After a family in India buys a new vehicle, be it a car, a bike, or any other automobile, in general, a Puja is held. This Puja is done to seek blessings from God for the particular vehicle. Now, this tradition is very common with Hindu families; however, recently, the Ambassador of South Korea performed this new car ritual for his very own official vehicle. The video of the South Korean ambassador performing a Hindu ritual for his new Hyundai Genesis GV80 SUV was shared online by the South Korean Embassy.
We are delighted to have a new Hyundai Genesis GV80 as the Ambassador's official vehicle and held a Pooja ceremony wishing for good luck! Join our embassy's new journey! pic.twitter.com/MV4htMjk1H
— Korean Embassy India (@RokEmbIndia) September 25, 2023
The video of the South Korean Embassy in India holding the Hindu Puja ceremony for the new vehicle for Ambassador Chang Jae-bok has been shared on X (formerly Twitter). It has been shared by the embassy with the caption, “We are delighted to have a new Hyundai Genesis GV80 as the Ambassador’s official vehicle and held a Pooja ceremony wishing for good luck! Join our embassy’s new journey!”
In the video, the Hyundai Genesis GV80 SUV can be seen arriving at the embassy. Following its arrival, the Hindu priest starts reciting some mantras. He then guides the South Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok on performing the rituals, and he follows his instructions. Lastly, the video shows the priest breaking a coconut for good luck and garlanding the vehicle as well. The Hyundai Genesis GV80 SUV then takes a small round inside the embassy after the completion of the ritual.
Hyundai Genesis GV80 luxury SUV
For those unaware, Genesis is the luxury sub-brand of the South Korean automotive giant Hyundai. It is the equivalent of what Lexus is to Toyota. The GV80 is the brand’s flagship SUV model, and it is based on the Genesis GV80 sedan. Both of these cars were showcased in India back in 2021 at the inauguration of the Hyundai India headquarters in Gurugram, Haryana. Currently, the company does not offer these cars in India. However, before the COVID pandemic, there were reports that the company could be introducing this brand in India.
As for the car in the video, which will now be the official vehicle of the South Korean Ambassador to India, it is the Genesis GV80 SUV. This is the flagship luxury SUV from the brand, and it boasts an extremely modern and futuristic appearance. The SUV features a massive shield-shaped grille with intricate chrome elements. This full-size luxury SUV competes around the world with SUVs like Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, and others.
Internationally, the Genesis GV80 SUV comes with three engine options. The first is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum of 300 bhp. The next option is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 375 bhp. Lastly, there is a 3.0-liter diesel engine that makes around 269 bhp. Now, which exact variant and engine option the South Korean Embassy has gone for the official vehicle is unknown.