New Hyundai Genesis heading for the UK?

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New Hyundai Genesis heading for the UK?

September 15, 2013 By Cars UK

It looks like the next generation Hyundai Genesis #8211; a much more upmarket Hyundai #8211; is heading for the UK after RHD production was confirmed.

The Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept arrived at the Detroit Auto Show in January and, concept fripperies apart, previewed the next generation of the Hyundai that wants to be a Korean Lexus #8211; the Hyundai Genesis.

The Hyundai Genesis has been selling like hot cakes in the Land of the Free for some time, but until now it wasn#8217;t a car Hyundai felt had a place in its UK line-up. But that looks set to change.

As Hyundai has moved more and more upmarket #8211; and now has a range of very capable cars that sell on their merits alongside the best from mainstream makers, not as a budget option #8211; we#8217;ve long called for Hyundai to extract a digit and bring the Genesis to the UK now Hyundai has the credibility to pull off sales of a luxury, 5-Series-sized saloon.

Now it seems that#8217;s almost certain to happen after Hyundai#8217;s Sales VP –  Cheol Lee #8211; took everyone by surprise by announcing that the new Genesis #8211; due to arrive in 2014 #8211; will be built in RHD and will be sold in Australasia.

Stuff.co.nz are reporting that Cheol Lee revealed Hyundai#8217;s plans whilst hosting New Zealand media in South Korea, an announcement that seems to have taken Hyundai in New Zealand by surprise. When asked if Cheol Lee#8217;s statement was true, and Hyundai are taking the new Genesis to NZ,  Hyundai New Zealand#8217;s General Manager said #8220;Obviously I now have to say that we are#8221;.

So if Hyundai are going to build RHD Genesis models for Australia and New Zealand it#8217;s all but certain that means the UK will be getting the next generation Genesis when it launches. And it#8217;s an appealing prospect.

If the styling stays true to the HCD-14 Genesis Concept #8211; with the exception of a few concept bits #8211; and we get the choice of a 2.8 litre V6 and 5.0 litre V8 (and maybe a high-power turbo-diesel) we reckon the new Hyundai Genesis will cause a few problems for Germany#8217;s premium makers going forward.

More when we get some confirmation from Hyundai.

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