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Hyundai Equus might have Phaeton’s fate in the US, or might be the new Lexus

All eyes are on how Hyundai’s Equus sedan fares in the luxury car segment and how it compares to the launching of the Toyota's Lexus LS 400 in 1989 and Volkswagen's Phaeton experiment in 2003. The Equus sedan, which is priced below $60,000 in the US, is being matched up against the models produced by these volume brands that were considered risky at the time.

On many accounts, the Equus sedan appears to be better groomed than these two models. Hyundai’s volume goals for the Equus are modest. The company plans on boosting promotion at its mass-market dealerships for the big luxury sedan.

Notably, there isn’t as much of a gap between the Equus and Hyundai's Genesis (which has soaring sales) than the Phaeton and the VW Passat or between the LS 400 and Toyota's range-topping Cressida sedan back in 1989.

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Next-generation VW Phaeton will get turbocharged direct injection diesel, plug-in hybrid engines

Turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines will be part of the powertrain offerings for the second generation of the Volkswagen Phaeton big luxury sedan when it is rolled out in the United States for the 2018 or 2019 model year, sources told Automotive News. The return of the Phaeton to the US has already been confirmed by Michael Horn, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America.

The sources disclosed that the Phaeton will be available in a number of high-powered engines like a 450hp V-8 TDI and a 400hp-plus V-6 gasoline plug-in hybrid. The source, however, said that a top-of-the-line W-12 engine would not be offered in the Phaeton in the US.

While sources say the new Phaeton "is virtually developed and finished," VW is not hasty in replacing the first-generation Phaeton. The current Phaeton did not do well in the US and was scrapped in 2006, although it still sells in China.

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Next-generation VW Phaeton will be more affordable as it will take on Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus SHO

We already know that the first-generation Volkswagen Phaeton was not quite a bestseller but it appears that the German carmaker will adopt a new strategy. According to Edmunds, the new Phaeton will become more affordable as it will take on cars such as the Chrysler 300 or the Ford Taurus SHO.

The first generation Phaeton has a sticker price of over $100,000, while the Ford Taurus SHO costs $40,805.

Meanwhile, a fully loaded 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition with all-wheel drive costs $48,175. The Volkswagen Phaeton was a hand-built rival for cars made by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

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Volkswagen Phaeton to return to the United States

Volkswagen AG is planning to reintroduce the Phaeton to the United States, seven years after pulling out the luxury sedan from the country. VW had to pull out the Phaeton, its most expensive model, from the US due to weak. However, VW has been unable to crack the upscale segment in the US, and the Phaeton seems like an ideal candidate to do so.

VW may show the Phaeton U.S. consumers at the Detroit auto show in January 2014 in preparation for its eventual return. Phaenton’s US comeback would complement the rollout of the carmaker’s new SUVs as VW is planning to use the luxury sedan to show off its engineering prowess.

VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn confirmed to Bloomberg at a conference in Wolfsburg, Germany, this month the return of the Phaeton to the US. He remarked that a brand as large as VW needs a halo project in the upscale segment. “We've seen what happens to brands that don't have that kind of project," he told Bloomberg.

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The 2014 Equus is now 3 percent or $1,750 more expensive than the previous model. Hyundai is raising the prices of the 2014 Equus to reflect additional standard equipment now available on the sedan, as it now features a revised grille, bumper, instrument panel and LED fog lights. The starting price for the Signature trim line is $61,920, including $920 for shipping while the base price for the Ultimate model is $68,920, including shipping.

Hyundai is expecting the Signature line to account for around 70 percent of 2014 Equus volume. Hyundai launched the Equus in late 2010 to provide a new offering that is at least $10,000 less costly than the Lexus LS, Mercedes-Benz S class and other large luxury sedans.

The luxury sedan is sold in a separate showroom within 400 of Hyundai’s 826 dealerships in the United States. For those will avail of the sedan, they could receive perks like free loaner vehicles for oil changes and vehicle repairs.

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Hermes was tasked to customize an extended Hyundai Equus sedan, which was launched at the Seoul auto show. This project is proof of Hyundai’s continuing aim to have an upmarket appeal. The interior uses premium materials. In fact, its cabin is covered by leather that is of the same quality and workmanship as Hermes’ Birkin leather bags that have a price tag of between $9000 and $15,000.

A special top coating is used for the exterior. Hyundai is hopeful that the one-off Equus will appeal to the ultra-wealthy around the world.

Hermes has customized just three Equus sedans for Hyundai. It can be recalled that five years ago, Prada had customized three Genesis luxury sedans, which debuted in downtown Seoul in a glass tower that was specially built.

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Hyundai unveiled Wednesday its 2014 Hyundai Equus flagship sedan at the New York Auto Show. Hyundai endowed the refreshed Equus with enhancements in almost all aspects.  The exterior of the 2014 Hyundai Equus now has thinner front grille bars while its front fascia now has lower air-inlet openings, with the headlights sporting a jeweled design.

