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Genesis gives G90 a (nearly) complete makeover just three years in

Genesis has redesigned the G90 for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of Genesis

It's been just three years since the Genesis G90 went on sale in the U.S. but the automaker has decided that it is already time for a complete model update. For the 2020, the flagship sedan gets major exterior and interior changes, new technology, and a safety upgrade.

"G90 is the ultimate expression of the Genesis brand," said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer, Hyundai Motor Group. "Before the first sketch was even drawn, my team of designers thought carefully about how to evolve its styling and create something even more elegant and harmonic."

2020 Genesis G90 front face rear grille headlights Genesis has redesigned the G90 for the 2020 model year. Photo courtesy of Genesis

With the exception of the car's roof and doors, every body panel on the 2020 Genesis G90 has been replaced or changed. Its new Crest Grille is flanked by quad headlamps. At the rear, quad taillamps wrap around corner to corner is a Lincoln-esque way. Its license plate sits low, making the eyes focus on the rear design rather than a government regulated piece of metal.

Nineteen-inch wheels are available for the first time on the 2020 model and feature a new G-Matrix pattern.

The cabin of the G90 features a horizontal layout that emphasizes the car's vast passenger space. There is chrome plating on the switches and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Open-pore wood and double stitching and piping are arranged throughout the space.

Genesis is touring the G90's long list of brand firsts including over the air updates for maps and infotainment system software, a 12.3-inch touch screen for navigation with a copper graphic interface.

The model comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link.

Genesis has enabled the car to log user driving patterns and it informs the driver when there is a need to address vehicle wear with maintenance.

2020 Genesis G90 interior Genesis has simplified the interior of the G90 for the 2020 model year. Photo courtesy of Genesis

The automaker has given the 2020 model a long list of standard safety and driver assistance technology including:

  • Lane Following Assist - expands the reach of lane-keep and lane-departure assists, to help stay centered in a lane and provide steering assistance.
  • Rear Cross-traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist - uses rear side radar to help detect and prevent impact with obstacles.
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) can now help detect bicycles and vehicles in front of the vehicle.
  • Safe Exit Assist - may alert a driver and passengers with alerts when an object is approaching an opening door.
  • Highway Driving Assist - assists the driver to maintain the center of a lane on marked interstate highways, while keeping a safe distance from a vehicle in front. It can act in conjunction with Highway Auto Speed Slowdown, which adjusts vehicle speed to match posted signs.

Each 2020 Genesis G90 sold in the U.S. will come with valet services. The no-additional-cost program allows owners to schedule appointments with the use of valet pickup and drop-off.

Also included with every G90 purchase:

  • 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance
  • 3 years/36,000 miles complimentary Service Valet
  • 3 years of complimentary Genesis Connected Services, including Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Destination Search powered by Voice and Remote Start with climate control
  • 3 years of complimentary SiriusXM® Travel Link (Data Services)
  • 3 years of complimentary Annual Multimedia and Navigation Updates
  • Lifetime complimentary traffic data
  • Best-in-class warranty with Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Services, including tire changes or transportation to the nearest Genesis retailer or authorized service facility, and reimbursement for inconvenience.

Genesis will sell the G90 in two trim levels: 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate. The 3.3. and 5.0 designee which engine the car uses, either a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that gets 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, or the 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

The 2020 Genesis G90 will go on sale in December. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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U.S. roadway fatalities up in 2021

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just released its estimates on traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2021 and the numbers aren't promising. In the first quarter of this year alone, 8,730 people died in motor vehicle crashes. Last year's cumulative numbers weren't much better, coming in higher than any year since 2007.


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The grim statistics represent a 10.5 percent increase from the same time period last year, a time when we were already marveling at the numbers. Further data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) indicate that the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased by 2.1 percent, which makes the increase in fatalities all the more striking a statistic. Initial projections pegged the number of fatalities per 100 million VMT at 1.12, but it instead climbed to 1.26 fatalities per 100 million VMT.

Regionally, most areas in the United Statessaw an increase, though two did not. The Midwest region, which includes Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas did not change, while the mid-east coast states of North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and West Virginia actually saw a six percent decline in fatality counts.


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What's behind all of this? Last year, the NHTSA reported that, with fewer people on the roads, those that were driving were engaging in risky behavior. What's more, Automotive News reports, that the number of deaths involving people not wearing seatbelts increased 15 percent last year and speeding deaths climbed 10 percent.

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Both the Jetta and Jetta GLI are refreshed for 2022.

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Volkswagen is busy in 2021. The automaker has a brand-new SUV in its lineup and is implementing tech updates for almost all of its vehicles. The venerable Jetta sedan is one of them, but along with new tech, the car receives a new engine and updated safety features for the 2022 model year.


2022 Volkswagen Jetta The Jetta GLI gets standard projector LED headlights.Volkswagen


The 2022 Jetta gets the new turbo-four that powers VW's freshman SUV, Taos. It's a 1.5-liter unit that makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Jetta GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

Both cars are based on VW's MQB platform, but the GLI gets additional go-fast chassis and handling components. Like its spiritual cousin, the Golf GTI, the Jetta GLI carries a VAQ electronically-controlled torque-sensing limited-slip differential. That extremely hyphenated component works with the car's XDS Cross Differential System and DCC adaptive dampers to help keep things tidy when the driver puts their right foot down.


2022 Volkswagen Jetta The Jetta comes standard with a digital gauge cluster.Volkswagen


Styling updates include new front and rear bumpers with a new grille and chrome trim pieces. The GLI features a signature red accent strip and a honeycomb lower fascia. The standard Jetta gets LED headlights and daytime running lights, while top Jetta trims and the Jetta GLI get projector LEDs.

New standard tech headlines the cars' interior updates and include a standard digital gauge cluster, measuring eight inches for the Jetta and ten inches for the Jetta GLI. The Digital Cockpit system can display maps, audio information, and other data from the car's infotainment system. Top Jetta trims and the Jetta GLI also come with VW's MIB3 infotainment software, which brings wireless charging and wireless app connectivity.


2022 Volkswagen Jetta New safety tech is available for the 2022 Jetta.Volkswagen


The Jetta's standard and available safety technologies also get an overhaul for 2022. Front assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts are now standard, while Volkswagen's IQ.DRIVE safety package is available for some cars and is standard for the GLI. The package includes a lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, a semi-automated driving assistance system, and a semi-automated medical emergency vehicle assistance system.

Pricing details for the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta have not yet been released. The automaker expects the cars to begin arriving on dealers' lots in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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