2015 Hyundai Genesis to offer Google Glass integration

February 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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Hyundai announces Google Glass integration for 2015 GenesisWe suppose it was simply a matter of when (rather than ‘if’) wearable technology would infiltrated automobiles, and apparently that time has come. Hyundai has just announced that its new-for-2015 Genesis Sedan will be compatible with Google Glass thanks to its Blue Link infotainment system.

“As a leader in connected car technology, we’re always exploring new ways to use technology to enhance the ownership experience for our customers. Wearables are a great way to extend the experience outside of the vehicle by leveraging these small screens to quickly access remote features and deliver timely vehicle information,” said Barry Ratzlaff, the executive director of Customer Connect and Service Business Development for Hyundai.

Customers will need to download a Blue Link Glassware app to manage their new Genesis, but once that’s sorted, owners will be treated to little “cards” that pop up on the Google Glass interface. Push notifications will show when maintenance is due and customers will even be able to schedule service via Glass. Features like remote start, remote locking and a vehicle finder will also be available, while points of interest will be selectable and loadable into the navigation system via Google Send-to-Car.

“In 2013, we saw millions of commands sent to Hyundai vehicles from our Blue Link mobile application,” said Ratzlaff. “As new screens emerge, we see a real opportunity to expand our app strategy to provide added convenience for our owners.”

Of course, on some level, this new compatibility presupposes that using Google Glass and similar technologies while driving is legal – and that’s something that’s clearly up for debate right now on local, state, and federal levels.

Either way, there’s a short press release from Hyundai below, highlighting some of the features and benefits of having Google Glass in the Genesis. Scroll down to take a look.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan can be yours for under $40K [w/video]

February 8, 2014 at 2:39 am

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While we’ve already tested Hyundai’s all-new, second-generation Genesis Sedan in its home market, the Korean brand unveiled the American-spec luxury car to the sleep-deprived journalists of Detroit.

The big sedan isn’t wildly different from its KDM counterpart, boasting the same pair of engines that have done so well in the first-generation car. The 5.0-liter V8 still produces 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.8-liter V6 returns 333 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the current cars, the standard eight-speed automatic can send power to all four wheels, if so optioned. Rear drive remains standard.

The big piece of news surrounding the new Genesis is that Hyundai is aiming to keep the luxury sedan’s starting price below $40,000. We knew official pricing hadn’t been released, but according to a report from Automotive News, the company is confident the entry level models should remain quite reasonably priced.

We’ve been trolling the floors of Cobo Hall in Detroit, and have a range of images direct from the Genny Sedan’s unveiling. Take a peak at those at the top of the page, and then scroll down for the press blast from Hyundai and our images from the Korean drive event.

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Hyundai Genesis V8 HTRAC may come with performance orientation

February 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

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When the second-generation Hyundai Genesis arrives in dealers, customers looking for the new all-wheel-drive variant will need to settle for the 3.8-liter V6. This is no bad thing, as the V6 is a sound engine, but what if you want that brawny, 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8? For now, you’re stuck spinning the rear wheels.

A report from AutoGuide, though, claims that the new HTRAC all-wheel-drive system could be mated up to the Genny Sedan’s optional V8 engine at a later date, as part of a new performance version. According to spokesman Miles Johnson, a performance-minded Genesis, perhaps in the same vein as the first-generation R-Spec, is being looked at by the powers that be at Hyundai and that there “may be a market demand for such a model.”

Whether it’d add on to the V8′s 429 ponies, or simply shore up other parts of the car while adding the AWD system remains to be seen. Of course, if we hear any more on an AWD, V8-powered, performance version of the new Genesis Sedan, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Hyundai’s 2015 Genesis Super Bowl commercial is Dad-approved

February 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

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Hyundai Super Bowl Ad

Super Bowl commercials allow advertising and marketing execs the opportunity to let their hair down, have a bit of fun and get silly. That’s why Audi’s ad features a mutant, CGI-animated dog, GoDaddy’s spot features a beefcake Danica Patrick and Kia has recruited Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, from the Matrix films. Hyundai, meanwhile, didn’t seem to get the memo.

It’s not that its spot is bad, but it does feel a bit boring, playing a lot like Hyundai’s non-Super Bowl advertisements – in other words, not something we’re going to be talking about next Monday around the water cooler. Called Dad’s Sixth Sense, the 30-second clip shows off the 2015 Genesis Sedan and its auto emergency braking system, after showing dad’s saving their kids from what we imagine would be fairly painful, and in some cases horrific, accidents (tackling a hot barbecue, anyone?).

We’ve got the full spot down below. Keep your eye out for it on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Hyundai releases series of KDM Genesis videos

December 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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We had plenty of nice things to say about the sleek, new Hyundai Genesis Sedan when we drove the Korean domestic market version late last month. And while we’re still waiting to find out just when the new rear-driver will arrive in the US market, Hyundai’s home-market operations have released a series of videos on the new sedan.

Now, unfortunately, all the videos are in Korean. While we haven’t the foggiest idea of what they’re actually saying, the eight videos in the series give a great look at the new Genesis Sedan in motion, as well as showing off some of the development process behind the newest member of the Hyundai family.

We’ve embedded all eight videos below for your viewing pleasure. Have a look below.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis

November 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

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It’s not easy to drive a prototype-level version of the upcoming, second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan.

Three hours in airports; fourteen hours in a plane; two hours riding in a car from a Iuncheon to my hotel in the now-famous Gangnam district of downtown Seoul; another two hours-plus on a bus from Seoul out to the Hyundai nerve center in Namyang. And that’s just the travel.

