Earlier this month it was announced that the Genesis GV80 Concept SUV and G80 Sport mid-luxury sedan both won 2017 GOOD DESIGN® awards. Genesis joins other transportation, electronic, consumer and lifestyle product brands in receiving the annual awards from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
“We believe in the power of design to seduce and inspire the human spirit,” said Erwin Raphael, General Manager of Genesis Motor America. “We’re pleased that GOOD DESIGN® is a mainstay recognition going well into its seventh decade and couldn’t be happier to accept their acknowledgement of our dedication to design.”
The award, the oldest of its kind, was founded in 1950 by legendary designers, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and by architecture historian and philanthropist, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. This year’s jury met in San Francisco and New York, selecting award-worthy products from 46 countries.
This month the Genesis G80 (when equipped with specific headlights) and G90 earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest rating by being placed in the TOP SAFETY PICK+ category. Both cars earned that rating within the “Large luxury cars” segment.
“Among the awards Genesis has earned for design, customer appeal and appreciation, this IIHS designation confirms our commitment to build vehicles whose safety is rock solid,” said Erwin Raphael, General Manager of Genesis Motor America.
To qualify for 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation, a vehicle must earn good ratings in several test categories. The G80 and G90 achieved those ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.
The Genesis G80 was rated the winning Premium Fullsize car in ALG’s 2018 Residual Value Awards (RVA). The award, a first for the Genesis brand, comes from ALG, the industry benchmark in forecasting future vehicle values. Winners show leading competitiveness and are predicted to hold the highest percentage of their original sale price after three years.
“Along with its balanced performance and handsome design, the Genesis G80 offers a generous list of standard features at a lower price point than that of similarly equipped luxury competitors. With the addition of the 3.3L twin turbo Sport trim to the 2018 model year, the G80 continues to garner attention and impress the crowd as it takes its first Residual Value Award for the Premium Full-size segment,” said Jim Nguyen, President of ALG.
“At Genesis, we strive to give consumers exactly what they desire and, above that, some feature value they don’t even know they need,” said Erwin Raphael, General Manager of Genesis Motor America. “This award represents the absolute third-party experts confirming that we’ve hit that moving target that we’re constantly going after.”