Set to make a public debut this weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept got an early reveal last night during an event held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Officially the Hyundai HCD-16 -- nomenclature indicating it's the 16th concept to be formally penned at the Hyundai California Design in Irvine -- the look of the sleek Vision G Coupe Concept reflects input from its all of the automaker's key global studios. Beyond previewing cues we might well see in the next-generation Genesis Coupe, it reflects "Hyundai's inspiration for its family of future premium products that promise luxury, performance and style with the value and responsibility that is the foundation of Hyundai's brand."

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In presenting this striking one-off, Peter Schreyer, Hyundai's president and chief design officer, noted: "The design is our interpretation of the idea that Hyundai breathes into all of its vehicles - a DNA that balances design and performance with the idea that you don't need to be over the top in terms of glitz and stereotypical luxury cues." He pointed out that the Vision G Coupe Concept's character was influenced by the notion of chivalry, which can found in subtle details like doors that automatically open to welcome the driver and passenger.

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With its long hood, high beltline and sweeping, pillarless roof set off by aggressive fascia detailing and a 22-inch wheel/tire package, the Vision G Coupe Concept appears "dynamic and in constant motion," according to Christopher Chapman, head of Hyundai's U.S. design center and leader of the primary design team. Inside, the 4-seat cabin of the Vision G Coupe complements its understated but elegant character with a rich mix of supple leather, wood and light alloy accents.  Motivation for the Hyundai HCD-16 Vision G Coupe Concept is provided by the same award-winning 5.0-liter/420-horsepower Tau V8 engine used in the Genesis Sedan.

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