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Korean brand gears up to take on premium European marques with appointment of its first European managing director
James Attwood, digital editor
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29 September 2020

Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has stepped up plans for an imminent European market launch, appointing former Audi sales boss Dominique Boesch as its first managing director for the region. 

Boesch will begin his role at the new Genesis Motor Europe headquarters in Germany on 1 October, reporting directly to global brand boss Jaehoon Chang. 

He joins following 20 years at Audi, where he held roles including sales director for France, head of European sales and managing director in Korea, Japan and China. Most recently, he was in charge of developing the brand’s global retail strategy.

He said: “I feel privileged and excited to join Genesis Motor Europe and bring an ambitious Korean contender to the region. The brand will stand out through dynamic design, athletic performance, truly premium customer service and a driving experience tailored to European roads. 

“Europe is the spiritual home of the premium car market and I am certain that the Genesis models we plan to launch here will be a pleasant surprise to many.” 

The Korean brand has yet to confirm when it will launch in the region or what its initial model line-up will comprise. It was initially planning a roll-out in 2020, with the UK market a key focus.

Boesch's appointment follows that of former Aston Martin and Maserati executive Enrique Lorenzana as head of sales for Genesis in Europe. 

Bringing Lorenzana on board gives some indication of the premium market Genesis will be aiming for in Europe. He most recently served as Aston Martin’s head of European sales, following a seven-year spell at Maserati. The Spaniard has also worked at Audi and fellow Hyundai-owned brand Kia.

Genesis boss William Lee said Lorenzana’s appointment “shows that Genesis is strongly committed to Europe and its automotive luxury market”.

Genesis was launched by the Hyundai Motor Group in 2015, taking its name from the long-running Hyundai Genesis executive saloon. The first bespoke Genesis model, the G70, went on sale in 2017, and has since been followed by the G80 and G90. The brand has also revealed its first SUV, the GV80, and last year showed the Mint electric city car concept.

Genesis has already launched in countries including South Korea, the US and Russia.

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jagdavey 29 September 2020

The return of Genesis.........

I hope it's the original line-up!!!!!!!

MaxTorque 29 September 2020

In seems of looks,

In seems of looks, reliability, tech and value for money Genesis are right up there with the best - their cars are more than good enough to succeed in Europe. Let's hope the customers can see past their own vanity
abkq 29 September 2020

Best of luck to Genesis (it

Best of luck to Genesis (it needs it)

From what I've seen, Genesis are well made, decent looking, tastefully understated, far prefable to the usual German premium trio, all of which in pursuit of 'look at me' looks have given up any sense of timeless elegance and restrained design.

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