Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept On The Road @ Eyes On Design

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Things aren’t the same in 2013 as they were 50 years ago in 1963, when Bill Mitchell could essentially have GM pay to build him a personal custom car, the Buick Riviera Silver Arrow. Mitchell used the Silver Arrow as a personal car just like Harley Earl used the LeSabre. Taking home a one of a kind car wasn’t restricted to the head of styling at GM, like Earl and Mitchell. Art Ross headed Cadillac and Oldsmobile styling in the 1940s and 1950s. His son told me how his father brought the F-88 Motorama car home for the weekend when he was 14 years old with a learner’s permit. The senior Ross chaperoned his son as he let the boy pick up his date for a middle school dance. Like I said, that stuff was a half-century ago. Today, though most concept cars are likely to be fully functional, unlike the Motorama era, you’re likely to never see one actually driven, except on and off stage at a car show. That’s why it was a treat to get this video of the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept driving off the show field at the Eyes On Design show. Hyundai, which has a technical and design center near Ypsilanti, was one of the corporate sponsors of the show, so they brought out the HCD-14, which was a big hit on the auto show circuit early in the year.

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