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.
First Genesis Electric Car Is Coming In 2021
The Korean premium marque is moving very quickly with its electrification program.
Genesis has confirmed that it’s first electric car will release in 2021, and it will be based on an all-new EV platform.
In an interview with Australia’s , the company confirmed that its first electric car is almost here. While it’s not exactly known what form the model will take, the company is believed to be working on both a sedan and SUV to compete with Tesla head-on, and a production version of the Mint hatchback concept (pictured) is also reportedly in the pipeline.
Genesis is expected to even utilize parent company Hyundai’s world-leading hydrogen technology for a number of fuel cell vehicles to complement its lineup of battery-powered vehicles.
“We are very well positioned with alternative technologies. For now we are focused on the near term,” Manfred Fitzgerald, global boss of the Genesis brand stated. “In 2021 we have our first fully dedicated new EV platform… We are moving very fast on this.”
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Genesis Simplifies Leasing With New Spectrum Program
The program is intend to make leasing a Genesis a simpler, one-stop proposition.
Genesis has launched its new Spectrum program, which is a subscription-like program that looks to simplify the leasing process.
Like Lexus’ Complete Lease program, the Genesis Spectrum program combines the standard lease payment and insurance into one payment, making it a simpler, one-stop proposition for shoppers to obtain a G70, G80 or G90. However, unlike other subscription programs such as the Care by Volvo program, it doesn’t let buyers swap out their vehicle after a short period.
In the Unites States, the insurance is provided by Metlife Home & Auto, with a $500 deductible. The 36-month leases start at $489 per month with a $2,699 down payment for the G70, $569 per month with $3,999 down for the G80 and $909 per month with $5,499 down for the G90.
Although insurance is covered in the Spectrum payment, taxes and registration fees are not and must be paid separately.
Finally, as with Genesis model, cars leased through the Spectrum program also come with Service Valet, where dealers will pick up and drop off the owners’ car for servicing, as well as roadside assistance, three years of map updates and a Genesis Connected Services telematics subscription.
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.