Hiding in plain sight
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HYUNDAI’S next generation Genesis limousine has been caught on camera in outback Australia— two years before it is due in showrooms and just two months after it was seen as a concept car at the Detroit motor show.
An eagle-eyed Carsguide reader spotted the camouflaged sedan in the small NSW town of Lockhart, about 65km west of Wagga Wagga and 300km west of the nation’s capital, Canberra.
The crew had stopped for lunch before heading further west.
CCTV footage shows the covered-up test mule was in convoy with a long-wheelbase version of the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and another Hyundai sedan called the Azera, both of which are US-only models.
Another reader spotted the Genesis in Cobar.
Len Burton tells us: ‘‘ Lefthand-drive, white in colour, with no camouflage, and a sticker on the back indicating it was a test car. But, of course, I didn’t have a camera.’’
Hyundai Australia spokesman Bill Thomas would not comment on the images but did say Hyundai ‘‘ regularly’’ tests local and global models in Australia. Hyundai aims to introduce the next-generation Genesis coupe in Australia within the next two years but Carsguide understands the luxury sedan is not yet confirmed.
Hyundai engineers use Australia as one of their locations for hot-weather testing. Two prototypes from Hyundai’s sister company Kia are also in Australia undergoing testing at the moment.
Spotted: The Hyundai Genesis on a test run inNSW