Genesis has unseated Porsche as the most appealing car brand in J.D. Power’s 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study (APEAL).
Based on nearly 68,000 responses from purchasers and lessees of 2018 model year vehicles, participants who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership, APEAL measures owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement across 77 attributes. The 2018 study tallied significant gains for some automakers, most notably Genesis.
Hyundai’s premium brand tops the list for the first ever, not only knocking Porsche to the second spot but also beating the likes of BMW (3rd), Mercedes-Benz (5th), Audi (6th) and Lexus (10th). Lincoln fared well at the number four spot.
In the mass market segment, Chevrolet and GMC ranked highest. Ram came in third, followed by Dodge and Ford, respectively .
The biggest improvements came from Mitsubishi and then Dodge, Jeep, GMC and Chevrolet in that order.
Interestingly, sales powerhouses like Toyota, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, and Jeep all scored below the industry average, but we get the feeling the result will have little to no impact on their bottom line. Find the full list below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
You Won’t Need Car Keys With Hyundai’s Smart Fingerprint Tech
Not only can the technology unlock your car doors using nothing more than your finger tip, but it’s also able to start the engine.
Hyundai has unveiled a new smart fingerprint technology that lets drivers control various functions of their car with their fingerprint.
Placing your finger on a sensor located on the door handle lets you unlock the doors, while simply touching the ignition — it’s equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor — starts the vehicle. The encrypted fingerprint information is identified and processed by an on-board fingerprint controller.
Considering that most vehicles are often driven by more than one driver, Hyundai’s smart fingerprint technology can easily recognize different drivers and automatically adjust the interior to their preset preferences, including seating position, mirror angle and connected car features.
The technology premiers in the latest Hyundai Santa Fe in early 2019, but only in select markets.
2020 Genesis G90 Brings Massive Styling Update
A few cosmetic changes have resulted in a more substantial-looking vehicle.
The Genesis G90 has received a significant visual overhaul that ushers in a new design language for the premium brand.
Up front, Genesis’s flagsip sedan features a bigger grille with honeycomb inserts and more angular headlights accented by a thin, long LED strip, while the rear end is highlighted by a new horizontal lights connected by a light bar. New 19-inch wheels new exhaust finishers contribute to its more stately presence.
The changes to the interior are less significant. It retains the same basic design but gains an over-the-air updating system for maps and software, as well as the latest interation of Genesis’ infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Manfred Fitzgerald, the executive vice president and global head of the firm, stated:
“G90 is not just the flagship of Genesis, but the premium automotive flagship of South Korea, and it will continue to spearhead our global brand identity.”
Technical specifications have not been released. The 2019 model can be equipped with either a twin-turbocharged, 3.3-liter V6 rated at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque or a naturally-aspirated, 5.0-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque on tap, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2020 Genesis G90 is currently on sale in South Korea and should arrive in North American sometime in 2019.
Genesis Reveals World’s First 3D Digital Instrument Cluster
The Korean firm says the 12.3-inch screen is the first with realistic 3D imagery.
Genesis has previewed its new 3D digital instrument cluster, which premiers in the the new G70 sedan.
According to , the digital 12.3-inch screen is said to be the first instrument cluster to use 3D imagery. It tracks the driver’s eyes and uses stereoscopy to give the illusion of depth.
It is customizable like other modern instrument clusters, allowing the driver to choose what information is displayed such as traditional gauges, directions and even a lap timer, as well as turn off the 3D effect if they find it uncomfortable.
The screen will also have its own modes that will change depending on what driving mode is selected. For example, spot mode highlights the readings for speed and engine revs.
Genesis’ new 3D digital instrument cluster will initially launch in Korea before potentially making its way to North America and elsewhere around the world.