Yesterday me and some friends went to the DC Auto show, mainly because it's a good waste of $10 and 5 hours, not because we are looking into buying new cars. Overall it wasn't bad, a lot of cool cars and nice manufacturer setups. I sat in a 2005 Mustang, it's fairly nice, and more room in the back than I would have imagined. The Evo seats were nice as always, as well as the leather in the Saabs and Volvos.
But, the Hyundai showing was sad, just plain sad. The only Tiburon they were showing was a base model Beta one. What the hell is that? Do they expect to sell Tiburons when they are only showing the base model? They didn't have a Tiburon GT, let alone any of the Tiburon Special Editions. I couldn't believe it. Just imagine the yellow SE sitting there in the middle of the booth brightening everything up, it would have drawn a crowd.
Does Hyundai not want to sell any cars? I don't get it. Do they not want to attract younger buyers? I don't get it. It was sad.
I was also sad that they were talking about the Tuscon, but weren't even commenting on how a newer, larger Santa Fe was coming out. Maybe they were told not to talk about it, I don't know, doesn't make sense to me.
Also, the women and men who were working the exhibit didn't really know that much about Hyundai or their cars. The lady asked me while I was sitting in the Elantra, "Do you have any questions" and I almost said "I know more about this car then you ever will," but decided to go with the "No, actually I already have one, thanks."
The Hyundai booth was probably the third least crowded. Isuzu and Suzuki were definately a lot less crowded, it was sad. Poor them.
And, for some strange reason, Kia had the best looking group of women working in their exhibit. My friend was confused and I said "They have to sell cars somehow."