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Hyundai’s Man is at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show
Add a Comment February 11, 10:41 AM
by Nathan Adlen, Denver Autos Examiner

Hyundai truly is the wonder-boy of the automotive industry. They have climbed higher and faster than any other automaker in such a short amount of time. They are now on the verge of unveiling a car that will be very relevant for just about any speed-freak/race-junkie on a tight budget.

I am SO looking forward to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe… this is THE car to watch. This sweet looking machine (which looks like a cross between a Nissan Z and a Hyundai Tiburon) has a rear wheel drive 210 (223 lbs feet of torque) 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder or a 306 (266 lbs feet of torque) 3.8 liter V6. Both cars come with a 5-link suspension, optional stiffer “track” suspension and an available limited slip differential. 6-speed manuals (one that is a ZF) and 5-speed automatics are part of the options list. The Hyundai Genesis coupe should weigh about 3,300 and 3,400 lbs respectively. Basically, it is a Korean built Infiniti G37 – for a lot less.

So, who is responsible for this and many other winning Hyundai vehicles? John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America is one of the main players in Hyundai’s smart planning and will be speaking at the Chicago Auto Show’s Midwest Automotive Media Association breakfast. Sorry folks, media only. We’ll let you know what he spoke about.

“I am honored by the confidence Hyundai Motor Company has shown in me and am very excited to help improve Hyundai’s position in the U.S. market and help Hyundai dealers with a strong strategic vision for the marketing and sales of our vehicles. While this is a very difficult time in the auto industry, Hyundai’s extraordinary products and exceptional value offer us great opportunities now and in the future,” said Krafcik.

“Krafcik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He began his career in the auto industry at the GM/Toyota joint-venture NUMMI, and later became an industry consultant on lean production.”- Excerpt from the Chicago Auto Show’s website.

There’s been some outstanding vehicles produced under Krafcik; I can’t wait to see what he and Hyundai have under their collective sleeves for the future! If you can make it to the show, have fun! If not, check out the’s links and stories covering the show.

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