Feds Fine Hyundai $17.35 Million for Late Recall on Genesis

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Hyundai has agreed to pay $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to report in a timely manner a safety defect on the brakes of the 2009-12 Genesis.

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The penalty comes after the agency determined that Hyundai was aware in 2012 that the brake fluid wasn't up to snuff when it came to stopping corrosion on certain braking components in the Genesis. That, in turn, could decrease the car's stopping power. Rather than issue a recall, Hyundai told dealers to change the brake fluid without explaining to customers the gravity of the situation, according to NHTSA's press release. An investigation by the agency prompted the Korean automaker to recall the Genesis in October 2013.

This latest fine is about half of NHTSA's $35 million maximum. The agency has stepped up its civil penalties in recent months, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx asked Congress earlier this year to increase the agency's cap to $300 million. That would certainly push automakers to step up their own recall scrutiny. For car shoppers it could increase the number of recalls but also could bring more transparency from an industry that's already seen a record number of callbacks this year.

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By Kelsey Mays | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

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By Matt Schmitz | July 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis: Car Seat Check

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Hyundai's luxury sedan, the Genesis, has been redesigned for the 2015 model year. While its wheelbase grew by nearly 3 inches, rear legroom has decreased from 38.6 inches in the previous generation to 35 inches in the 2015 Genesis. Both of our rear-facing child-safety seats had plenty of room in the Genesis' smaller backseat, however.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | June 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Review

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"A complete redesign of the car that won Cars.com's first-ever 'Best of' award in 2009, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is now even closer on the heels of more expensive competitors, but it's not without shortcomings," said Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. Read the review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned-for-2015 Hyundai Genesis a Top Safety Pick Plus, the institute's highest honor. The premium full-size sedan earned a good rating in crashworthiness tests including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, in addition to a superior rating for front crash protection. To earn the designation, a vehicle must receive ratings of good or acceptable in small overlap tests; good in the other four tests; and basic, advanced or superior in front crash protection.

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The institute added the small overlap test in 2012. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole. "In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity," the institute stated.

The institute also stated that the Genesis' optional front crash prevention system, which is new for the 2015 model year, earns a superior rating because of its automatic braking capabilities. In track tests, the car stopped completely before hitting the target in tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. The Genesis is one of three vehicles in the institute's "large luxury car" class to earn Top Safety Pick Plus for 2014.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 7, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: First Drive

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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a complete redesign of the luxury car that won Cars.com's first-ever Best of award in 2009. My daylong drive of V-6 and V-8 versions of the full-size sedan proved the Genesis charges closer to the heels of more expensive competitors, but it's not without its shortcomings.

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As before, the Genesis is technically full size, but Hyundai positions it against nominally midsize sedans like the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS 350 — and prices it to undercut them all. As we've reported, the base Genesis 3.8 (named for its 3.8-liter V-6) starts at $38,950, including the destination charge. This price beats the most affordable of the above competitors and the Jaguar XF and Infiniti Q70 as well, by anywhere from $7,075 (Cadillac CTS 2.0L) to $13,375 (Mercedes E250 Bluetec). Like the others, the Genesis now offers all-wheel drive with the V-6, along with rear-wheel drive with either engine.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Starts at $38,950

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When Hyundai's redesigned large sedan goes on sale later this month, it'll start at $38,950, including destination. That's $2,830 more than the 2014 version, but Hyundai promises more standard content in the 2015 Genesis.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: First Look

The new Genesis rides a 2.9-inch-longer wheelbase and aside from fresh exterior styling, gets new controls borrowed from Hyundai's Equus flagship luxury sedan, including an available 9.2-inch center display screen.

For 2015, the Genesis sedan comes with rear-wheel drive or a new all-wheel-drive system. The base price nets you the 3.8-liter V-6 trim in rear-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive ups the price to $41,450. Jumping up to the rear-wheel-drive-only 5.0-liter V-8 brings the starting price to $52,450; all prices include a $950 destination fee. Both engines continue to use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Video

No longer fighting the brand-respect battle it faced when first entering the luxury-sedan fray, the updated 2015 Hyundai Genesis brings improvements that should solidify its place in the segment. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got close to the new Genesis earlier this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and he was impressed with its updated design, premium features and powertrain prospects. Watch the video and don't miss Mays' explanation of the cool new Smart Trunk feature.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (7)

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