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Director : Daniel Espinosa.
Writer : Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick.
Producer : Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Dana Goldberg, David Ellison.
Release : March 22, 2017
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Columbia Pictures, Skydance Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Nvizage.
Language : 广州话 / 廣州話, English, 日本語.
Runtime : 103 min.
Genre : Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller.

‘Life’ is a movie genre Horror, was released in March 22, 2017. Daniel Espinosa was directed this movie and starring by Jake Gyllenhaal. This movie tell story about The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extra-terrestrial life, which proves more intelligent than ever expected.

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  • Geostorm (2017)

  • Duration
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    Genre
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  • In Cinemas
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    Language
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  • Country
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Movie ‘Geostorm’ was released in October 19, 2017 in genre Action. Dean Devlin was directed this movie and starring by Gerard Butler. This movie tell story about Gerard Butler playing a stubborn but charming satellite designer who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work together with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. A trip into space follows, while on Earth a plot to assassinate the president begins to unfold.

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Electric Entertainment, Warner Bros., Skydance Productions.

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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Director : Michael Bay.
Writer : Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Zak Penn, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Jeff Pinkner, Steven S. DeKnight, Robert Kirkman, Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beer.
Producer : Steven Spielberg, Don Murphy, Akiva Goldsman, Ian Bryce, Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Release : June 21, 2017
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Paramount Pictures, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Angry Films, Hasbro Studios.
Language : English.
Runtime : 149 min.
Genre : Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, Adventure.

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is a movie genre Action, was released in June 21, 2017. Michael Bay was directed this movie and starring by Mark Wahlberg. This movie tell story about Autobots and Decepticons are at war, with humans on the sidelines. Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

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The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Director : F. Gary Gray.
Writer : Chris Morgan.
Producer : Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel.
Release : April 12, 2017
Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Universal Pictures, Original Film, One Race Films.
Language : English.
Runtime : 136 min.
Genre : Action, Crime, Thriller.

‘The Fate of the Furious’ is a movie genre Action, was released in April 12, 2017. F. Gary Gray was directed this movie and starring by Vin Diesel. This movie tell story about When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

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2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell (1083-1)

Introduction: One of my readers has agreed to share his experience with the Hyundai Fuel Cell Vehicle. Since I test drove the prototype GM HyWire FCV about 7 years ago the technology has finally matured to an actual commercial application. Herewith this consumers take on the newest breakthrough to an alternate powered vehicle for the average commuter. I have edited his story to comply with space requirements for publication but did not change the meaning intended.

Overview:

The 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

By Brian Wood

Hyundai announced their lease program early 2014 so I signed up.  Presumably because there’s no hydrogen fueling station near my residence in Agua Dulce I wasn’t’ accepted. But since Burbank is the closest hydrogen station, which is where I work, they agreed and I signed the lease. I’ve been a fan of hydrogen fuel cell technology for some time, so this is a great opportunity to validate that fuel cell technology is indeed a viable option heading into the future.

Briefly, most fuel cell-powered vehicles are simply electric cars that generate their own electricity on-board by converting hydrogen and oxygen to electricity and water which condenses to a trickle of water out the tailpipe.  The key advantages of fuel cell vehicles over electric cars is (1) increased range between fill-ups which I’ve found 260 miles is a realistic figure. People who are familiar with EVs (Electric Vehicles) will appreciate the second important fact – (2) decreased time to re-fill (8 to10 minutes) versus many hours for a plug-in electric car. Other than those two differences a fuel cell vehicle drives and behaves just like any other electric vehicle.

Unlike some other FCVs (Toyota, Honda, and Mercedes for example), Hyundai’s Tucson looks almost exactly the same as the conventional model. Others are more futuristic in styling.

To me, that’s one of the attractions of this car – how “normal” it is.  For all practical purposes, it’s a nicely appointed 5-seater compact SUV that just happens to drive in near-silence.  But it also qualifies for a carpool lane sticker indicating you are a “zero emissions” vehicle.