The LED fog lamps comes as standard. The sedan also sports new 19-inch turbine-style wheels with a polished silver finish. The interior of the 2014 Equus receives a redesigned instrument panel and center stack, now having a new button iconography for easier feature recognition. The 2014 Equus’ steering wheel now comes with new buttons and icons.

Rear passengers receive a new console layout that comes with available 9.2-inch seatback video screens. The suspension of the 2014 Equus received a rework, improving its ride and handling attributes. According to Hyundai, the Equus’ normal mode is now more comfortable while its sport mode is sportier with the air suspension.

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The 2014 Hyundai Equus full-sized sedan will feature more-refined interior materials and an improved ride, according to the South Korean carmaker. Hyundai Motor America chief executive John Krafcik said via Twitter that the 2014 Equus will also receive 19-inch “turbine-spoke” rims.

Hyundai said in a statement that the new Equus will also bear changes in its exterior and interior design details, driver displays and safety technologies. The Equus is considered as the carmaker’s most expensive nameplate for 2013 model year, with its high-line Ultimate trim level having a price of over $67,000, including shipping.

Hyundai, however, has yet to divulge pricing details for the 2014 Equus models. Hyundai started selling the Equus in the United States as its flagship vehicle in the fall of 2010, venturing into prestige territory. Hyundai decided not to create a separate brand and dealer network for the Equus and its other premium vehicles, the Genesis sedan and coupe.

Read the entire article 2014 Hyundai Equus Facelift teased ahead of 2013 New York Auto Show

Hyundai Motor Company has launched the facelifted Equus in Korea. The styling and features of the Hyundai’s top flagship sedan have been upgraded so that it could be more competitive globally in the luxury segment. The Equus, which uses the Centennial in some markets, made its debut in 1999 while the second generation came in 2009.

Hyundai made use of the reactions of its target customers to determine the changes for the facelifted Equus. The vehicle is aimed at a group of busy leaders who are concerned about their social status but still need functional space and features. Hyundai improved different aspects of the first generation Equus, such as design, performance and convenience features.

The new Equus features a more refined and modern appearance with less chrome on the front bumper, some newly designed wheels and LED rear combination lamps.

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Two of Volkswagen’s former vehicles will make a comeback in the U.S., according to the automaker’s future product portfolio. Automotive News said that the two vehicles that will be returning are the Phaeton ultra-luxury sedan and a new three-row Bulli that takes inspiration from the original Volkswagen Microbus.

The Volkswagen Phaeton was phased out in 2006 due to poor sales. One reason cited was its high price. Customers didn’t want to pay for a VW car that cost the same as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Phaeton sales in the U.S. reached a peak of 1939 units in 2004, before falling to 820 in 2005 and declining further to only 235 in 2006. The report also said that the new version of the Phaeton will be launched in Europe in 2015, and that the car would arrive in the U.S. but the date is still unclear.

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Those in the livery and limo business should watch out as Hyundai is entering this segment with very attractive incentives. Just last week, Hyundai was at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas to make a pitch to coachbuilders and livery operators. This niche market is dominated by Cadillac’s Escalade and Lincoln’s Town Car.

The LCT show (which stands for limousine, charter and tour operators) is a yearly event that is considered the biggest convention in the world for this segment.

At this show, automakers will present models; conversions are shown by coachbuilders, and those in the livery business go to place orders. News in this industry is covered by LCT's trade magazine and Web site, which recently reported that Hyundai introduced its Genesis and Equus sedans at the LCT show.

Read the entire article Hyundai wants in the limo business, offers fleet incentives for the Genesis and Equus

We can expect a new Volkswagen Phaeton Mk2 to be launched in 2015. Its architecture will come from Audi. The new VW Phaeton, dubbed VW631, is to be built on MLM Evo (modular longitudinal matrix) which allows for a plug-in hybrid option, a body structure that uses a major amount of aluminum, and a layout that’s a lot more advanced and is less nose-heavy.

In the past, VW chairman Martin Winterkorn has black-flagged the Avantissimo (A8-based) and the Passat Variant Plus (A6-derived) but there’s a lot of potential for a second more practical bodystyle aside from the four-door notch that’s nearly compulsory in this segment.

A five-door coupé version would be highly practical but the Volkswagen brand is likely to be better off with a more pragmatic shape that might be more spacious than a Superb Combi, as sleek as an Avant, and as lavish as the present Phaeton, says Car. What’s certain is that the Phaeton MkII model would be slotted between A6 and A8 and will have a price that’s lower than that of the current Phaeton.

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The Apple iPad won’t be offered anymore as the owners’ manual for the Hyundai Equus luxury car, according to a report from Drive On. Starting with the 2012 model year, there won’t be a free iPad that would be placed in its glove compartment.

