Saloon, News

Hyundai Genesis brand teases first car

Hyundai has revealed the first rendering of its new stand-alone brand's debut car - the Genesis G90 luxury saloon.

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 Centre and Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor, said, "Genesis' new large luxury sedan G90 will deliver a concept of 'New Luxury' to our customers. The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centred values to give our customer true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience."

As the Genesis brand's flagship model, the G90 is a blueprint for change and innovation says Hyundai. Majoring on 'human-centred' technology combined with engaging driving dynamics, G90 features a raft of world-best safety features and technological innovations which Hyundai says will 'set itself apart in the luxury market'.

The G90 also showcases the Genesis brand's design style of 'Athletic Elegance' - interpreted by the newly-formed Prestige Design Division. Crowned by the Genesis emblem, the grand radiator grille 'combined with sophisticated headlamps communicates the car's dynamic, future-orientated character'.

Hyundai created the Genesis brand for a new generation of discerning consumers and will launch six new Genesis models by 2020.

Supercars, News

Aston Martin Vulcan meets Avro Vulcan

As the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan prepares for its final flight, the iconic 50s bomber meet its modern namesake, the Aston Martin Vulcan.

The Avro Vulcan XH558 is currently the only flying example in the world yet is retiring from 'active service' later this month as the age of the plane's airframe and engines mean the support companies which keep the bomber aloft have decided they have to end their support in October.

Aston Martin's Vulcan is the a new track-only supercar. Described as the British luxury car maker's 'most intense and exhilarating creation to date', the supercar is born out of 'extensive motorsport experience' as the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan delivers truly extreme performance. Limited to just 24 examples worldwide - owners have the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.

CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: "Clearly the Avro Vulcan provided the inspiration for the naming of our most extreme sports car, and I'm delighted that we have been able to unite the 'two Vulcans' and deliver our own tribute to this world-renowned aeronautical phenomenon."

Vulcan XH558 is flown by Martin Withers DFC, Chief Pilot and Operations Director. He said: "Being at the controls for this unique fly-past was a memorable occasion. Personally, it is great to know that the Vulcan name will live on not only in the history books, and at the new educational centre in Yorkshire, but via Aston Martin's incredible new sports car."

Following retirement the plane will form the centrepiece of the educational Vulcan Aviation Academy and Heritage Centre at her home base, Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.

First deliveries of the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan to customers worldwide will take place before the end of 2015.

Hybrid, Sports Car, Coupe, News

Order books open for all-new Lexus RC coupe

Order books have opened for the new Lexus RC coupe.

Described as a 'full-blooded coupe', the two-door RC is available in the UK with two powertrains - the RC 300h full hybrid with 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and the RC 200t, the latest model to adopt Lexus's 241bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The entry level 'Luxury' grade is exclusive to the full hybrid RC 300h. Although it marks the entry point to the coupe range, it delivers a 'wealth of features' with key specifications including 18-inch alloys, cruise control, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system with CD player, seven-inch multimedia screen with Remote Touch controller, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, split-folding rear seat and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The safety and driver assistance features include Lexus's Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, eight airbags, pop-up hood and Hill Assist Control with Brake Hold. The RC further benefits from Lexus's Drive Mode Select, which adjusts performance to suit conditions or driver preference, with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. Prices start at £34,995.

Moving up the range, the 'F Sport' models receive added visual enhancements with a 'stronger iteration of the Lexus spindle grille', plus multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, deep front and rear bumpers and LED headlights in a signature 'triple L' arrangement (with Automatic High Beam function). In the cabin there are F Sport front seats that are power-adjustable with heating/ventilation, driver's side memory setting and automatic 'easy access' function. Other F Sport elements include aluminium scuff plates and sports pedals and LFA-style meters that automatically change appearance according to the drive mode selected.

The F Sport models also feature Adaptive Variable Suspension and, on the 200t F Sport, a limited-slip differential. The Drive Mode Select system adds a fourth, Sport+ mode which introduces additional chassis control for an even sportier drive. Other key equipment features include rain-sensing windscreen wipers, rear-view camera and Lane Keep Assist. Prices start at £36,495 for the RC 200t F Sport.

At the top of the RC range, the 'Premier' grade models go even further, adding to the standard features of Luxury with the addition of 19-inch alloys, Lexus Premium Navigation, 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround audio system, the triple-L LED headlights with Automatic High Beam function, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with driver's side memory setting, power steering wheel adjustment, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert , Lane Keep Assist and a rear-view camera. Prices start at £39,495 for the RC 200t Premier.

In addition, the RC F, introduced in late 2014, remains available as a high performance iteration of the coupe, powered by Lexus's 471bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine.

The new Lexus RC is available to order now, with first customer deliveries in January 2016.

Hatchback, Convertible, News

DS Automobiles targets Westfield's luxury label shoppers

DS Automobiles will be displaying its latest models to shoppers at London's Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush over the next 6 months.

Keen to emphasise that the marque's style draws upon expertise from non-automotive fields like haute-couture fashion, leather-making and jewellery, the DS Automobiles display is positioned at the entrance to The Village - Westfield's luxury shopping hub - alongside some of the world's most renowned fashion brands, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry, as well as up-and-coming new designers such as Anya Hindmarch. 

Shoppers will be able to get up close to the new DS 5 as well as the latest DS 3 Dark Light Limited Edition, while a team of DS Automobiles staff will be on hand to answer any questions or assist users via an interactive touch-screen display. Inspired by the brand's flagship dealership and showcase centre, DS World Paris, there will also be a range of exclusive branded merchandise on sale.

Mark Blundell, UK Marketing Director of the DS Brand commented; "Westfield is one of the world's premier shopping destinations, making it the perfect backdrop for DS. Visitors to Westfield London will have an exclusive opportunity to explore the world of DS Automobiles in a relaxing environment, surrounded by the very best in premium retailing."

DS Automobiles will be on display at Westfield London, Shepherd's Bush for the next 6 months. Taking in the festive season, Westfield estimates around 12 million visitors will pass through the shopping centre during the period.