Good Morning Warren and Friends,

This week I am with the General Manager, Erwin Raphael, of the Genesis brand. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and we will get your answers right away.

Last week a chatter asked, “It’s amazing how far Hyundai has come in the last several years. Do you think the new Genesis brand will be respected in the way Lexus, Mercedes, and BMW are? Would you say Hyundai (with Genesis now) has more brand cache than anything from Detroit?”

I asked Raphael what he thought, “Hyundai has made great strides in quality and performance of their vehicles, like Toyota Honda and Volkswagen. Genesis expects to be a significant player in the luxury segment. Retail sales of Hyundai Genesis U.S. year-to-date – July 2016 has done so well; besting the BMW 5-series and second only to Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the mid-size luxury segment. We feel this is the perfect time to launch Genesis as a luxury brand.”

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ford fusion hybrid with SYNC

We drove from Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel to Kewtona’s Sparkling Hills hotel. Six hours of driving and I have no back pain, and could keep driving.

This week I drove the 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid with the SYNC3 infotainment system. Consumer Reports has dinged Ford because of their infotainment system; that will change. This generation of the SYNC is the most intuitive I have used. Finally!

I also drove the 2017 Kia Sportage. As everyone knows, Warren and I love the Sportage. It’s a great vehicle for the price. $35,000 I got 23 mpg. which is on the high side of the EPA estimated fuel economy of 20 city/23 highway/ 21 combined.

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Kia Sportage and the Washington Post carchat real wheels

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