Recently I had a chance to drive Hyundai's Genesis Coupe again and found out engineers have added a simple but welcome upgrade.
In my original ride-and-drive report
on a week in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, I noted an annoyance sometimes found on manual transmission cars. Namely, if to select reverse gear, you had to push the shift to the left and forward, there may be a chance of putting the car into the adjacent first gear instead (or vice versa). Sure there is often a spring-resistive gate or "wall" that gives some tactile feedback to entering reverse, but this may wear down or not be noticed in a distractive driving situation.
Thus it was a pleasant surprise that when I slipped into reverse to back down the driveway, a simple audio chime was sounded. That's it—nothing complex or necessarily digital—just a reassuring cue that a driver could rely on as he or she became used to driving the Coupe. And one other OEMs should duplicate.
(Follow the link above for more on my drive in the Genesis Coupe, as well as one of the better driving videos I've seen on taking the car around Road Atlanta.)
The Genesis Coupe recently driven was the R version in Tsukuba ("Arrest Me") Red, in which we clocked 25 mpg on regular gas over 140 miles.