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We Hear: Next Hyundai Genesis Sedan to Feel More “German,” Four-Door Coupe Possible

2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan headlight closeup

The original Hyundai Genesis sedan made quite the entrance into the premium car market, but the automaker’s luxury offerings will only become more ambitious in the next few years. Automobile Magazine recently talked with Hyundai’s John Krafcik, who shared a few interesting details on the automaker’s future in the U.S.

The continued success of the Hyundai Genesis sedan will start with available all-wheel drive. Krafcik says the new Genesis sedan that’s unveiled at the 2014 Detroit auto show will feel more “German.” In a Second Take review of a 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec sedan, we noted that the R-Spec model “lacks the high-speed handling feel that its name indicates, but not once was it difficult to keep the car on its intended course.” We also had minor issues with the quality of certain interior parts of the R-Spec sedan, which accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Hyundai HCD 14 Genesis Concept front left view1 300x187 imageKrafcik told Automobile that the new Genesis will be more traditional — perhaps making that possible is a boldly styled coupe-like four-door. Using a few basic design elements from the controversial HCD-14 concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show, a coupe-like four-door Hyundai priced right could help the automaker steal customers away from cars like the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Audi A7.

Those who want a real coupe, however, may still consider the Hyundai Genesis two-door. While the current car can’t fit a V-8 under its hood, Krafcik says the next-gen Genesis Coupe may offer power from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 or even a naturally aspirated V-8. Though Hyundai doesn’t distinguish sales of the Genesis coupe from the sedan, Genesis sales pale in comparison to other rear-drive coupes like the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang as well as the Dodge Challenger.

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion concept revealed

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion

Volkswagen has unveiled the Golf blue-e-motion concept car in a ceremonial presentation today for the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel.

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion Concept front

The all-electric Golf blue-e-motion features an electric motor with 85 kW /115 PS under the bonnet powered by lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor provides an instant torque of 270 Nm (199 lb-ft), right from the go, while the batteries allow for a range of up to 150 km (93 mi). Top speed for the electric Golf is a respectable 140 km/h (87 mph).

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion Concept electric motor

VW will be manufacturing a fleet of 500 Golf blue e-motion models for testing next year. The Wolfsburg-based automaker plans on taking the car to production in 2013, after the debut of the VW Up blue-e-motion. Volkswagen is also planning on a Jetta blue-e-motion to be introduced that same year.

The German federal government has a goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020. VW hopes to be the main supplier of those cars.

But the automaker wants to make clear that its not only the car industry that is responsible for reducing emissions.

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion Concept dashboard

“Future electric cars give us enormous opportunities for reshaping mobility to be even more sustainable…[but] the federal government must ensure that eco-friendly energy sources are utilised. Only then will we experience a genuine transition to a new era,” said Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of VW, in the press release.