According to the latest reports from South Korea, Hyundai Motor Group’s Genesis luxury brand has established Genesis One Of One, a dedicated organization for bespoke vehicles. Genesis new program will be in charge of establishing the bespoke strategy following what other luxury brands already have done.
At first, the new dedicated organization will focus on create and release various special edition models through the new bespoke strategy. Currently, other premium brands like Mercedes-Benz or BMW have released various special edition models during the live-cycle of the vehicles. This strategy intend to take consumer interest back in the model by producing a special limited edition model that differentiates the design, interior finish or event engine power, before the introduction of the next-gen model.
So now the South Korean luxury brand will introduce a personal owner model for a small number of VIP customers. A part of the plan is to enhance brand’s premium car image by developing bullet-proof vehicles to be used for ceremonial purposes or even custom vehicles that reflect the tastes and needs of individual customers.
Genesis has been experimenting with various bespoke strategies before the official launch of the brand in 2015. For example with the 1,200 unit limited edition model ‘Genesis Prada’ in collaboration with the Italian luxury brand Prada in 2011. In 2013, the Genesis Hermes was also introduced in the form of a show car.
After the brand was officialy launched as a separated brand back in 2015, Genesis launched another special edition model based on the Genesis flagship sedan G90 during July 2020. The 50 units limited edition G90 Stardust set a record of being sold out in just one day. Using the success of Stardust as a stepping stone, Genesis now plans to expand the launch of special edition models in the future.
With the launch of the GV80, the company introduced ‘Your Genesis’, which showed an idea of its bespoke sales strategy. Your Genesis was an ordering system that allowed customers to combine only the specifications they want. For example, you were able to get a GV80 with up to 104,000 combinations. From powertrain, transmission to seat arrangement, interior and exterior colors or other options to your liking. Your Genesis was set to arrive into global markets such as US, China and Europe but finally not arrived.
Now, Genesis bespoke department is set to arrive within this year, starting with South Korea. Company’s official said, “Genesis is strengthening the bespoke program, which has been mainly implemented by high-end car brands like Rolls-Royce and Bentley,”