REVIEW: The $65,000 Genesis GV80 SUV is a lavish chariot with an interior that puts the competition to shame

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If you don’t recognize the front grille on the 2021 Genesis GV80 — or, indeed, the name Genesis at all — you’re not alone. All you need to know is that there’s a new, midsize luxury crossover entering the fray. And it’s quite a nice one, too.

The GV80 is brand new for 2021. It comes with two engine choices, either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and an optional third row of seating. By now, this is a pretty standard formula for the overly saturated luxury midsize crossover segment. 

The trick is seeing what the GV80 does differently.

The genesis of a Genesis SUV

In 2015, Hyundai spun off its Genesis nameplate — which had previously been worn by a sporty coupe and then, later, an executive sedan — into a separate, global luxury brand. Five years and three Genesis-branded sedans later, Genesis launched the GV80 as the fourth Genesis model worldwide and the first SUV the brand’s ever offered. 

After this, we can expect the more compact and upcoming GV70 SUV to further balance out Genesis’ sedan-heavy lineup. The brand may be new, but it follows in the current South Korean automaker philosophy, which is to make quality cars that people actually want to buy. 

The quality aspect of the plan, at least, is taking off nicely. Genesis was among the top-ranked brands on J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study in 2018. It was also crowned Consumer Reports’ top brand in the US that same year. This past February, Genesis took the top spot in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study.

With high accolades come high expectations, and Genesis’ newest offering certainly commanded the latter.

Details and safety ratings: Two engine options

Underpinning the GV80 is the rear-wheel-drive platform that’s shared with the G80 sedan. Unlike the Hyundai Palisade, which shares its platform with the Kia Telluride, a Genesis spokesperson said the GV80 and G80 platform will only be found in Genesis products.

Two engine options are available, both with eight-speed automatic transmissions. The first is a 2.5-liter, turbocharged inline-four that’s good for a claimed 300 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. In rear-wheel drive guise, it gets an estimated 21 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. In all-wheel drive setup, those figures drop slightly to an estimated 21 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

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Gilead is set to sell billions of dollars of a coronavirus drug that’s far from ‘amazing’ after the US approved remdesivir to treat COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Vials of investigational coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug remdesivir are capped at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California, U.S. March 18, 2020. Picture taken March 18, 2020. Gilead Sciences Inc/Handout via REUTERS

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The first approval of a COVID-19 drug in the US wasn’t quite a cause for celebration.

US regulators approved the virus-fighting drug remdesivir on Thursday, greenlighting its use in hospitalized patients. The US Food and Drug Administration had given an emergency OK for the drug’s use in May.

But it’s unclear how well remdesivir, marketed as Veklury, works for patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Studies respectively led by the US National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization came to conflicting conclusions, with the WHO research casting doubt on the drug’s benefits.

“It has an effect, but it doesn’t really have an amazing effect that people were hoping it would have,” Dr. Walid Gellad, director for the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh, told Business Insider in a Friday phone interview. 

In squaring the findings of the main studies on remdesivir, longtime drug discovery researcher Derek Lowe wrote that “for remdesivir, it looks like the argument now is ‘Does it help a bit or just not at all?'”

Despite that uncertainty, one thing is clear: Remdesivir’s manufacturer, the California biotech giant Gilead Sciences, is in a prime position to sell billions of dollars worth of the drug.

SVB Leerink industry analyst Geoffrey Porges expects remdesivir to drive “significant revenues surprises” for the company through the rest of 2020, according to an October 9 research note. He projects remdesivir sales of $5.4 billion in 2020 and $8.5 billion in 2021. 

That’s well above consensus on Wall Street, which is set at $2.4 billion for this year and $2.7 billion next year, according to SVB Leerink. Porges sees higher revenues from governments stockpiling the treatment. 

After the approval was announced Thursday evening, Gilead’s stock opened the next morning up more than 4%, gaining nearly $3 billion in market value to make the drugmaker worth nearly $79 billion. 

The biotech charges $2,340 to governments in the developed world and $3,120 to US insurers for a five-day course. The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, an influential drug pricing watchdog, calculated in June that the government price is cost-effective if the treatment actually reduces mortality.

If remdesivir ultimately fails to prevent deaths, ICER said the drug’s price would need to come drop to $310. The group is currently revising its pricing assessment based on the recent WHO study,  an ICER spokesperson told Business Insider. That trial found no mortality benefit for …read more

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El Clásico Live Stream: How to Watch Online Without Cable

Barcelona will host Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday for the 245th competitive Clásico.

In the United States, the match (9:45 a.m. ET start time) will be televised on beIN Sports (English broadcast) and beIN Sports en Español (Spanish broadcast). But if you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch a live stream of Barcelona vs Real Madrid online for free:

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FuboTV

You can watch a live stream of beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Español and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV. Both channels are available in either the base package or the Fubo Latino package, both of which come with a free seven-day trial:

Start Your FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the match on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.

Vidgo

You can watch a live stream of beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Español and 65+ other TV channels on Vidgo, which you can use for free with a seven-day trial:

Vidgo Free Trial

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Vidgo website.

Sling TV

Sling TV offers several different bundles and add-ons, many of which include beIN Sports and/or beIN Sports en Español. Sling is the cheapest streaming service with beIN Sports if you plan on keeping it long term.

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