Finally settled into a massive presentation room deep in the heart of the Namyang R&D center, freshly denuded of all of my camera gear and fortified with abundant coffee and green tea cookies, I still faced hours of product presentation; question and answer sessions with a large team of engineers, designers and executives; an official unveiling under the soaring dome of the Design Hall; a strolling lunch and more coffee. And then, finally, a shuttle ride to the proving grounds around which the whole facility hums with enterprise for an all-too-brief stint behind the wheel of a car that, by this point, I’m basically slavering to get my hands on.

Say this for the South Koreans: they know how to build suspense.

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Hyundai Genesis sedan recall swells to 43,500

November 10, 2013 at 1:36 am

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Hyundai is expanding a recall we reported on a few weeks back regarding some 2009 to 2012 Genesis Sedans. In our earlier post we mentioned some 40,000 units were affected, but that only 27,500 were covered under the original, voluntary recall.

Now, the recall has grown, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with Hyundai asking the owners of 43,500 affected vehicles to report in for service. The issue relates to brake fluid that doesn’t prevent corrosion of the hydraulic electronic control unit, a problem that has led to 23 complains, a documented crash for one owner and another owner losing control of their vehicle.

Owners of the affected sedans are being notified by Hyundai and asked to report to dealers to have the brake fluid replaced. Naturally, the work will be done free of charge. Take a look below for the official NHTSA bulletin.

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Hyundai Genesis to get anti-drowsiness CO2 sensor plus hand-and-foot-free Smart Trunk

October 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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We’re still recovering from the jetlag incurred on a trip to South Korea last week, where a cordial group at Hyundai showed us, among other things, the nearly completed 2015 Hyundai Genesis. There is still a bit of time stretching between now and when we’re allowed to bring you our First Drive of the second-generation Genesis prototype, but we have been cleared to break off news of two heretofore unheard of features that will debut on the premium sedan.

The first, and arguably most interesting of the two, is a carbon dioxide sensor inside the cabin of the Genesis. The goal of the sensor is to measure CO2 outputted by the cars’ human occupants (not the CO2 coming out of the tailpipe, which shouldn’t make it into the cabin), as Hyundai tells us that high levels of the stuff help to increase occurrences of drowsiness while driving.

Conceived of by a Hyundai engineer who struggled with staying alert during his long commute home from Namyang, the system detects when in-cabin CO2 levels rise above 2,500 parts per million, then vents the compartment via the HVAC system when that threshold is reached. The CO2 venting system may be turned off, should a driver not want the cabin filled with fresh air – we’re guessing this might be a good thing on really cold days.

Hyundai will also be offering a hands-free Smart Trunk in the 2015 Genesis. Unlike similar systems that require some kind of motion from the key-holder to be activated

Hyundai Genesis to get anti-drowsiness CO2 sensor plus hand-and-foot-free Smart Trunk

October 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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2015 Hyundai Genesis rendering

We’re still recovering from the jetlag incurred on a trip to South Korea last week, where a cordial group at Hyundai showed us, among other things, the nearly completed 2015 Hyundai Genesis. There is still a bit of time stretching between now and when we’re allowed to bring you our First Drive of the second-generation Genesis prototype, but we have been cleared to break off news of two heretofore unheard of features that will debut on the premium sedan.

The first, and arguably most interesting of the two, is a carbon dioxide sensor inside the cabin of the Genesis. The goal of the sensor is to measure CO2 outputted by the cars’ human occupants (not the CO2 coming out of the tailpipe, which shouldn’t make it into the cabin), as Hyundai tells us that high levels of the stuff help to increase occurrences of drowsiness while driving.

Conceived of by a Hyundai engineer who struggled with staying alert during his long commute home from Namyang, the system detects when in-cabin CO2 levels rise above 2,500 parts per million, then vents the compartment via the HVAC system when that threshold is reached. The CO2 venting system may be turned off, should a driver not want the cabin filled with fresh air – we’re guessing this might be a good thing on really cold days.

Hyundai will also be offering a hands-free Smart Trunk in the 2015 Genesis. Unlike similar systems that require some kind of motion from the key-holder to be activated

Hyundai Genesis to get anti-drowsiness CO2 sensor plus hand-and-foot-free Smart Trunk

October 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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2015 Hyundai Genesis rendering

We’re still recovering from the jetlag incurred on a trip to South Korea last week, where a cordial group at Hyundai showed us, among other things, the nearly completed 2015 Hyundai Genesis. There is still a bit of time stretching between now and when we’re allowed to bring you our First Drive of the second-generation Genesis prototype, but we have been cleared to break off news of two heretofore unheard of features that will debut on the premium sedan.

The first, and arguably most interesting of the two, is a carbon dioxide sensor inside the cabin of the Genesis. The goal of the sensor is to measure CO2 outputted by the cars’ human occupants (not the CO2 coming out of the tailpipe, which shouldn’t make it into the cabin), as Hyundai tells us that high levels of the stuff help to increase occurrences of drowsiness while driving.

Conceived of by a Hyundai engineer who struggled with staying alert during his long commute home from Namyang, the system detects when in-cabin CO2 levels rise above 2,500 parts per million, then vents the compartment via the HVAC system when that threshold is reached. The CO2 venting system may be turned off, should a driver not want the cabin filled with fresh air – we’re guessing this might be a good thing on really cold days.

Hyundai will also be offering a hands-free Smart Trunk in the 2015 Genesis. Unlike similar systems that require some kind of motion from the key-holder to be activated