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Genesis — the first look; Tucson knocked back to four-star safety by ANCAP

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 11 November 2015

HYUNDAI has released the first rendering of its new range-topping G90 luxury sedan, which is named EQ900 in Korea.

The elegantly designed, technology packed G90 hints at the recently-launched Genesis brand’s design identity and future direction.

Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center and Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor, said: “Genesis’ new large luxury sedan G90 will deliver a concept of ‘New Luxury’ to our customers.

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“The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centered values to give our customer true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience.”

As the Genesis brand’s flagship model, G90 is a blueprint for change and innovation that will distinguish the Genesis brand and boasts a raft of world-best safety features and technological innovations to set itself apart in the luxury market.

G90 also showcases the Genesis brand’s hallmark design style ‘Athletic Elegance’, interpreted by the newly-formed Prestige Design Division to bring graceful and profound elegance to G90’s significant proportions.

Crowned by the Genesis emblem, the grand radiator grille combined with sophisticated headlamps communicates the car’s dynamic, future-orientated character. A theme that flows along a body-length character line to the long and agile rear lamp cluster completes the Athletic Elegance of G90.

Hyundai says it will launch six new Genesis models by 2020. The G90 is scheduled to debut early next month in Korea.

Meanwhile, Hyundai suffered an unexpected set-back with its new Tucson SUV, with the mid-sized ix35 replacement scoring just four stars in the latest round of crash testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

This is in direct contrast to the European-spec car, which has received a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

While the Tucson Active X front-wheel drive that was tested by ANCAP at its Sydney facility scored highly across the gamut of the ANCAP tests – including six perfect scores for occupant protection from a possible eight – it was marked down for exposing the driver’s lower left leg to injury in the 64km/h frontal offset crash test.

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As a result, ANCAP marked it 0.41 out of a possible four for the ‘occupant safety: lower leg’ category, dragging its result down to a final score of four stars out of a possible five.

“The result is disappointing and unexpected for a new vehicle in this competitive class,” ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin said in a statement.

“Testing revealed the structural integrity of the driver footwell was compromised in the frontal offset test and there was also excessive movement of the brake pedal, meaning the vehicle could not achieve five stars.”

“While the Tucson performed well overall, and is inherently strong and safe, it is not the maximum five-star result the vehicle was designed to achieve,” said HMCA public relations manager Bill Thomas in a statement.

“It does not match the five-star Euro NCAP rating recently awarded to Tucson, nor does it match the five-star score achieved by Hyundai Motor Company during its own internal testing.

“Hyundai Motor Company engineers are currently examining the data from the ANCAP 64km/h frontal offset test in order to determine what changes may be necessary to achieve a five-star score.”