Hyundai Motor Group becomes world's No. 3 automaker in sales volume

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I think Lexus should have made three variants of the current LS, one called the LS 350tt (416hp) and a second variant with the 5.0L 2UR-GSE V8 (472hp) and call it a true LS 500...that would bring back buyers and of course the LS 500h (354hp).

I agree. I don't think it was all doom and gloom and Lexus made a huge miscalculation here by getting rid of desirable powertrains. Toyota/Lexus getting rid of the V6 in favor of a 4-cylinder in cars like the Highlander and RX is a huge mistake IMHO. People still want big powertrains with decent fuel efficiency.

BMW is doing an excellent job at it. Learn from them.
 

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What do you guys think? Definitely getting Porsche vibes from the design.
 
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I prefer the retro look of the I5 but Hyundai dealers will be happy they got another car that buyers will be waiting for. Wake me up when this comes N Vision 74 is available.
 
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I attended the LA Autoshow today which was the last day and got a chance to see the Ioniq 6 in person. The rear quarter definitely reminds me of the old Infiniti J30 that had a saggy rear end. Sitting in the rear seats there is plenty of leg room. The floor is raised because the battery is underneath the floor. Interior such as the door panels, dash, seats, center console, carpet, etc. are made with sustainable materials. However I would not purchase a soulless BEV. I do have a couple of hybrids which have a soul (gas engines) and are used primarily for commuting.

Next door there was an awesome looking Genesis convertible and coupe...I'll post pics when I get a chance.

As a matter of fact I have put down a $1K deposit on a 2023 Grecian Water blue IS 500 FSP. Gotta support the NA V8 and keep one as a collection since it's going away (I hate that it is due to certain state government mandates banning gasoline engines, CAFE rules, etc.).
 

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I attended LA auto show for first time in 2021, a lot bigger that SF that I'm used to.

I cannot purchase a souless slow hybrid with a 4 banger tuned like a diesel for EPA fuel efficiency which is very typical setup.
Agreed, that IS500 is one of a very special breed of automobile. luv it.

Hyundai is gaining market share with both BEV and ICE setups, without appealing to enthusiasts.
 

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I attended the SF Autoshow back in 2008 at the SF convention center and I remember going downstairs to the various auto makers exhibits. I enjoyed it and also remember that there weren't as many people attending. The OC autoshow is also smaller than the LA autoshow but felt that more people showed up to the OC autoshow than the SF autoshow.

Hyundai had a big presence at the LA autoshow which also included separate exhibits for Genesis and Kia. I attached pictures of the Genesis convertible and coupe which are awesome looking vehicles. Hyundai has come a long way.

There were a few no shows such as Acura, Audi, BMW/Mini, Infiniti, Mercedes, Tesla. In the past Bentley, Rolls, Ferreri and Lamborghini stopped showing up to the LA autoshow.
 

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