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decade ago, it was a mere concept, and after years of design and development (including 12.8 million test kilometres), it was born. J.D. Power labelled it the Highest Ranked Midsize Premium Car in Initial Quality, outranking the coveted BMW 5 Series and the Jaguar XF. Canadian Black Book bestowed upon it the Highest Retained Resale Value Award. It accelerates zero to 100 km/h faster than a Porsche Panamera S — 5.3 seconds — and costs less than half the price. It is Hyundai’s Genesis. This premium sports sedan rivals the Audi A6, Lexus GS 350 and Cadillac XTS; in fact, Consumer Reports named the Hyundai Genesis as the top-rated vehicle in their Upscale Sedan category. Designed for drivers who appreciate a good-looking ride as well as a reliable one, the Genesis performs with precision. Let’s take a closer look at this premium vehicle. The Genesis sedan is available with a 3.8-litre V6 Lambda engine, which has direct injection technology and can output 333 horsepower. There is also the sportier option Genesis with a 5.0 R-Spec 5.0-litre Tau V8 capable of 429 horsepower (the engine that has earned a spot on Ward’s 10 Best Engines list). With lowemissions and optimal fuel economy, the Genesis is an efficient ride. Both engines have 8-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic automatic and manual override transmission. The sedan’s performance on various road surfaces and the ease of driver handling is attributed to advanced suspension technology and the hydraulic shock system. The sleek, elegant exterior commands attention. Drivers appreciate the adaptive HID Xenon headlights with available LED — between the fluctuating weights of different passengers and storage, the headlights continuously adjust to remain parallel to the road. The Genesis is available with 19-inch alloy wheels, and comes complete with such features as keyless entry and ignition, heated mirrors and dual exhaust. Room for five, the spacious cabin caters for both the driver’s and the passengers’ comfort. The Genesis features standard leather heated front seats, and has available heated rear seats and cooled front seats — essential for our extreme weather. With automatic wipers when rain is detected, a power rear sunshade and antifog and humidity sensors, driving in all conditions is made comfortable. Hyundai also ensures your drive, no matter how far or near, can be entertaining: the Genesis sedan incorporates an exclusive Lexicon 7.1 Discrete Logic 7 Surround Sound system, complete with 17 speakers. Its navigation control system has touchscreen technology, XM Satellite Radio and a rearview display when in reverse. Safety ratings complement the Genesis well. The Genesis was made the Top Safety Pick by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it’s a well-earned title. In addition to the anti-lock braking system, traction and stability control, and eight standard airbags (front and rear side impact bags as well as side curtain air bags), the sedan has a “smart” cruise control system that adjusts speeds accordingly. The Genesis 5.0 features a hillhold function, eight ultrasonic park-assist sensors for both the front and rear of the vehicle, and a lane departure warning system. Throw into the mix the longest warranty available in its class — five year/100,000 kilometre comprehensive — and you’ll be asking yourself, “What am I waiting for?”

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