AD #2087 – Genesis Shows First SUV Concept, Hyundai Puts Style Back Into Sonata, Clarity EV Could Be a Let Down

April 13th, 2017 at 11:47am

Runtime: 7:56

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- Subaru Ascent SUV Concept
- Genesis GV80 SUV Concept
- Hyundai Updates Sonata for 2018
- Honda Reveals Clarity Plug-in & EV
- F1 Driver to Fulfill Indy 500 Dream
- Toyota FT-4X Compact SUV Concept

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17 Comments to “AD #2087 – Genesis Shows First SUV Concept, Hyundai Puts Style Back Into Sonata, Clarity EV Could Be a Let Down”

  1. MJBTV Says:

    The automotive future looks bright. I have to say that battery electric will win out over all other forms of fuel.

  2. Lex Says:

    Isn’t Marco Andretti going to drive for Andretti Autosport team at this year’s Indy 500?

  3. Brett Says:

    Toyota FT-4X looks like it was designed to appear in the next Star Wars sequel. The nose looks like an Imperial Storm Trooper’s helmet and the back looks like some sort of hatch on the Death Star.

  4. Lisk Says:

    I hope Fernando does well. He certainly has a better chance of finishing Indy than he does at Monaco in his unreliable Honda powered McLaren.

    #2 Marco still drives for his dad, along with Alexander Rossi (last year’s winner), Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato are also part of Andretti Autosport.

    I am sure disappointed at the Honda Clarity EV’s range estimation. I am troubled that Honda would even bother to build the car. Their version of the “Volt” should do well, but why do manufacturers keep announcing car EVs? If they would have done the same in a HR-V or CR-V the lines would have been long to buy them.

  5. Albemarle Says:

    I think Toyota are on to something. Very much like the thinking at Hyundai. Urban people who like to get out of town for active lifestyle activites on the weekend. The need for a properly small pickup truck goes right over the heads of the American manufacturers. Size of these vehicles are critical because they have to work within a city. I think this small urban outdoors style will be a popular choice.

    The Clarity EV does not have the range needed for California or Oregon, but it will work just fine in Japan. I wonder why they bothered to offer it as many will think less of Honda for introducing the vehicle.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2, 4
    Here is the Indy entry list:

    Marco is in the #27 car.

    There is always a lot of luck at Indy, with unavoidable crashes, etc., but I expect Alonso to do well. Historically, F1 drivers have done well there, and Fernando is probably one of the best ever.

  7. phred Says:

    The Honda EV will flounder in the market place for all the reasons above. Honda sometimes just does not recognize what the market wants to buy in a major segment. The other story on the new Toyota SUV is clearly a teaser with some of the styling appointments that are just “weird” and are almost “prius-like”…..and that is not a compliment!

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Isn’t the Toyota concept kind of a replacement for the Honda Element?

  9. XA351GT Says:

    I wonder if they’ll consider having him run in the Indy road race to get accustomed to the car? He has already run the road course in F1 so he’d only have to learn the accell and brake limits on the Indy car. Running that race as well would give valuable time getting the car comfortable to him.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 I doubt that he’ll run the Indy road race, because he would need to miss the Spanish Grand Prix. The Indy race would be good experience for him, though.

  11. Bruce Melton Says:

    The current/proposed new Honda Clarity needs to be redesigned by the same stylists that “FIXED” the Civic, which is now one of the best looking cars on the road, in my opinion. The Clarity’s rear wheel opening does make a statement (DIFFERENT??) and may meet some aerodynamic objective, but is totally out-of-touch with the rest of the car. A similar issue applies to the Accord – an excellent engineered and reliable vehicle that adds a new dimension to the words “boring style.”

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m thinking that most EV’s are cars, rather than SUV’s, because cars are much more efficient, especially at higher speed. I suspect mfgs tbink there might be more market for a 100 mile range Clarity, than a 100 mile range HR-V for $10K more.

  13. Ziggy Says:

    Thanks Sean, for the F1 news, appreciate it!

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Jenson Button will stand in for Alonso at Monaco.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    That Toyota concept looks a lot like the Kia Soul to me even down to the tail lights.

  16. Ukendoit Says:

    Kit, that Toyota is definitely aimed at the Element crowd. There is a huge group of camping and/or triathlon folks that appreciated the utility and small size of the Element and Honda left them with no replacement. I know many triathletes that don’t want a big vehicle or need 4WD, but like the Element’s versatility for being a daily driver or big open box with flat load floor to put their bike inside and all their gear. Toyota better come out with it soon, before the old Elements wear out and these folks settle for Transit Connects and Ram ProMaster Citys.

  17. omegatalon Says:

    As Gary Vasilash would say.. numbers tell the real story as Chevrolet managed to sell 2,132 of their Volt sedans in March 2017 while during the same time they managed to sell 18,607 of their Cruze sedans which emphasizes the point that people LIE and will say what they think people want to hear.