CARS.COM — It’s no secret Hyundai wants to sell its Genesis brand at standalone dealerships, not the one-off showrooms at Hyundai dealers that currently peddle the burgeoning luxury division. The path there became a bit clearer this week: Citing Brian Smith, Hyundai’s incoming chief operating officer, Automotive News reports that the automaker plans to open 85 to 90 standalone dealerships for Genesis sometime in 2018.
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That’s far less than the 343 Hyundai dealers that sell all Genesis products. It’s unclear if the current setup will persist in some areas while standalone Genesis facilities serve others, but if the brand eventually consolidates to such a footprint, it could make a long drive for some shoppers. Eighty-five or 90 dealerships nationwide is tiny even by luxury standards, well behind the likes of small luxury brands like Alfa Romeo (which has 155 U.S. dealerships, per AN’s latest dealer census), Jaguar (163) and Porsche (188).