Genesis GV80 Design Notes

Genesis have shown this concept car at the New York Auto show.

Great stance: source

Some of the images are too smooth and bland to be anything but CGI so perhaps the car will look more substantial in the metal.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about articulation and ways designers show depth and substance on a form. Mercedes used to insist on big radii to express the thickness of the metal (you can’t bend thick sheet steel as tightly as thin stuff). Flushness suggest flimsiness as do sharp edges. I notice architects often bevel concrete and wood to make it look and be robust. The headlamps, tail-lamps and brightwork seem to lack this material thickness, especially the flush lamps.  Continue reading “Genesis GV80 Design Notes”

Why did they bother?

The Hyundai Genesis is coming to the UK market and Car magazine has ´phoned in a review in the June edition. “It has the handling properties of a marshmallow,” they write. I ask why Car troubled itself with taking up half of page 49 with the test-drive. 

2015 Hyundai Genesis: Hyundaigenesis.com
2015 Hyundai Genesis: Hyundaigenesis.com

I can´t fault Car for having its own agenda which these days is focused on performance cars. The Genesis, a 3.8 litre V6 rear-wheel drive saloon is miles away from Car´s core area of interest which is high-revving sports cars so it will fall at every hurdle. On the other hand, the Genesis is a welcome alternative and the question is does it Continue reading “Why did they bother?”