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Genesis GV80 Concept SUV and G80 Sport Snag 2017 Good Design Awards

Curvy concept and luxury sedan earn kudos

Good news for Genesis fans. The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design recently bestowed its Good Design awards on the Genesis GV80 Concept SUV and G80 Sport sedan.

The GV80 Concept utilizes the latest plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric technology and combines it in a beautiful, modern, and luxurious SUV package.

Its G80 3.3T Sport sedan sports a 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that delivers 365 horsepower.

“We believe in the power of design to seduce and inspire the human spirit,” said Erwin Raphael, Genesis GM, in a statement.

“We’re pleased that Good Design is a mainstay recognition going well into its seventh decade and couldn’t be happier to accept their acknowledgement of our dedication to design.”

We first saw the Genesis GV80 Concept at the 2017 New York Auto Show back in April. Our man Robert Cumberford was there and said, “the GV80’s gently puffy surfaces might make you think of hydrogen-filled dirigibles, those great sleek creatures of the sky whose era ended with the accidental destruction of the Hindenburg 80 years ago. Despite the visual reference to lighter-than-air vehicles, this one comes across as really big and heavy looking. I see virtually no athleticism in the GV80, but there is at least a tiny bit of formal elegance in certain details and one big element of imaginative innovation. That’s the double grille—a nicely proportioned, five-sided, normal-sized one superposed on the Audi/Lexus-style (i.e., excessive) main inlet area. It’s a nice piece of design work that visually reduces the massive front end into two sections, the upper part of which is reasonable and “normal.”

Architecture historian and philanthropist, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., designers, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames founded the award in 1950.

“The cars are a stunning achievement of high style, form, function and aesthetic,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Good Design president.

Congrats to Genesis for the nods.

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2018 Genesis G80

2018 Genesis G80

MSRP $44,250 3.8 AWD Sedan

EPA MPG:

19 City / 27 Hwy

Horse Power:

311 @ 6000

Torque:

293 @ 5000