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With August coming to a close, we’ve compiled a list of the latest AutoGuide video reviews for the month. Along with a test drive of the new Hyundai Genesis Sedan (including both the V6 and 5.0-liter V8-powered R-Spec model), we drove Mazda‘s SkyActiv prototype. It may look like a Mazda6, but underneath this odd right-hand drive machine is an all new platform and chassis, not to mention a new engine. Plus, we even drove Mazda’s new diesel engine for North America.
And let’s not forget the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry. Easily the most popular video review of the month, we take a look at all the different trim levels, from the sporty SE to the Hybrid.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan has officially been launched and priced at $34,200. The 2012 Genesis which debuted at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, received minor changes to the interior and exterior, but the big change is the engine.
For $34,200, the base Genesis is available with a direct-injected 3.8-liter V6, rated at 333-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque, up 43-hp and 27 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and the car can achieve 29 miles per gallon on the highway.
The next step up is the Genesis 4.6 starting from $44,500. This engine will produce the same numbers as 2011 with 385-hp and 333-lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
For 2012, Hyundai has introduced the new 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 R-Spec model. Coupled to the new eight-speed automatic, this engine will produce a whopping 429-hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy will be 16/25 mpg city/highway. Special features on the R-Spec include unique 19-inch rims, sportier suspension tuning and more aggressive appearance updates. The R-Spec retails at $46,500.