpose is cheap transportation.  It’s tiny, cute, and now comes with Hyundai’s brand new Assurance Plus financing plan.   The plan allows buyers to retain their vehicle for three months after they loose their job.  The pessimists (or realists, depending on how you see it) over at Korea’s finest foresee even more layoffs within the year.  If this happens to you, and you just bought one of their cars, Hyundai will pay your car payments for 3 months.  If you’re still unemployed you can just take the thing back to the dealership without negative effects on your credit.  All car dealerships take back their cars if owners cannot make car payments, but it usually kicks the owner’s credit in the ass.

A more interesting set of Hyundais is the Genesis.  There are two: the Genesis sedan and the Genesis coupe.  Each is a totally separate vehicle with few common bonds.  They are both RWD and are a noticeable step above the average Hyundai.  The designers actually tried to create a few high-end products instead of an econocrapbox-max (sorry Accent).

The two-door is what really excites me.  It can be ordered with one of two engine configurations, one a 3.8-liter V-6 with 306 horsepower, and the other is a 2.0-liter turbo four, with 210 horsepower.  And remember, rear-wheel drive!  Its wheels are set close to the corners, similar to the other comparable sport coupes.  This design allows for better handling and steering response (think Mini Cooper, but less so).

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The car is a bit heavy as it sits (3300 lbs) but in the fall we’ll see a track version that costs $3,000 less, weighs less (no sunroof, no blue tooth, powerless seats), and features a torsen LSD and Brembo brakes.  All from the factory, all under warranty.  Hyundai, who do you think you are?  Honda?

The second car with the Genesis name plate is a sedan.  It’s larger and emulates a Lexus.  It’s yet another good example of why Japan should take Korean metal more seriously.

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The sedan is the largest project Hyundai has taken on yet, and they’re aiming for the top.  A 375 horsepower 4.7 liter V8  powers this four thousand pound beast.  The styling and quality of the workmanship are alongside its Japanese counterparts.  The interior possesses several more amenities than a typical Hyundai, such as a center console media selector knob and a navigation system.    Roomier, comfier, and quieter than any other Hyundai, this large luxury sedan may not be quite as nice as a BMW or Lexus, but for $37,250, it’s a great deal!

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