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Genesis Motor, LLC
Founded4 November 2015; 5 years ago (2015-11-04)
Key people
Won-Hee Lee
(President and CEO)
Jaehoon (Jay) Chang
(Global head and executive vice president)
Mark del Rosso
(CEO, Genesis North America)
Markus Henne
(CEO, Genesis China)
ProductsLuxury vehicles
ServicesAutomotive financial services
ParentHyundai Motor Group

Genesis Motor, LLC, commonly referred to as Genesis (Korean: 제네시스, romanizedJenesiseu), is the luxury vehicle division of the South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Initially envisioned along with the plan for Hyundai's new luxury sedan, the Hyundai Genesis, in 2004, the Genesis brand was officially announced as an independent marque on 4 November 2015, launching their first Genesis standalone model, the Genesis G90, in 2017.[1][2] Genesis models are designed in Rüsselsheim (Germany), Namyang (South Korea), and Irvine (United States); and produced in Ulsan (South Korea).[3][4] In 2020, J.D. Power named Genesis the most dependable automotive brand in North America.[5][6]

Jaehoon (Jay) Chang is global head and executive vice president.[7] Luc Donckerwolke, former design director of Volkswagen subsidiaries Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi, is chief creative officer.[8] Mark del Rosso, former president of Audi of America, is CEO of Genesis North America.[9][10] Markus Henne, former vice-president at Mercedes-Benz, is CEO of Genesis Motor China.[11] Sang-Yup Lee, former designer of the Bentley Continental GT and C-6 Chevrolet Corvette, is head of design.[12] Filippo Perini, former Lamborghini head of design, is chief designer.[13] Peter Schreyer, formerly at Volkswagen and principal designer of the VW Golf, New Beetle, and the Audi TT,[14] is a president and heads design management. Albert Biermann, former head of the BMW M performance division, oversees tuning and performance as executive vice president of performance development and high performance vehicles.[15][16] Fayez Rahman, former development leader at BMW, is vice-president of architecture development.[14] Andrea Jensen, former designer at Škoda and Volkswagen, heads colour and trim.


Hyundai conceived "Concept Genesis" in 2003 and introduced its first model in 2007 as a "progressive interpretation of the modern rear-wheel drive sports sedan".[17] The body design took three years and the total cost of the program was $500 million over a development period of 23 months. Reliability testing ran for 800,000 miles.[18] Hyundai introduced the Genesis in 2008 at the North American International Auto Show.[19]

Chris Hosford, Hyundai's United States spokesman, cited three main reasons for making Genesis a stand-alone brand:[20]

  • Genesis' seven years already in the luxury car market was successful;
  • Genesis ranked among the top three segment sellers;
  • Customers demanded a separate Genesis division.

Genesis Motor announced the launch of its first model, the G90 (EQ900 in South Korea), on 9 December 2015. The G90 is the brand's flagship model.[21] Genesis launched in the U.S. in late 2016, with the sale of the G80 and G90 models. The initial dealers are a subset of existing Hyundai dealers, with designated space for Genesis within the dealerships' showrooms. On 14 September 2016 a third model, the Genesis G70, was unveiled in Namyang, South Korea.[22] The car was introduced to the United States market during the 2018 New York Auto Show on 28 March 2018.[23] In June 2018, according to the reports, Genesis Motor ranked first on J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study.[24] The brand's first SUV, the GV80, formally debuted on 14 January 2020.[25]


Car Launch year Facelift/second generation Current generation Predecessor model
G70 2017 2020 1
G80 2016 2020 2 Hyundai Genesis
G90 2015 2018 1 Hyundai Equus
GV70 2020 1
GV80 2020 1

Future plans[edit]

By 2022, a sports coupe and two crossovers are expected, bringing the number of Genesis models to at least six. In addition, in 2018 Genesis registered the GT70, GT80, and GT90 trademarks in preparation for three grand tourer models.[26][1] Genesis follows an alphanumeric naming convention; car models are named by combining the letter "G" and a number (70, 80, 90, and so on) while crossovers are named by combining the letters "GV" and a number.[27] Genesis is initially being marketed in South Korea, China, the Middle East, Russia, Canada, Australia and the United States, followed by Europe (postponing launch)[28] and the rest of Asia.[2][29]

Production aggregate[edit]

Between November 2015 and October 2018, Genesis sold 206,882 vehicles; of the total, 127,283 were G80 models, 52,417 were G90 units, and 27,182 were G70s.[30] In 2016, Genesis sold 66,029 models in South Korea.[31]

Year Units sold
10k 20k 30k 40k 50k 60k 70k 80k 90k 100k
Genesis Motor (since 2015)
2015[30] 555  
2016[30] 58,916  
2017[30] 78,889  


Genesis is the official sponsor of the NFL, the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club, and the Condé Nast International Conference.[32][33] Architect Rem Koolhaas designed the world's first ever Genesis showroom in Seoul's Gangnam district.[34] Genesis Connected Services, a cloud-based service, features remote vehicle functions such as remote start with climate control and remote lock/unlock is available on iOS, Android and an Alexa Skill developed with Amazon.[35] The Genesis Intelligent Assistant was developed for Android and iOS, providing similar service to Genesis Connected Services.[36]

Former designers[edit]

  • Manfred Fitzgerald (2016–2019), former director at Lamborghini, was executive vice president & global head.[37][38]
  • Bozhena Lalova (2016–2019), former interior designer at Mercedes-Benz, headed colour and trim.[39]
  • Alexander (Sasha) Selipanov (2017–2019), former designer of the Bugatti Chiron and Vision Gran Turismo, lead exterior and advanced design.[39][14][40]