General Information:  Essentially it’s a well-equipped Tucson Limited FWD with Hyundai’s “Technology Package”. The gasoline engine and fuel tank are replaced with a 134-horsepower electric drive motor, 100-kilowatt fuel cell stack, and hydrogen reservoir. The only color option is white exterior with black leather interior.  All maintenance is fully covered under Hyundai’s concierge program with some exclusive features for fuel cell owners.

Handling & Performance:

As expected you sit up high and have good visibility. Hyundai upgraded the suspension to accommodate the increased weight of the fuel cell drivetrain and it handles and ride better than the “conventional” Tucson. Braking is very good including regenerative braking that isn’t too intrusive. Acceleration from a stop is great, with instant torque and power, though it tapers off above 30mph, making quick launches to highway speeds a bit lacking.  It is fun to drive briskly around town, but not very snappy at freeway speeds.

Cost:

While conventional Tucson’s are competitively priced, roughly $28,000 for a comparably outfitted gasoline Tucson, the fuel cell version is hard to rate.  For insurance purposes, Hyundai states these are $50,000 vehicles for an outright purchase.  However, for a leased vehicle the monthly lease cost of $499 per month includes all fuel and maintenance, which makes it reasonably attractive.

Toyota’s Mirai  (a 4-door Sedan) will be available June/July 2015 and will cost $57,000 purchase or a lease option also at $499 per month. It is not clear if that includes fuel and maintenance as does the Hyundai.

Conveniences and comfort:

Very well appointed, other than no sunroof or cruise control. Cargo room is good with very little space given up for the hydrogen fuel tank and it has all the features you would expect including adjustable seats, power windows/locks/mirrors, seat warmers, navigation, Bluetooth, etc. The seats are very comfortable (and heated) and combined with adjustable steering, neither my wife nor I have any problem easily getting into a good driving position.

Consumer Recommendation:

While Hyundai (and sister Kia) have long offered excellent value, this vehicle is obviously a bit different.  If you can deal with the limited fueling stations (California has a program to add more) and take full advantage of the lease, it’s a good deal and fun alternative to “usual” cars.  If you want cutting-edge drivetrain technology in a car that doesn’t feel like it’s trying to be something out of the Jetson’s, it’s worth a look.

Recognized Competition:  

Conventional: Honda CRV, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5. Hydrogen FCV’s, there aren’t many current options. This Hyundai Tucson, Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Mercedes has a few models.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Good News:

Good handling, comfortable, easy to drive car with excellent features and good fit and finish.  It is exceptionally quiet.

Bad News:                                   

Heavy, slow to accelerate to higher speeds, only available as a lease (with no buy-out option). The current lack of fueling stations is inconvenient (to say the least).

Standard Equipment:   

134-horsepower electric drive motor, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Dual front and side airbags, automatic headlights (projector headlamps with LED accent lights), fog lights, dual automatic temperature control, rear window defroster, heated seats (2+2), trip computer, remote keyless entry with alarm, proximity keyless entry with electronic push-button start, multiple 12-volt outlets, interior mirror with compass, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, LATCH anchors, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), 360-watts AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with amp and 7 speakers, navigation, 7” high-resolution touch-screen display and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition and rearview camera.

Gas Stats:

EPA 50 mpg-e (miles per gallon equivalent) with zero emissions. Additionally, the lease includes all the fuel you use, so it’s hard to compare gas to hydrogen equivalent.

Pricing:

Valued at $50,000, but only available on a 3-year, 36,000 mile lease for $499 per month plus fees/taxes and $2,999 due at signing (there is an available 45,000 mile option).  There is also a $5,000 California Clean Vehicle rebate available which helps offset costs considerably.

Closing Notes: Brian and I agree on most of his experiences and the main objection for me is the fact that there are currently only 9 Hydrogen refueling stations in California. It is estimated by Toyota that there will be 18 by year end 2015. Then depending on the acceptance of the technology by consumers stations surely will pop up all over just as Diesel availability did over the past several decades.

 

2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport (1076)

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport. Another Hyundai, you say! Yes because the story has to be told. Korean cars are today’s genre of yesterday’s Japanese automotive products.

