Hyundai Veloster Lives On, V-8 Genesis Coupe Still No-Go

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The Hyundai Veloster hasn’t exactly been a sales flop since it first went on sale in 2011, but that hasn’t stopped the rumormill from prematurely killing off the asymmetrical hatchback. Refuting recent rumors that the Veloster could be getting the axe, Bold Ride is reporting that Hyundai isn’t giving up on the car just yet.
Bold Ride sat down with Hyundai public relations manager Derek Joyce who said reports of the Veloster being killed off are “pure speculation at this point. He went on to add “there’s no plan to eliminate [the Veloster], it’s doing really well in the U.S”

How well, you ask? Since going on sale in the fall of 2011, the Hyundai Veloster has managed to rack up close to 90,000 sales in the U.S. alone. That’s no small number for a niche hatchback, but it’s also Hyundai’s slowest-selling, non-luxury model after the Equus, Azera and Genesis Sedan.

Speaking of the Genesis line, the discussion with Joyce eventually switched to rear-wheel-drive Genesis Coupe. The current Genesis Coupe is already a competent rival to the V-6 powered Camaro and Mustang coupes, but don’t hold your breath for Hyundai to drop even more performance on this car.

Hyundai has already confirmed that the turbocharged four-cylinder engine would be dropped from the Genesis Coupe for the 2015 model year, but there don’t seem to be any other powertrain changes in store for this 5-year-old coupe. Specifically, Joyce said “there is no plan for a V-8 in the Genesis Coupe” despite the fact that Hyundai has a proven V-8 in its portfolio. That engine is the 5.0-liter Tau V-8, which is rated at 420 hp in the 2015 Genesis sedan, but the Genesis Coupe is no slouch when it comes to performance with the 3.8-liter Lambda V-6 producing 348 hp.

Finally, the article says that a new Genesis Coupe is “coming soon with minor updates,” but there is no timeframe as to when this will occur.
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