  1. ^ a b Kim, Sohee (4 November 2015). "Hyundai launches Genesis premium car brand in bid to end profit skid". Reuters. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Hyundai spins off Genesis luxury brand, promises six new models by 2020 – CNET". CNET. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  3. ^ Banks, Nargess (29 January 2017). "The Story Behind Genesis, The New Global Luxury Car Brand". Forbes. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  4. ^ McEachern, Sam (20 February 2019). "Where is Hyundai From and Where are Hyundais Made?". Auto Guide. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ "J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study". J.D. Power. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ Gastelu, Gary (12 February 2020). "J.D. Power names Genesis most dependable automotive brand". Fox News. Retrieved 12 February 2020. Genesis took the top spot on the 2020 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study ahead of Lexus, Buick, Porsche and Toyota in its first year eligible for the list.
  7. ^ Greimel, Hans (29 October 2019). "Hyundai taps William Lee as global Genesis chief". Crain Communications. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  8. ^ Meiners, Jens (2 November 2020). "Automotive Design Star Luc Donckerwolke Is Back at Hyundai Group". Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  9. ^ Bond, Jr, Vince (2 May 2019). "Audi U.S. chief Del Rosso resigns". Crain Communications. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. ^ Gardner, Omari (14 October 2019). "Mark Del Rosso comes to Genesis with luxury cred". Crain Communications. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ "GENESIS APPOINTS MARKUS HENNE AS CEO OF GENESIS MOTOR CHINA". Genesis Motor LLC. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2020. Genesis has appointed Markus Henne as chief executive officer, Genesis Motor China. Mr. Henne will be responsible for overseeing all Genesis operations in China.
  12. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (29 April 2020). "Luc Donckerwolke steps down from top design role at Hyundai, Genesis". Motor Authority. Retrieved 3 May 2020. SangYup Lee has since been named head of design at Hyundai and Genesis...
  13. ^ "Genesis appoints Filippo Perini as chief designer, Genesis Advanced Design Studio in Europe". Genesis Motors North America. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  14. ^ a b c Loh, Edward. "How Genesis' Dream Team Could Reinvent the Luxury Car - The Lohdown". Motortrend. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  15. ^ Trop, Jaclyn (17 September 2017). "New G70 Compact Sedan Helps Hyundai Define Korean Luxury For Its Genesis Brand". Forbes. US. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  16. ^ Nelson, Gabe. "Genesis brand born with luxury heritage". Automotive News. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Hyundai to Unveil Concept Genesis Premium Sports Sedan" (Press release). PR Newswire. 26 March 2007. Archived from the original on 22 November 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  18. ^ Jonathon Ramsey (17 June 2008). "Let there be technology: What's under Hyundai's new Genesis sedan".
  19. ^ "Hyundai Unveils Genesis Premium Sports Sedan". Hyundai. 13 January 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Hyundai Accelerates Genesis into Its Own Luxury Brand". Yahoo!. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Genesis Brand Launches its First Model, G90" (Press release). Hyundai Motor Group. 9 December 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Genesis G70 resets expectations of customer-focused performance and luxury" (Press release). US: Genesis. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Genesis premieres the 2019 G70 at the New York International Auto Show" (Press release). US: Genesis. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  24. ^ Roberts, Adrienne (20 June 2018). "Korean Auto Makers Are Listening to What American Drivers Want". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  25. ^ Quiroga, Tony (14 January 2020). "Genesis Finally Has an SUV, the GV80". Car and Driver. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  26. ^ "2021 Genesis GT90: A Top-Tier Coupe to Steer the Brand". Car & Driver. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  27. ^ "Hyundai Motor Launches New Global Luxury Brand, 'Genesis'" (Press release). Hyundai Motor Group. 4 November 2015. Archived from the original on 19 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  28. ^ Malan, Andrea. "How Hyundai could win with Genesis in Europe". AutoNews Europe. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  29. ^ Runk, David. "Flagship Hyundai Genesis G90 luxury sedan debuts in Detroit". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  30. ^ a b c d "Hyundai's Genesis models surpass 200,000 units in global sales". Korea Herald. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  31. ^ Greimel, Hans (8 April 2017). "Genesis sets sights on China". Automotive News.
  32. ^ "The Official Luxury Car Of The NFL Invites Football Fans To The "Super Bowl Experience Driven By Genesis"". PR News Wire. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  33. ^ "GENESIS SPONSORS THE 2018 CONDÉ NAST INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CONFERENCE". Genesis. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  34. ^ Berk, Brett (8 February 2018). "Rem Koolhaas's OMA Designs a Sleek Showroom for Hyundai's Genesis". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  35. ^ Genesis Teams Up With Amazon to Bring Connected Cars To Connected Homes
  36. ^ Genesis Launches New Innovative Luxury Amenities to Save Time and Add Convenience
  37. ^ "Hyundai Motor Announces Manfred Fitzgerald to lead the Genesis Brand". Hyundai Motor Group. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2020. Hyundai Motor announced Manfred Fitzgerald, former director of brand and design at Lamborghini, to lead the Genesis brand from January 2016.
  38. ^ Jin, Hyunjoo (29 October 2019). "Hyundai Motor replaces head of premium Genesis brand". Reuters. Retrieved 3 May 2020. Hyundai Motor on Tuesday named its former North American chief, William Lee, to oversee its premium Genesis brand following the departure of Manfred Fitzgerald to pursue new opportunities.
  39. ^ a b Ahrens, Ronald (27 October 2017). "Luc Donckerwolke and the International Team Behind the Design of the Genesis G70". Motor Trend Group. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  40. ^ Cole, Aaron (31 March 2020). "Meet Koenigsegg's Sasha Selipanov, outlaw designer of the world's most exclusive cars". Motor Authority. Retrieved 5 May 2020. Last year, Sasha joined Koenigsegg as its lead designer, stepping out from the regimen at nascent luxury automaker Genesis...

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