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 3%, Korea 92%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Midsize. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Opinion:

Perhaps the economists’ best example of the marvels of Capitalism is being played out on the stage of life in South Korea. Take the time to check Google Earth and look at Korea. From the 38th parallel south you see the marvels of economic growth and prosperity for its people. Go north from that dividing line and you will see thick jungle and no life, prosperous or not.

If anyone tells me Adam Simth’s invisible hand (look it up) doesn’t work I’d respond – hooey, or some other more current day expletive likely to be a four letter word. I loved Economics class in college because it got me to thinking about what works and what doesn’t. Korea is the shining example of how well free enterprise works when allowed without too much regulation. So I sing the praises of the South Korean’s enterprising adventure a la America.

In the meantime Western Europe seems to be abandoning the principles of freedom and liberty and reaching out to Socialism as if it would work if implemented by today’s genius generation.

At the end of the day it appears each future generation is determined to ignore their elders counsel as they shun the successes of the past and now are hell bent on redoing what didn’t work first time around.

Handling & Performance:

173 horsepower performance was smooth shifting and responsive. It was a nice ride on the freeway to Solana Beach, CA area and did wonderfully over the mountain course that I call the crest test. I give this family and fun car an A-.

Styling:

Clean lines and a classy midsize sedan that I felt right at home in.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.

Cost:

You’ve gotta love this pricing in the low $20,000’s

Conveniences and comfort:

It does have air but manual is not my favorite thing. I prefer climate control so I can set it and forget it. One of my very favorite features is proximity key with push button start. I say they should make it standard equipment as one of the most convenient of features in today’s cars. You literally will never have to take the key fob out of your pocket or purse. And since a woman can never find her keys in her purse she won’t have to. If it isn’t there the car won’t open or start.

This model came equipped with an emergency tire puncture repair kit in liu of a spare tire and would not be my preference. On the other hand when was the last time you had a flat? And blow outs are even more rare and that would be the only time a repair kit wouldn’t work. So I’m guessing this will not be a big negative for most of us. In addition the added trunk space is nice and as it is quite large.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you are in the market for a new family sedan or just a commuter this is a great one to look at. How can you go wrong with such inviting pricing?

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Elantra Sport $23,000, Mazda 3 $24,000, Kia Forte $20,000, Acura IlX $28,000, Dodge Dart $24,000, Subaru WRX $32,000.

Good News:

Fantastic pricing, smooth ride, pretty looking as well as responsive in all situations – drag racing aside. And finally the sun visors are long enough to actually block the sun from the side windows. This is one of my pet peeves.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 173 horsepower 4-cylinder engine with CVVT (continuous variable valve timing), 6-speed automatic transmission with ‘shifttronic’, 17” Alloy wheels, LED rear tail lights, power tilt and slide sun roof, air conditioning, AM/FM / CD/ MP3 audio with 6 speakers and Sirius satellite radio, 4.3” color display with rear camera, proximity key with push button start, power driver seat with lumbar support, leather seating and steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, power windows and locks, power heated morrorssteering wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, 60/40 split fold down rear seat, rear center armrest with cup holders, emergency tire puncture repair kit in liu of spare.

Gas Stats:

$2.89/ Gal avg. February 21, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

24 City and 35 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $23,000.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport (1073)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport that is, to me, clearly influenced by the Genesis inside and out. And for the money Genesis remains at the top of my list of affordable luxury sedans. Sonata continues to mature and is approaching the level of luxury of  Genesis. Sonata offers prospective buyers more features and even a touch of luxury for less money than the competition. And if you have read my columns in the past you will have noticed Hyundai and sister company Kia are among my favorite car companies in the world today. I have toured one of Hyundai’s manufacturing facilities and it is impressive. But as important is the people who work for the company. There is something about emerging economic countries like South Korea who are still humble and try harder. Or perhaps the leaders have lost their edge as they are comfortable in the successes of their past. Case in point can be seen in the collapse of the Big three’s (GM, Ford and Chrysler) dominance of the 20th Century.

Remember the advertising campaign of Avis rent a car when they were fighting to compete with number one Hertz? Avis advertised, “We’re Number 2, we try harder”. After all these years I remember that more vividly than my attempt to remember my anniversary date even though my anniversary is far more important. Oh well. Sorry dear.

