Genesis G70 Customers Don’t Go For The Manual – And That’s OK

Despite manual transmissions now often being relegated to affordable hatchbacks and driver-focused sports cars, Genesis buyers in the United States can actually pick up a G70 sedan with a stick shift.

The Genesis G70 is sold with a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. The latter can be specified with a manual alongside a limited-slip differential, summer tires, and Brembo brakes but, unsurprisingly, the take rate on this configuration isn’t very high.

While recently speaking with CarBuzz, Genesis senior group manager Kevin Smith said that year-to-date sales of the G70 account for just 4 per cent of four-cylinder G70 sales.

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“Looking at just the portion of manual sales across our G70 2.0T variants, because the manual is not available on our 3.3T variants, the 2019 year-to-date manual sales percentage is 4%,” he said.

However, the South Korean car manufacturer doesn’t appear to be too concerned with this.

When contacted by Jalopnik, a Genesis representative said that manual G70 sales are right where the automaker thought they’d be.

“We knew the take rate for the manuals, even with the other performance upgrades that come in the 2.0T Sport (manual) package, wouldn’t be that great, but we wanted to be able to offer it to show how much we appreciate the enthusiasts in the market that prefer manuals. In fact, … we stated throughout the launch that we expected the manual take rate to be less than 5 percent,” the spokesperson said.

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  • Six_Tymes

    that really looks like a 3 series. inside and out

    • salamOOn

      ehm…no. it looks better.

      • Matt

        Does it though? To me it looks a bit generic and fussy. Not a bad design, but doesn’t look that premium either.

        • salamOOn

          i like it more than 3 series, so i think so 😀
          but design is subjective, so its ok if you dont like it 🙂
          but i think especially interior is premium enough.

        • Danny Boy

          Trust me, as a proud owner(via partner), this thing is awesome! In person, very imposing stance,and at NO point do you feel as if you’re in anything less than a luxurious sports sedan! I truly can’t believe that its built by Hyundai! 3.3 literally pushes you back into your seat! And draws too much attention where ever…..we go! Reminds me of what BMW use to be! (My e92)

        • bd0007

          No more generic than pretty much the rest of the segment, but it doesn’t stand out either.

          That will change (a bit) when it gets the new Genesis design language (when the G70 gets its facelift) – which will match it w/ the new G80, GV80 and the facelifted G90.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      It’s more of a mish-mash of various compact execs. Side and rear looks like a C-Class, bits and pieces on the front looks like it came off an Infiniti G.

      • Danny Boy

        Go test drive one and then……come back to respond! This thing is a beauty and a beast!

    • Danny Boy

      As a owner, I can assure you that in person it looks and feels nothing like the current BMW crap! This damn thing will make you think differently about Hyundai! The materials feel much more substantial than bmw, and the styling garners way more (too much)attention than my previous 335i ever did! I just love it! The power…… (3.3) and the lux feel makes you believe you’re in a much more expensive vehicle. Please go and test drive one! Im officially a Gen fan boy! Real talk

    • bd0007

      Uhm, NO.

      Speaking of the 3 Series, Motor Trend did a comparo w/ the new 3er and the Model 3, and while the Tesla came in 1st (pretty much due to its powertrain), the G70 beat the BMW.

  • Zandit75

    Toyota, this is how you do a ducktail rear end.

  • Paul

    It really is a gorgeous car.

  • TheBelltower

    The exterior of this thing is just beautiful. Perfectly proportioned.

  • ThatGuy

    Wish we got them on my side of th world. But a great car

  • Kagan

    Boring people!

  • izzey04

    love the dashboard layout..

  • Lodger

    Why would they go for a Genesis car at all? there are none on the lots of several dealerships, so how can you test drive the manual?

  • ksegg

    I don’t think the MT issue is limited to Genesis at all.

    Typically what I’ve been seeing is:

    1.) People complain “WE WANT MORE MT’S! WHY ARE MT’S NOT AVAILABLE!”
    2.) Same people who complain about MT’s not being in more cars end up buying auto’s in cars that do offer both MT and auto anyway, because they don’t want to commute with an MT. Go figure.

    • Bash

      lol you’ve probably just described almost half of the people on earth. And then when the sun is set. Those people go to sleep and the other half of the people wake up and act the same thing lol

    • Jeremytallman

      Main issue is most Manuals are lesser/base models. Those who are really seeking out a Manual want Performance, Top Trim/Options, etc. to go with it. A token Manual from a Manufacturer like Genesis, etc. does not interest me in the slightest and I really like the G70. Give me a manual with Top Trim Sporty level and I would buy one NOW, if my 6’6″ would fit Ok, as well as with passengers.

      My height introduces a whole other issue for finding a good Manual Sporty vehicle. But again, don’t try to sell me a base/stripper Manual and then say, “Manuals Don’t Sell!”

      • ksegg

        I just ordered a fully loaded MY2020 M2 Competition in 6MT. That’s not a base model to me. *shrugs*

        The more expensive M3/4 also comes in MT’s……no idea about if the next-gen M3/4 is going to have MT option but we’ll see.

        But I get what you’re saying. 🙂

        • Jeremytallman

          You’re saying what I mean, of course, as M2 Competition is in no way a base model. 😉 And if the 2 series base coupe was the only model in the series with a Manual I highly doubt you would be interested. Also, you did put your money on the table for a top line Manual. 🙂

          Thank you for helping keep them alive! M2 Competition is one sweet ride. Enjoy it for me, my kids are still in college. 😀

  • Danny Boy

    Listen, if the manual was offered in the beast model (3.3tt) we would’ve jumped on that option! However, it isn’t, so we “settled” for the eight speed, and couldn’t be happier. Well….lol! No seriously, this thing is amazing, and I encourage all to go out for a test drive then, come back and comment. I really hadn’t even thought about the stick anymore. This just can’t be produced by Hyundai!!!!!

  • getoffme

    So called “enthusiast”….LOL

  • atomicbri

    Is this car selling well? Honest question as I have yet to see even one of these on the road where I live and I am all over the Tampa Bay area in Florida with my job. I think they look ok, but it’s just strange I have seen not one.

    • An Existing Person

      Here in Miami I have only seen one, and that car was on a test drive…

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    This vehicle looks to be the real deal. I just struggle to see what it does that is uniquely better than its competitive set?

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