Genesis GV80 Production Shuts Down

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The Hyundai Palisade is also affected.

The Genesis GV80, the Korean automaker's first-ever luxury SUV, made its official debut back in March, but production hasn't gone smoothly. According to a report by Just Auto, production of the flagship SUV was suspended this week due to a shortage of parts.

Production of the Hyundai Palisade has also been suspended. Many parts manufacturers were forced to close production during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to shortages. While car manufacturing has resumed at plants around the world after being shut down due to the pandemic, it's clearly going to take a long time before the production plants return to normal operations.

Front View Driving Genesis
Front View Driving Genesis

The production suspension of the Genesis GV80 and Hyundai Palisade comes after three of Hyundai's assembly were shut down after a parts supplier employee passed away after they were believed to be infected by the coronavirus disease.

Last week, Kia also halted production at two of its domestic plants after two workers were contracted with the disease. There's more bad news for Genesis GV80 customers too, as deliveries of the diesel-powered GV80 have been suspended due to excessive engine vibrations. Despite these setbacks, the GV80 has been a huge sales hit for Genesis.

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Side View Genesis

The Korean automaker recently confirmed it's received over 10,000 reservations for the GV80, but demand is likely to outstrip supply. At the time, Genesis was adamant that US customer deliveries are still on track for this summer, but these ongoing issues could cause further delays.

In the US, the Genesis GV80 starts at $48,900, but ticking all the options can increase the price to over $70,000. As standard, the Genesis GV80 is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Starting at $59,150, a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 version is also available, which produces 375 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque.

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Source Credits: Just Auto

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