General Information: It is assembled in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, Parts – US/Canadian 46%, Korea 53%; Engine and transmission – USA Classification is Large cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Opinion:

Become a Safer Driver by Avoiding These Bad Driving Habits

Did you know that most auto accidents aren’t accidents at all? Most often, they are the result of driver error or inattention. Don’t make these dangerous driving mistakes.

Speeding – Slow down! Speeding is the most common bad driving habit and when combined with aggression, traffic congestion or driver inattention, it’s a dangerous one.

Stopping Suddenly – Avoid slamming on the brakes; you may catch the driver behind you unaware. Instead, focus ahead in order to anticipate potential hazards.

Running the Yellow – Never speed up when the light changes to yellow. If you have the option of stopping safely, slow down and come to a stop before the intersection.

Making Blind Turns – Always check your blind spot before making a lane change.

Ignoring Conditions – Always adjust your driving to road conditions. Wet or icy roads, poor visibility and heavy rain or snow can seriously impact your ability to steer clear of danger.

Lane Weaving – Drive in a predictable manner. Erratically darting in and out of lanes is a risky maneuver that confuses other drivers and causes collisions.

Failing to Signal – Let other drivers know what you intend to do by signaling your turns and lane changes.

Texting – Never send or read text messages while driving. Despite stricter distracted driving laws, many drivers are still guilty of taking their eyes off the road to check their phones.

Driving Drowsy or Drunk – Make it a rule to never drive drowsy or under the influence.

Tailgating – Make sure to leave enough distance between you and the car in front of you. Proper following distance in good weather is three seconds.

Handling & Performance:

Engines available include the 1.6 liter 4-cylinder Turbo that can deliver the best fuel economy, the 2.0 Turbocharged engine is peppier and the 2.4 liter seems to be the most popular with the 6-speed auto transmission. That’s the one I tested and it delivers quiet and seamless shifting and generally just a very comfortable ride.

Styling:

Beautiful.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Competitive with more for your money.

Conveniences and comfort:

Bluelink system is available on most Hyundai vehicles where trained operators are standing by to assist members in the event of an accident or other emergency help is needed. Automatic Collision Notification
Your vehicle will automatically call for help so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Consumer Recommendations:

Honda and Toyota have been best sellers primarily because they have been around for more time and have earned a perception of reliability at a reasonable price. Hyundai has been around in the U.S. for a few decades now and as more people experience this company’s cars I believe they will win over the masses.

In fact if you think those leaders are special because they are made in Japan you will find Japan’s notorious high cost of living is forcing change. Like the US and Europe they too have their cars built / assembled in Korea and China.

Test drive Hyundai and Kia – I believe you will be glad you did.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Sonata Sport $23,000, Chevrolet Malibu $23,000, Chrysler 200 $25,000, Honda Accord $24,000, Kia Optima $25,000 Mazda 6 $24,000, Nissan Altima $23,000, Volkswagen Passat $23,000.

Good News:

Great company, highly competitive and a great warranty. They are on the rise and therefore cheaper entry level pricing today won’t last forever.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.4 liter 185 horsepower 4-cyl engine, dual continuous variable valve timing, 6-speed auto transmission with shift tronic, drive mode select, 17” alloy wheels, ABS  with electronic BFD Brake Force Distribution and brake assist, traction control and vehicle stability management, front, side and side curtain and driver knee airbags, tire pressure monitor, LED daytime running lights, rearview camera, rear lip spoiler, auto light control, heated mirrors with turn signal indicators, blind spot detection, solar control widow glass, power windows and locks, cloth seating, power driver seat with lumbar support, 60/40 split folding rear seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise, audio and phone controls, air conditioning, 6” touchscreen audio display, AM/FM/CD/MP3 with iPod / USB and aux input jacks, Sirius radio, bluetooth hands free phone system, Blue link telematics system.

