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Hyundai Showcases Its Power

Magna Motors, the Jamaican dealers for Hyundai, recently extended an invitation to Hyundai's Truck and Bus Mega Fair, held in Kintex, South Korea, to The Gleaner. A six-member team including media, a Magna Motors representative, as well as business clients witnessed the magnitude of Hyundai's automobile strength at Kintex Exhibition Center, a 90,000 square-metre facility. "The aim behind taking and exposing our clients to Hyundai is to give them a deeper understanding of the brand by showing our support, structure, and commitment to providing a quality product," said Andrew Channer, representing fleet and commercial sales at Magna Motors.

With a revamped marketing strategy since the mid-2000s, the brand has been able to grow in the Western Hemisphere's auto industry, especially in the car and SUV markets.

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Among a crowded field of vehicles seeking to cater to drivers’ need to transport their loved ones, Hyundai’s 2017 Sonata has been named the Best Sedan by Parents Magazine and Edmunds on their 10th annual list of 10 Best Family Cars.

Stemming from a partnership between two of the most trusted outlets in parenting and automotive, respectively, the award recognizes 10 total vehicles pulled from various classifications to address the myriad needs of families on the road, from fuel efficiency to passenger and cargo capacity and beyond. In addition, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe was one of only five vehicles recognized with an honorable mention by the outlets.

The Sonata was recognized for its spacious interior, as well as luxury features such as Apple CarPlay and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. When it comes to keeping families safe on the road, Sonata is loaded with safety features such as seven standard airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and a rear parking assistance system, among others. Sonata’s impressive list of advanced safety technology has led to an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation and an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA.

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Thrilling win in Argentina!

Day 3: Thierry and Nicolas make it two in a row

We can always rely on Rally Argentina to create a thrilling finale and this year’s event certainly did not disappoint! In scenes reminiscent of last season’s event when Hayden and John claimed a stunning victory, the outcome of this year’s rally went right down to the Power Stage.

Our Belgians Thierry and Nicolas had been gaining on rally leader Elfyn Evans since Saturday morning. They moved to within 0.6-seconds after a sensational drive through Mina Clavero – Giulio Cesare, the penultimate stage of the rally. The scene was set for the ultimate showdown.

Vying for glory

Two crews went head-to-head for glory in the El Condor Power Stage – and it was our #5 crew who came out on top by a fraction. Just 0.7 seconds split the top two. It was the third closest finish to the WRC event in history!

“I have never had such a nerve-wracking final few minutes of a rally in my career,” said an overwhelmed Thierry at stage-end. “It’s an amazing result and I’d like to say thanks to the whole team for everything they’ve done this weekend. Congratulations to Elfyn, who put up an incredible fight.”

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Hyundai's Genesis Brand Is A Legitimate Challenger To German Luxury Automakers

Few people who can afford a $65,000 to $75,000 luxury car will consider spending that kind of scratch on a Hyundai. It’s a transaction that doesn’t compute for anyone not born in the carmaker's home country of South Korea.

Pretty good reason then that Hyundai – eager to tap into the luxury profit margins enjoyed by BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus – is calling its luxury brand “Genesis,” the name it gave its first upscale sedan modeled after the BMW 5-Series, and a coupe it pitted against, among other two-seaters, The Ford Mustang. Then came the Hyundai Equus, a shot at the heart of the luxury sedan market, but that sold roughly as well as parkas in Hawaii.

As names go, Genesis is a pretty good one. And the toothy wide mouth grille topped by the spread-wing ornament of the 2017 Genesis G90 makes for a pretty nice arrival. Still new enough to be largely unknown, each time the valet brought my 90 out for me at my Los Angeles hotel, the car caught comments and curiosity, and not one offered a “pffffffft.” It was more like “what is that?” “How Much?” “Pretty nice.” “Wow!”

None of Hyundai’s previous attempts at luxury–the Genesis and Equus– was really a legitimate threat to Lexus and Mercedes. But let me just say to the German brands writing off the new Genesis G90…Achtung! Yes, pay attention. The South Koreans have the drive, the resources and the commitment to make a dent in your market. And the 90, as well as its less expensive showroom mate, the 80, have made quite an impression.

Perfect? No. But Hyundai and its Genesis division have a machine that is only going to get better with each refreshed design and new model.

And the G90 is a lot of car already. To get the equipment, features and technology that are in the $72,000 top of the line G90, you’d easily encroach on or surpass $100,000 with an Audi A8, BMW 7 Series or Mercedes S-Class.

LED daytime running and tail lamps; 12.3-inch navigation screen; cut and stitched multi-layered dash; surround sound stereo; 22-way power seats with both heating and cooling features; climate and audio controls in the rear-seat console, giving a limousine feel to the car; adaptive cruise control; three years of free scheduled maintenance; valet services, Genesis Connected Services, SiriusXM Travel Link and Map care for the navigation system. The only thing wanting perhaps is some of the state-of-the-art accident avoidance tech.

The Koreans got the exterior very much right, though the C-pillar (behind the rear windows) feels a bit chunkily carved. But this is a small thing, and does not overshadow the overall substantial feel of the car.

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