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Hyundai Adrenaline Tour Event Log ***UPDATE - DAY 2 - 11 AM CST***

With the Adrenaline Tour Event for Houston, TX starting in about 12 hours, and Myself being the first on the schedule to drive, I thought I would take my laptop and camera to document while I am there. So, I will update this thread as things happened.

First off, who all is going to the Houston event?

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Ooh. Hope you have a good time out there.

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I am going to the one in Dallas next weekend!
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First update...sort of since the event is still several hours away.

In cooperation with Mr K., I have created a business card informational to hand out at the Adrenaline Tour events in order to promote the website. I got a special deal to make a crap load of them to. So...



Pardon the fuzzy picture, they are a lot better in person. I presonally liked how they turned out as well as how they are short, sweet, and to the point. Futhermore, since I made a lot, if other members who will be attending the Adrenaline Tour in their home cities would like some to hand out, just PM me your mailing address and I would be glad to send you a however many you think you will need. As of right now, I have 500 total, but more can easily be made if we run low.

So, for those members (like our DFW friends who have the touring coming to them next weekend) would like to step up and help to pass them out, just let me know.

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I would like to go but I'm kind of far.
Can I get a card anyway?

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I would like to go but I'm kind of far.
Can I get a card anyway?
Sure, I suppose if people want a few to carry with them to hand out, that would be cool too. To be honest, I never really gave it that much thought, but if people are interested and Mr. K is okay with it, I don't see why not. The only real hinderance would be the cost would eventually become pretty high, but we can play that by ear.

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I hate to be that guy, but...

You spelled "prospective" wrong. well not wrong, but used the incorrect word. You used 'perspective' which is used to describe a view.

You should have used "prospective" as in we are potential prospects.

Sorry to be that guy, but I love the cards otherwise.
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***UPDATE***

So, I have been onsite for the event since 7:45 AM central time this morning. It is always nice to open the door and hear cars peeling out in the morning. I test drove the 3.8 Track and 2.0T track around the auto cross style short course and have reaffirmed my decision to get this car. It is absolutely amazing.

Here are some pics...
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.....oh noes... no pics!!!

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You spelled "prospective" wrong. well not wrong, but used the incorrect word. You used 'perspective' which is used to describe a view.

You should have used "prospective" as in we are potential prospects.

Sorry to be that guy, but I love the cards otherwise.
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Okay, maybe not...Photobucket is being a bit of a pain and uploading from my computer slowly, so why that happens, I will discuss other things.

***IMPORTANT - The following information in updates that I post as the day goes on are MINE. They are my best attempt at relaying information I receive and paraphrasing what has been said in order to best benefit the community while not crossing toes with those working for the event or otherwise***

When I arrived on site, I found the event to be well designed and plenty of information for those that are interested, but have not followed the car like many on this board have. Everything is clear cut, but the Hyundai representatives - they are called Product Specialists at these events - went out of their way to make sure everyone has a good time and answer any and all questions to their best ability. That being said, as soon as I informed them that I am a Senior Member on gencoupe.com and would be updating the website as the day went on, I was immediately introduced to one of the head product specialists at the event.

First, he asked me about the website and things about who we are. I kindly gave him a breif overview and introduction. He then immediately asked what is the general consensus about the car among owners and prospective buyers. This is where I spoke with him about the recent issues the board members have posted about. These include...

1) Rev hang issue
2) AC problems
3) Fit and finish issues (Hood, rear quarter window, sunroof visor, etc.)
4) Production issues, delays
5) R-Spec availability and pricing
6) Any and all Navigation information
7) Dealers Not working with Buyers
8) Will Hyundai bee splitting soon to have a second "Premium" brand (a la Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infiniti, etc.)

He immediately took one of the business cards that I made and began to write down all the information as well as give me straight answers for most of the questions and concerns.

1) Rev hang issue - I told him about the miscommunication between the dealers and Hyundai corp. about a reflash to fix this issue. To date, Hyundai corp. says there is a reflash already out and being implemented, but that the dealers can't seem to see it on their side. He stated that he would report/ask the field engineer he knows for a TSB or similar information and will then email it to me so that we have the proper infromation to give to the dealer to look things up. -To be continued-

2) AC problems - He was initially aware of the problem, but mentioned that at the event last week there was reports of similar problems. He stated that he has already forwarded that information to the proper channels. He also took down in detail all the description of problems that I referenced from the website from owners from AC antifreeze being low and needing a recharge to those that are still having issue. He said he would send this additional information through the channel when he files his report this coming Friday. -To be continued-

3) Fit and finish issues - he was not aware of this and stated that he would report it to Hyundai corp. so that they can begin checking at port to see if it is a port or dealer issue. -To be continued-

4) Production issues/delays - he basically stated what Mr. K said when he interviewed the CEO about 2 weeks ago. The biggest reason for delays was that production was not fully up to speed as they were getting the last kinks out of the car before going into full production. He stated that by the end of August, it would be full speed and we should start to see starting then a higher volume at ports/dealers.

5) R-Spec availability - He stated that, barring any major issue, the R-Spec will start to be available in the latter half of September of this year with a MSRP price of 23,750. No major changes have been made to what the trim will have since the initial press release in Las Vegas back in January.

6) Navigation - this is probably the biggest thing people have as of late been asking about. The following will add/confirm/or be new information, so listen up:

A) First 3.8 with navigation arrived at port in California this past week and was transfered to Hyundai Corp. of North America as a showroom car. Navigation is already being implemented and all coupes as coming into port as of the end of August should have the navigation where applicable.