Gas Stats:

$2.69/ Gal avg. February 13, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

24 City and 35 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $23,175.

2015 Hyundai Genesis RWD 5.0 (1072)

Overview:
This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 RWD luxury sedan. I heard a saying from a lady about the importance of considering treating yourself to some of the finer things life has to offer. What did she suggest? “Fly 1stClass, because your heirs WILL”. And as you get older that is more apropos. This Genesis is surely like flying First Class.

But a lot of the cost of admission of owning this luxury car is not just fluff. New features available these days make you a safer and thus a better driver. A good example is the Lane Assist feature where you must use your turn signal while changing lanes or the car will resist crossing over the lines between lanes – kinda like raising your hand to go to the bathroom in school – remember? That feature is coupled with a blind spot alert so you can avoid side collisions. Really a helpful feature that sounds a warning when someone is in your blind spot. And of course adaptive or Smart Cruise Control will stop when you are distracted and fail to apply the brakes.

I change cars weekly but I still notice that it is easy to become dependent on the advanced features like those on this Genesis noted above. I appreciate them more every time I test a car equipped with such assists. Surely these will be standard some day on all cars.

Finally, another feature that adds to the driving experience is the Heads-up display with added information to be able to react more quickly without taking your eyes off the road. Speed, blind spot traffic, speed limit, Nav distance to next turn and space setting between car in front for Adaptive cruise.

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea, Classification is Large cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Fantastic generally because it is smoothly fast, comfortable and voice commands to avoid distractions.

Styling:

A real beauty.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Pricey in that it can cost what Equus (top of the line for Hyundai) did in the past few years. This 5.0 liter V8 and 420 HP reminds me of the Equus as the line between the two is not clear. The Genesis was more like $34,000 in 2013. I predicted the cost honeymoon would be over when people found how lovely Hyundai products are. It is just common sense that prices rise to meet the demand. The Genesis and the Equus will rival other luxury badges like the BMW and Audi at far more money still.

Conveniences and comfort:

1072 Genesis 5.0 puddle lightsThe price should tell you that there is a host of features that are all simply wonderful but again it’s gonna cost you. Advanced capability is not cheap and things like Intelligent Drive Mode Select (IDMS) is a driver-adjustable system that alters the transmission, steering, stability control and suspension settings (the last for the V8 model only, when equipped with adaptive suspension) is surely one subtle but effective features of the new Genesis.

An innovative touch that sets cars like the Genesis apart from its competition is a cool light that shines down on the ground as you enter or exit the car to light your footing. What is more unique is the Logo that is a crystal clear image on the ground. Really cool and you’ll want to look for that nice touch of class. You can bet other luxury platforms will copy this creative unique touch.

The Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system is yet another feature that links Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to provide stability on road surfaces that cause reduced traction, due to irregular pavement or bad weather. VSM can provide improved brake performance or boost acceleration, even increase steering-force assistance to help you control the vehicle.

Consumer Recommendations:

I always say that you should consider Hyundai at every competitive level from economy to luxury because they may be number 4 in sales but I think they try harder. This Genesis is no exception. I got that feeling when I toured a Hyundai production facility.

 

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Genesis $35,000- 52,000, Chevrolet Camaro $27,000, Dodge Challenger $33,000, Nissan 370Z $34,000, Subaru BRZ $27,000, Scion FR-S $31,000.

Good News:

Elegant, fast, highly technical features available far less to own than competitive brands.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

5.0 liter 420 horsepower V8 dual CVVT engine, 8-speed auto transmission, rear wheel drive, 19” alloy wheels, ABS  with electronic BFD Brake Force Distribution and brake assist, stability and traction controls and vehicle stability management, automatic emergency braking, Lane departure warning and lane assist, blind spot detction with rear cross traffic alert, High Performance gas shocks, intelligent drive mode, auto headlights, fog lights, High beam assist, rain sensing wipers with auto defogger, power tilt and slide panoramic sunroof, power folding auto dimming mirrors with puddle lights, leather heated and ventillated front seats, 12 way power front seats, power tilt and telescopic leather wrapped steering wheel, electronic parking brake, front and rear parking assistance system, power rear sunshade with manual rear side sunshades, Nav system with 8” display, rearview camera and parking guidelines, smart cruise control with stop/start capability, proximity Key with push button start, climate control, AM/FM/SiriusXM MP3/CD/HD radio Lexicon audio with 14-speakers, Bluelink connected care complimentary trial, iPod/ USB / Auxillary port, Bluetooth hands free phone system with audio streaming, genuine wood and aluminum trim, and 9 airbags including driver knee airbag.

