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  • This the first time Genesis has won a Canadian Car and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year category award
  • Genesis continues its winning streak, having now won seven major Canadian awards this year

MARKHAM, Ontario, February 20, 2021 – Today, the Genesis G80 and GV80 were named winners of their respective categories at the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. The G80 has been awarded Best Mid-Size Premium Car in Canada, and GV80 has won Best Mid-Size Premium Utility Vehicle in Canada. Both vehicles are now eligible to win overall Canadian Car and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year for 2021.


This marks the first time that the Genesis brand has been honoured by AJAC and the Canadian Car and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. Winners were determined by a jury of more than 80 top Canadian automotive journalists from across the country. Over 250 vehicles were eligible for evaluation.


“We are thrilled that the Canadian media have recognized the all-new G80 and first-ever Genesis SUV, GV80, as class-leading vehicles,” said Richard Trevisan, Brand Director of Genesis Motors Canada. “Both G80 and GV80 exemplify the ambition of Genesis. At only four years young, we’ve already set ourselves apart from the competition with our exceptional products and commitment to customer experience. We’re honoured to receive this recognition.”


G80 is at the core of the Genesis sedan lineup and offers a perfect balance of comfort and refined performance.


GV80 is Genesis’ first-ever utility vehicle, offering consumers many world-first technologies, including Road-Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview, for a serene driving experience. Both vehicles embody the brand’s new athletic elegance design language.


Genesis has quickly established itself as a top automotive brand and continues to received praise for its award-winning products and unique purchase and ownership experience.


In 2020, Genesis placed first in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) among all premium automotive brands for the fourth consecutive year. Most recently, the brand has won four 2021 Awards including Best Overall Car for G70, and G80 has won the J.D. Power 2021 Canada ALG Residual Value Award.

Genesis Motors Canada


Genesis Motors Canada is headquartered in Markham, ON and distributes, markets, and services Genesis vehicles in Canada through a network of 30 agency distributors. Genesis is a global automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, and innovation. Genesis offers a range of models including the G70 sport sedan, G80 executive sedan, the flagship G90 sedan, and the GV80 sport utility vehicle. All Genesis vehicles sold in Canada feature set, all-inclusive pricing, Genesis at Home concierge for sales and service, complimentary scheduled maintenance, a comprehensive warranty, and more. Visit to learn more.

For more information, interviews and images, please contact:

Bianca Pettinaro

Specialist, Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Genesis Motors Canada

Office: 905-752-2630 

Cell: 416-540-7342