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Thursday 8 December 2016
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RIP: Hyundai Bids Goodbye to the Genesis Coupe

RIP: Hyundai Bids Goodbye to the Genesis Coupe

Hyundai’s rear-drive sports coupe is dead.  I really hate that, too, I reviewed it back in 2008 and thought it was awesome.

Yes, the Genesis Coupe’s 2016 model year will be its last in the U.S. and Canada, according to a Hyundai spokesperson. But here’s the silver lining. It probably won’t be gone forever. It’s very likely that Hyundai will resurrect it under its new Genesis luxury brand. That won’t happen for a few years, however.

“A new, more sophisticated and luxurious coupe appropriate for the new Genesis brand is currently under development,” says Christine Henley, PR manager for Hyundai.

The coupe’s sibling, the former Hyundai Genesis sedan, has already made it into the 2017 Genesis lineup as the G80. You can check out our list of 5 things to know about the G80 here.

But for now, there you have it. The four- and six-cylinder sports coupe that arrived in North America in 2009 as a 2010 model is out of here after a two-generation run. Its departure leaves Hyundai without a traditional sporty offering.

As for Genesis, the luxury marque’s initial offerings are the 2017 G80 midsize sedan and G90 full-size sedan. A smaller compact G70 sedan and two crossovers are also part of the future lineup. A sixth model —  likely the coupe — should appear within a few years.

Photo Credit: Hyundai