 

Gas Stats:

$2.15/ Gal avg. January 31, 2015

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for more information.

 

15 City and 23 Highway MPG

 

Pricing:

MSRP $51,500

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 (1059)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8. What’s not to love about Hyundai products? And although this is small for a family it would still be able to be a second car for mom and dad to get away up the coast for a re-union with each other. Leave all the family with your friends! Well that’s my advice. . . and I’m not even a marriage counselor. But I’m guessing you knew that.

It is a hugely fun car for the driving enthusiast who likes performance on the road even though he’ll have to stop more often for gas.

General Information:

It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea, Classification is Subcompact. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Smooth power curve, good acceleration and it hugs the road well. AWD would be better but racers wouldn’t throw this baby out with the bath water. 6-speed shifting is intuitive with a short throw that makes shifting a breeze. Of course I used to drive older manual transmissions and my muscle memory flashes back when I drive a “Stick”. Early car transmissions took about a foot or so between gear selections. No joke.

Styling:

You’ll be the judge of this because as we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But for my taste this is a lovely looking car. Nice legs…. Wheels and tires and what pretty eyes, eh. Clean lines and the interior is cozy and comfy and the smaller interior brings everything closer to your fingertips.

On the other hand the rear seat is rather cramped, say some, and they’d be correct because after all it is a two door coupe. Have you ever tried to get into a Ford Mustang rear seat? Now that is a challenge, especially if you have feet.

Fit and Finish:

Nicely done as I have come to expect in Hyundai and Kia cars. But you know what, that is pretty much true across all brands these days. The industry has grown together in a good way as they are ergonomically very similar. (Ergonomics: the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments).

Cost:

Well you will be the judge on this as well as how good it looks. But in class it is very competitively priced, especially with the generous Standard Features list.

Conveniences and comfort:

Proximity Key with push button start is perhaps my most favorite feature for convenience. I wouldn’t do without it on my own car of the future.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you need large this is light years away from roomy. But then you don’t buy a sport car for the trunk and rear leg room. Performance cars just don’t provide it outside of the driver cockpit that is perfect for embracing the curves, so to speak.

Nissan’s 370Z would be my second choice in this class. . . I love Corvette but the price tag is a bit more – like about $20,000 or more, more.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Genesis Coupe $33,000, Chevrolet Camaro $27,000, Dodge Challenger $33,000, Nissan 370Z $34,000, Subaru BRZ $27,000, Scion FR-S $31,000.

Good News:

Great features package, great company, fun to drive

Bad News:

Not so good fuel economy and older folks will feel the entry and exit uneasily done.

Standard Equipment:

3.8 liter 348 horsepower V6 engine dual CVVT, 6-speed close ratio manual transmission, rear wheel drive, track suspension / front strut tower brace, 5-link independent rear suspension, 19” wheels, Brembo brake system – ABS, Torsen limited slip differential, rear spoiler, stability and traction controls, black leather seats with two stage heaters, power driver seat, power tilt and slide sunroof, fog lights, LED daytime running lights, proximity Key with push button start, climate control, heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicator, 7” touchscreen Nav system, AM/FM/SiriusXM HD Radio with MP3/CD, 360 watt Infinity 10-speaker audio, Satellite radio with Nav Traffic, Bluelink Telematics system, iPod/ USB / Auxillary port, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth hands free phone system and illuminated door sill plates.

Gas Stats:

$3.05/ Gal avg. November 8, 2014
www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

16 City and 24 Highway MPG

Pricing:
MSRP $33,400

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T (1056)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0 T. Hyundai began in 1967 to build the Cortina for Ford. Today they build their own Robot’s to manufacture and make their own steel. That’s what you call Vertical Integration.

