Genesis Canada said on Monday the launches of the GV80 crossover and the redesigned G80 sedan will happen this fall, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
A spokesman said that while the plan had always been to begin sales "in the second half of this year," the company had firmed up that timeline.
"We fully expect deliveries of both vehicles to start this fall," Jarred Pellat said.
Meanwhile, citing the coronavirus outbreak, Gensis is delaying the U.S. launches. Both vehicles are built in Ulsan, South Korea, and were scheduled to go on sale in the United States this summer. The vehicles won't go on sale there until this fall.
The reason for the U.S. delay was the shutdown of much of Michigan during the COVID-19 outbreak in the spring, including the EPA's offices and laboratories in Ann Arbor that certify vehicle emissions, a Genesis spokesman said Friday.
Genesis' U.S. sales dipped 25 per cent in the first half, with G80 deliveries off 40 per cent to 2,001. The brand is counting on the two vehicles to jump-start volume there. Total Genesis sales in Canada are down 40 per cent through the first half of 2020 while G80 sales in Canada are down 54 per cent to just 78 through the first six months of the year.
The midsize GV80 is priced from US$49,925, including shipping in the United States — while packed with standard safety equipment and luxury features — in a deliberate move to draw consumers from rival brands. It starts $64,500 in Canada.
The latest G80 is engineered on a new platform and features new powertrains and safety technology.