Hyundai Genesis Coupe bows out, successor to be sold under Genesis brand

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2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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The 2016 model year will be the last for Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe, the automaker has confirmed.

A successor is planned but will be sold under Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand. The successor will be a larger, more luxurious model possibly hinted at by 2015’s Vision G concept car.

Hyundai isn’t willing to say when the successor will be launched but a leaked product roadmap for the Genesis brand suggests the car will bow towards the end of the decade.

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Hyundai Vision G (HCD-16) concept

Hyundai Vision G (HCD-16) concept

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The Genesis Coupe first arrived on the scene as a concept at the 2007 Los Angeles auto show. The production model followed at the 2008 New York auto show and proved popular because of its choice of engines, rear-wheel-drive layout and affordable pricing.

The successor is expected to ride on the rear-wheel-drive platform that will underpin the planned Genesis G70 small sedan. It will be more expensive than the model it replaces, with insiders suggesting the car will target large, luxurious coupes from German automakers like the BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.

Unfortunately there’s no word if Hyundai will get a sporty offering to replace the Genesis Coupe, though it’s not looking likely because of low demand for sports cars. Instead, we’re more likely to see the Veloster become more focused when the next-generation model arrives.

 
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