Recently I had had the opportunity to observe Hyundai’s Trailer Manufacturing company (they manufacture in Tijuana, Mexico). I also have a connection with Western Star large trucks and have toured their manufacturing facility. The vast number of trucks produced are consumed in the United States. The largest Truck / Tractor is made by Freightliner owned by Daimler Mercedes-Benz. You guessed it, Freightliner Trucks are also (now) manufactured in Mexico since they moved from Oregon during the past couple of years. Just another exodus from the tyranny of American business by its government.

General Information: It is assembled in Montgomery Alabama, USA, Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Opinion:

As a follow on to my comment above that the exodus of American business to other countries and right to work states it is important to remind us all from time to time how the Union’s have also contributed to the downfall of the US auto industry. Companies like Daimler and Hyundai are forced to move out of the US to build their trucks and trailers in a more friendly atmosphere and with less government regulation and Union interference in the form or coercive demands.

But Hyundai also manufacturers some cars like this Sonata right in the heart of America. They are non-union because the Korean culture hate unions and avoid the strangle hold they get on companies when they get a foothold. But the cars they build in the US employ folks who were displaced by the inefficient US Big Three who are burdened by Unions. Unions single handedly are destroying the US auto industry along with so many other business they intimidate. They have even sunk their poisonous fangs into state and local government agencies that were never intended to be unionized. We all agree Unions had a place in history just like Slavery but both are unnecessary in today’s world.

Handling & Performance:

Fuel economy… now that’s what I’m talking about! And for a sedan this Sonata is stingy on fuel for a large car. It is also a nice handling car and a comfortable and quiet ride that I can always count on for a nice driving experience.

Styling:

Very stylish in our world of cars and the look is far more elegant than the price tag would indicate. When the car was delivered I took a first look at a distance and didn’t think it was my car. I didn’t have a Mercedes scheduled. But as I approached I noticed the Hyundai logo. Nice, I thought, this has also improved nicely since its introduction in 1985.

Fit and Finish: Very nice.

Cost: Competitive in class… meaning they are all about the same money to purchase.

Conveniences and comfort:

The standard features noted here is a good long list for the money, and the options are discussed below if $5,000 doesn’t dissuade you.

Consumer Recommendations:

The name Hyundai continues to grow in recognition as a product that stands for quality and value.

Standard features are very good and although the options add about $5,000 to the price tag I suggest you look at them closely. Consider the list and although all are nice to have a few stand out. I’d select Land Departure, Smart Cruise, and Forward Collision Warning. The rest of the options are based on your preference…. Me I could live without the rest.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Sonata $29,000, Honda Accord Sedan Sport $25,000, Volkswagen Passat 1.8T Sport $27,000, Nissan Altama Sedan 2.5 SL $28,000, Chevrolet Malibu 3LT $27,000.

Good News: Good value in purchase price and operating cost, comfortable, fast, great styling.

Bad News: Bluetooth set up was impossible and I do this a lot. The manual was no help.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 245 horsepower turbo gas injection 4-cylinder engine, dual continuous variable valve timing, 6-speed automatic transmission with manual paddle shifting, stability management, traction control, antilock brake system with brake force distribution and brake assist, front, side and side curtain and driver knee airbags, blind spot detection system with rear cross traffic alert, tire pressure monitor for individual indicators, LED daytime running lights, rearview camera, sport tuned suspension and steering, 18” alloy wheels, HID Headlights and LED Taillights, hands free smart trunk opener, proximity key entry with push button start, sport leather seating with heated front seats, power driver seat with lumbar support, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tilt & telescopic steering wheel with cruise, audio and phone controls, climate control, 5” color touch screen audio display, AM/FM/CD/MP3 with iPod/ USB & auxiliary input jacks, SIRIUS XM radio, Bluetooth hands free phone system.

Options:

$4,950 for Sunroof, smart cruise control, Lane departure warning, Electronic parking brake, auto high beam assist, rear parking assistance, memory system for settings, power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear side window sunshades, Navigation system with 8” screen.

Gas Stats: $3.35/ Gal avg. October 26, 2014

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.
23 City and 32 Highway MPG

Pricing: MSRP $28,575