B) Navigation will become STANDARD as part of the trim level for ALL 3.8 Track and GT models and will increase the MSRP $1,000. No exceptions.

C) Navigation will become OPTIONAL as part of a package add-on for the 2.0T Premium with AUTO Trans ONLY. Additionally the AC will be upgraded to the Auto temp style found in the 3.8 trims as well. This package will add an additional $1,250 to the MSRP of the 2.0T Premium Auto transmission model.

D) Retrofittable - the nevigation should be a retrofittable option as of this time. You will have to order the parts and have it installed either at your local Hyundai dealership of through a third party (warranty on parts will only be acceptable with dealer install). They will try to send me updates on this with a ballpark for the cost of parts should they get a hold of it anytime soon.

7) Dealers Not working with Buyers - While he acknowledged that dealers are independent, he also stated that Hyundai is beginning to aggressively check in on dealers as they understand that the how things use to work won't fly now that Hyundai is trying to raise its image.

He went on to listen to the horror story that I breifly touched on from this thread.

So, he was nice enough to provide me a telephone number that we can call and report dealerships so that Hyundai Corp. can look into it should they see a pattern. I am not sure if this number is already out there somewhere, but here it is...

1-800-633-5151

He stated that you may have to be a bit persistant, but there is a section for complaints through that phone number and encourages up to report any and all dealers when possible and plausible. Now, a thing to remember is that this SHOULD NOT include dealers that won't trade or pricing or other things that they are within their right to do. Remember that they are independently owned and operated. What it is for is those dealers that, for instance, treat a customer inappropriately. Hyundai Corp. doesn't like that anymore than we do as consumers and is trying to work with dealers to keep them from doing that, again, to help promote the brand image.

8) Hyundai plans to split into a second luxury brand - Hyundai at this time does not plan to do this. They did the profit/expense studies and found that it would require 2 BILLION to start that up. While they want to go that direction eventually, they do not plan to do this for several years

Finally, to end this long update, the pictures are uploaded so I will add those next. I also have video, but that will have to wait until tonight as I have limited battery on my laptop.

Bill

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Finally one of me having some fun in the Rhys Millen Gen Coupe. Man, I look like a dork with that grin...oh well.

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Finally, please be sure to ask any questions you want me to ask here at the event in this thread so that I can relay them asap and get back to you.

On a personal note so far, I think the AutoX/Drift bug just bit me....

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***UPDATE***

The product specialist will be forwarding the official Hyundai Corp. info email they received about the navigation that includes pictures. Look forward to an update with that later on.

Also, I was interviewed by Hyundai Corp. as they are randomly asking people about their thoughts to use later in a compilation video that they will post on one of the official Hyundai Genesis Coupe sites once the Adrenaline Tour completes. I was sure to plug gencoupe.com should they decide to use my interview.

Finally, I have noticed that a lot of people who are coming to check it out are driving up in BMW X4 roasters, Miatas, Jaguars, Cadillacs, and I have even had 2 gentleman arrive one in a Porsche Carrera and a Lotus Elise. So far, out of all the people I have heard or spoken with, the general consensus is that it is a great vehicle and most people are surprised by it. The general demographic of those at the event so far are gentlemen around the 30 to 50 age area. I have only seen a handful of teenager-20's. I have been surprised by the number of young ladies who have jumped in and not only tested the vehicle, but have really gotten into the corners. Not saying anything bad about the ladies, just seemed to shock me personally.

Remember, please ask any additional questions ASAP. The event will be stopping around 5 PM (it is 1 PM as of this post). I will be there tomorrow in the morning at least for an hour or two, but I can not promise that I will be able to stay all day again.

I want to take this time, however, to personally thank the event staff for not only going out of their way to provide for my personal requests for photos/videos but for taking the business cards I have made, passing them out to other employees and explaining them and telling them to hand them out to those that want to get a more customer/owner oriented fell and information than just specs from the Hyundai website. Definite big cudos to them. Also, this same team will be going to each event on the Adrenaline Tour across the country, so those that are gencoupe.com members that go should speak with them and mention the website. Furthermore, my offer still stands to ship a handful of the cards to other members who are attending the event so that we can continue to get the word out about the gen coupe.

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***Final Update Onsite***

Not much to add, well except me trying to hold on as the professional driver takes me for a drifting "Hot Lap"...


Youtube states it is still "processing" the video so it may be a few minutes until this video will be available without any lag or delay. Just be patient.

Also, NEXT-GEN and Slider, I got your questions and will ask before today ends. Also, I relayed your troubles that you have been having CrookedH, I will PM you some info later. Be on the lookout for that tonight.

This will be my final update from the event site as I have no battery left on the laptop. Keep asking those questions because I will be here tommorow too!

Oh, and by the way, they are going to give me special access to go out ON THE TRACK to take more photos and video with my camera. Look forward to that later tonight .

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Bill: Can you find out for me what brand of wing that gray one has? I'd guess it's an APR GTC-500 but let me know if you get a chance. Thanks. GREAT job on the threads btw . . .only wish I was there!
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Bill: Can you find out for me what brand of wing that gray one has? I'd guess it's an APR GTC-500 but let me know if you get a chance. Thanks. GREAT job on the threads btw . . .only wish I was there!
Which one are you referring to? I am assuming the Rhys Millen Drift Mock Car, right?

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There were a lot of older people at the DC event also. An older lady probably in her late 60s early 70s and a few 60s gentlemen. There were some 20s there too and quite a few in the 30s range.

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