Hyundai dealers in 2022 increasingly shed the Genesis brand from dealerships that had carried both franchises, according to Automotive News' latest annual dealership census.
The number of standalone, Hyundai-only U.S. dealerships jumped by a fifth, or 80, to 473 stores in 2022. Hyundai franchises rose slightly to 835 as of Jan. 1, up from 827 in 2022.
Hyundai spokesman Michael Stewart said the number of Hyundai-exclusive locations increased "as many opted not to continue forward with Genesis." Dealers building standalone Hyundai facilities under the brand's Accelerate facilities program also contributed to the gains, he said.Genesis lost 36 franchises in 2022, or 12 percent of its network, but opened its first two exclusive stores last year, starting 2023 with 270 franchises.