These new cars will begin arriving in September. What owners can rely on when they need to look up information about their car is the paper version of the manual, according to spokesman Jim Trainor.

He explained that the iPads were part of a one-year promotion. The Equus started selling in the U.S. around one year ago.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named Hyundai’s Equus full-size flagship luxury sedan as a Top Safety Pick for 2011. The Equus’ pricier rivals have not been given the Top Safety Pick rating but that’s only because the IIHS has yet to conduct full tests on these luxury cars. To earn this reward, a vehicle needs to have a good rating for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection. It also has to have electronic stability control.

It’s a known fact that tests on high-end luxury cars aren’t as frequent as other vehicles. The IIHS has given the current-generation Lexus LS a good rating in the front crash test but it has yet to be tested in the three other categories. To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet tested the Equus.

Similar to other models in its class, the Equus features a pre-collision warning system. Its nine airbags are fitted as standard and one option that’s offered is a lane departure warning system.

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The "Elegant Equus" from Mummbles Marketing is being aimed at high-power executives who wish to be the envy of their peers. The VIP luxury vehicle is powered by a 450hp, high-performance engine and features the most advanced technologies. Mummbles Marketing has installed Equus with some of the best performance products available on the market.

Tweaks were made on the Equus’ engine, interior, exterior, brake, wheel and suspension. It also received some highly exclusive audio and video modifications.

The Equus' V8 performance is improved with a turbo kit and carbon fiber accessories. An Apple iPad was installed to control aspects of the vehicle such as ride height, luxury curtains, stereo and windows.

Read the entire article 2010 SEMA Show: 2011 Hyundai Elegant Equus from Mummbles Marketing

It appears that Rhys Millen Racing and Hyundai get along just fine, as they partnered for the 2010 SEMA Show, for the third consecutive year. This year, the team brought the RMR Signature Edition Equus, a special edition of Hyundai’s flagship sedan which brings exterior, interior and performance upgrades.

Regarding its exterior design, the car comes with a new carbon fiber front lip spoiler, new rear deck spoiler as well as a new set of carbon fiber mirrors.

The most interesting thing seen on this car is the paint: developed by BASF, the car comes with a two-tone carbon fiber and Red Bull Racing blue satin clear paint.

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Hyundai and DUB Magazine teamed up once again, for this year’s SEMA Show, and created a customized version of the Equus flagship sedan. As you can see from the photo, the new car comes with a new paint scheme, a redesigned front bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs, new front grille inspired by Rolls-Royce dubbed Trex DUB Design mesh grille, as well as a new set of black wheels.

Furthermore, the car features a custom two-tone, gloss black-and-matte charcoal paint job. The design is completed by the 24-inch TIS modular style 10 wheels wrapped in Pirelli Pzero Nero tires.

As expected, inside we find a world-class Lexicon audio system that comes from the factory, but the most interesting part will be found in the trunk, where DUB will install Infiniti Kappa components including nine Infiniti Kappa Series speakers, KAPPA ONE mono and KAPPA FOUR four-channel amplifiers.

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In order to make customers feel its presence in the luxury segment, Hyundai announced that it will include valet service, loaner cars as well as wear-and-tear maintenance in the price of its Equus flagship sedan.

A valet service means that a valet will pick up the car at the owner’s home, while loaner cars refers to the fact that Hyundai will drop off a Genesis or Equus loaner, if your car is in trouble.

‘At Your Service’ program includes oil and filter changes, wiper blades, brake pads and rotors and car batteries for five years or 60,000 miles.

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Hyundai announced today that the 2011 Equus will be priced from $58,000 (Equus Signature), while the top-of-the-line Equus Ultimate will cost you $64,500 - $900 freight charge not included.

According to the manufacturer, every Equus will be offered as standard with "At Your Service," Hyundai's revolutionary approach to the luxury ownership experience that provides complimentary valet service and covers all maintenance needs for 5 years or 60,000 miles. The new car will hit the U.S. dealerships in December.

Some of the key standard features of the Equus Signature include the 4.6-liter DOHC Tau V8 engine mated to a Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering (EHPS), Electronically controlled air suspension with Continuous Damping Control (CDC) as well as 19-inch chrome alloy wheels and Four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD.

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At this year’s SEMA Show, Hyundai will show us the latest customization programme developed for the Hyundai Equus flagship sedan. Dubbed RMR Signature Edition Equus, the new car will be refined by Rhys Millen Racing and promises to reveal a new exterior, interior and performance upgrades that will enhance the already luxurious sedan.

The exterior will include carbon mirrors, front lip spoiler and rear deck spoilers. BASF will create a special two-tone carbon fiber and Red Bull Racing blue satin clear paint, while the design will be completed by the HRE 21-inch P40 wheels.

The V8 engine which delivers 385 hp in the production version, will get new air intake and exhaust, that will bring 30 hp.

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