Hyundai Genesis Canada
The Hyundai Genesis is Hyundai's full sized luxury sedan which was unveiled at the 2007 New York AutoShow as a concept BH model, while it's in the same full-sized segment with the now larger Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai launched the Genesis as the "beginning" to entering the luxury auto market, rivaling the Lexus by Toyota and Infiniti which is Nissan's luxury division. The Hyundai Genesis is available as a Coupe model which was originally rumored to replace the Hyundai Tiburon until the launch of the Hyundai Veloster which is the Tiburon replacement in Canada. The Genesis is powered by Hyundai's Lambda V6 3.3L engine which it shares with the Hyundai Sorento SUV, with an optional V6 3.8L engine with 306HP which it shares with Hyundai's full-sized SUV the Veracruz, while an optional performance based engine is available in some markets, which is the Hyundai Tao V8 4.3L engine with 375HP, the V8 engine is standard on the fully loaded and newly designed 2012 Hyundai Equus. The 2009 Genesis was named in the Top 5 Luxury Cars and Best Car Buy by the U.S. National Automobile Dealers Association and was second choice for Motor Trend Car of the Year title which went to the Nissan GT-R.
The first Hyundai Genesis arrived to Canadian dealers in late 2008 as a 2009 Genesis model, while the V8 engine upgrade was added to the Hyundai lineup in 2010. To compete in the competitive luxury segment Hyundai starts with a fully loaded Genesis which includes heated and cooled leather seats, standard 6.5" touchscreen GPS navigation system with an optional upgrade for which includes 8 inch screen Driver Information System (DIS) with Voice Activation and Multimedia Controller. The 2012 Genesis in Canada is available with two engine combinations; the standard V6 3.3L 24-valve, DOHC engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), while the Genesis V8 is powered by a 5.0:L 32-valve DOHC engine with CVVT. The Genesis Coupe however comes with a standard turbocharged 2.0T 16-valve engine with an optional V6 engine with 295HP available with the Genesis Coupe GT. Both the sedan and coupe share a 6-speed manual transmission with an optional 8-speed electronic automatic transmission with torque converter and steering-wheel paddle shifters which has become common in performance driven vehicles.
The Genesis was named the “Top Luxury Sedan” in 2011 beating the Jaguar XF and BMW 5 series, which put Hyundai on the map for luxury vehicles, and it easily won the Best New Luxury Car under $50,000. More importantly it was the first Hyundai to be named the North American Car of the Year in 2009 and Canadian Car of the Year. While the 2012 Genesis was named “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).