As Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis had previously only produced two sedans, which despite being well-made were best described as snoozefests. The new Genesis GV80 SUV changes all that. The exterior is as sleek as an Olympic gymnast, flowing seamlessly from a Bentley-like grille to a taut rear clamshell providing unfettered access to the cargo area sized to haul groceries, luggage and a couple of pups. Because Genesis is now led by a former BMW executive, the interior is a luxurious cocoon of leather and fine woods. It features a sound system that could power a Rolling Stones concert. The list of unusual yet delightful features includes a forward-looking camera that, when it spots speed bumps, softens the suspension. Highway Driving Assist 2.0 steps in if it detects distracted or unsafe driving (i.e. tailgating) and can initiate a lane change by activating the turn signals (good news indeed for the 3 people in South Florida who use turn signals). Power options include a 4-cylinder engine and a V6, both turbocharged. Those looking for a luxury SUV need to include the GV80 on the list; Genesis.com.
Some of the most unforgettable experiences for Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, are when he comes across a patient who is now an adult and he performed a transplant on them as a baby. Seeing them older, living healthy lives, doing the things they love, is an ongoing inspiration.
The Chihuahua breed’s origins are steeped in mystery. It’s widely believed that they are direct descendants of the Techichi — a small dog of Chinese ancestry that dates back to Mayan times. It’s possible that explorers bred the Techichi with a small hairless dog, and the Chihuahua was the result.