Genesis G70 will continue to be sold with a manual transmissionJuly 3, 2019
Ervin Rafael, chief executive officer of the South Korean Genesis brand, confirmed at a conference call that the company would continue to offer a manual transmission for the G70 2020 sedan model year.
While other automakers are beginning to slowly abandon the use of manual transmissions, Genesis is not going to do that, at least in the case of the luxurious G70 sedan. Introduced in the 2019 model year, the G70 went on sale with a 6-speed manual gearbox, which was connected to a 2.0-liter in-line turbocharged engine, and a larger and more powerful 3.3-liter V6 with twin-turbocharging comes only with “automatic”.
This news was the result of a 38 percent increase in brand sales in the first half of 2019. Which in turn is directly related to the increase in sales of the model G70.
Ervin Rafael, chief executive officer of the South Korean Genesis brand, confirmed at a conference call that the company would continue to offer a manual transmission for the 2020 model year sedan. In the first half of 2019, 10,007 copies of this car were sold, and in general, the smallest sedan of the South Korean luxury brand accounted for almost 57% of total sales. Meanwhile, the G80 and G90 sedans significantly “sunk” in sales over the same period compared to the same period last year by 40.6 and 41.9%, respectively.
Mr. Rafael also mentioned the upcoming update for the G80 and G90 (the last of which has already debuted in South Korea), as well as the appearance of a medium-sized GV80 crossover over the next year. Although all this sounds promising, we are just happy that Genesis has provided its manual transmission for at least another year of production.
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