Monday, July 28, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata: One amazing car, terrific value and astonishing design

MEMPHIS, July 26, 2014 — The Sonata has been one smash hit for the Korean automaker. Hyundai recently announced its seventh generation model of this amazing car. Hyundai Sonata was nothing short of a smash hit in the midsize sedan segment, and so was the one before that and before that and before that.

The new generation trades some of the swoopy curves of the previous version for more conservative lines that take the styling to a much higher level. The outgoing generation of the Hyundai Sonata was a bold move that has paid off big time for the automaker, drawing attention to Hyundai with its daring yet practical design, strong yet efficient engines, and good value all around. The new model is a little bigger than before, and rear passengers benefit from a little more hip and legroom. The chassis has also been overhauled to improve both the Sonata’s handling capabilities and its ride quality.

The new Sonata is 1.4 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than its predecessor, and rides on a 0.4-inch longer wheelbase. Its new body boasts torsional and bending stiffness increases of 41 & 35% according to the folks at Hyundai, and 52% of its steel is of the advanced high-strength variety. Hyundai says the new Sonata will be safer than ever, too, thanks to the stiffer body as well as new driver knee airbags.

So what is it about Sonata that is so attractive and why is it taking the car consumer world by storm? It offers comfort, great driving dynamics, astonishing styling, great value, responsive handling and driving, and it offers a plethora of driver assistance, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning. Hyundai has them all and does a better job than the immediate competition and I was very impressed with the adapt cruise control full range mode where even if you go down to 0 mph by simply tapping the resume button it will start up again.

So how do you raise the level of quality and refinement in a vehicle that seems to have it all? The answer lies in keeping the same manufacturing and assembly formula, this model being the third one built in Montgomery’s Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), and excel in having a classy and even-tempered look, a smoother and more quiet powertrain, and have a body that’s tight and stamped together even more effectively than before… after all, the competition is fierce and even though Sonatas do sell at the rate of about 200,000 per year, the Camry, Accord, Mazda 6 and Chrysler 200 are all itching to take over the lead.
 
And as if this was not enough to make this car a great value and amazing vehicle, the actual design isn’t the only attribute that stands out. The number of features available is impressive, such as available heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof and segment-exclusive rear sunshades. You can upgrade the multimedia head unit between two touch-screen audio setups, with the ultimate option featuring a seven-inch touch-screen and the Hyundai BlueLink telematics system. Using this system Sirius XM subscribers can even record live radio to listen again later. Hyundai also promises Apple CarPlay support and Android Auto compatibility in the near future that will allow users to let their smartphones to further enhance their infotainment experience with brought in apps, locations and improved integration between the phone and the car. An impressive compliment of safety technologies can also be special ordered, including Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

Hyundai also revised the engines, but instead of upping the horsepower and torque in the 2.4-liter and two-liter turbo models Hyundai decreased output. The 2.4-liter model makes five horsepower less, while the turbo model loses almost 30 hp. That decrease is supposed to make peak power more easily accessible. While the engines don’t feel particularly powerful, they both offer smooth acceleration and are both relatively quiet.

We were very impressed to learn the fuel economy in this new Sonata hovers around 25 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway for the 2.4-liter engine and 23 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway for the turbo. For the truly mileage-minded, another option for the Sonata is a turbocharged 1.6-liter Eco engine with 177 horsepower and 195 horsepower that gets 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Prices for the Sonata start at $21,125 for the base model with an automatic transmission, while different engine and equipment packages can set you back to around $33,495., excluding an $810 in destination fees automatically tacked on to every car.

We have had numerous family members and friends get into a Sonata over the years and thus far we have not had one contact us with any sort of complaint or grievance. They have all been great cars, especially from the fourth generation on up… a terrific car despite some shortcomings, but this new 2015 Sonata takes the cake in so many different areas, which puts it in the lead against so many challenging competitors in one of the toughest segments in the car business today.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hyundai's Hope on Wheels Shows How Great an Automaker Can Be

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels 1Micah and his father leaving his hand print on Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels Santa Fe. Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA
Micah and his father leaving his hand print on Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels Santa Fe at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA
Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels donates funds for childhood cancer research, raises awareness of pediatric cancer and gives hope to those who suffer. Hyundai Motor America and its more than 820 U.S dealers, along with customer support, are committing serious funds to help fight childhood cancer. Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Although many automakers sponsor charities, Hyundai is remarkably hands on with Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels.
Micah is a scrappy little guy who’s been fighting cancer since he was a baby. He’s smart, curious and precocious while exhibiting that one special trait of what a three-year-old typically should be – happiness. To meet him in person, you would be hard pressed to see evidence of his illness. Micah’s cancer has gone into remission several times, only to come back.
His parents Kate and Jeff contend with this reality with an internal fortitude that actually gives others strength. As a parent of young children, I am in awe of people like Micah’s parents. I could never imagine what they go through on this emotional roller-coaster, the tremendous strength it must take. I find it nearly inconceivable.
“The mission of Hope on Wheels is to raise awareness for childhood cancer, donate life-saving research funds and celebrate the lives of children affected by this disease. The program provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide
Hyundai Hope on Wheels 2e pursuing innovative pediatric cancer research. These grants are designed to develop new treatments and ultimately a cure. We are committed to providing the much-needed support in the fight against childhood cancer. Hope on Wheels’ ultimate goal is to fund the needed research that will bring about the day when no child ever has to hear the words, “You have cancer.”” – - Hyundai Hope on Wheels
Micah leaves his hand print (with the help of his father Jeff) during the Rady Children’s Hospital’s acceptance of the Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels award ceremony
Micah leaves his hand print (with the help of his father Jeff) during the Rady Children’s Hospital’s acceptance of the Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels award ceremony
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Micah is my brother-in-law’s nephew and I’ve had the good fortune to see him grow and thrive, despite the cancer. Thanks to programs like Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels, children and their families who suffer from childhood cancer have a powerful ally.
“We created a new grant category called the Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant, a competitively selected two-year $250,000 award. Recipients of the Hope Grant are selected from the nation’s best and brightest institutions.” – - Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels
Recently, Micah’s hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, received a $75,000 grant award from Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels. “Dr. Udaka, a fellow at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, received a 2014 Hyundai Young Investigator Clinical Award to fund her work on brain tumors in children. She is one of 13 recipients of this award, which helps principal investigators pursue research and implement clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.”
“Hyundai is a brand that not only builds great cars, but is committed to doing good things that serve society’s needs,” said Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Pediatric cancer is an issue that affects far too many children. Together with our dealers, we joined this fight in 1998. We are committed to ending this disease by funding life-saving research. Through Hope On Wheels, we look forward to a world in which no child will have to face this terrible disease.” – - rchsd.orgHyundai Hope on Wheels 3
Micah and Jeff admire their handy work during the Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels ceremony at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA.
Micah and Jeff admire their handy work during the Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels ceremony at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA.
The Fast Lane Car team wishes to extend a special thank you to Hyundai Motor America and its more than 820 U.S dealers for implementing this incredibly important program. Hyundai customers should know what a kind and generous organization their automaker represent. With programs like Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels, children like Micah and their
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families have a great tool in the fight of pediatric cancer.
Author Nathan Adlen, Hyundai, Opinion and Editorial

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hyundai Intrado F-Cell – A Hydrogen Car

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Lately, there has been quite a stir in the global automotive industry owing to the use of more environmental-friendly resources in order to conserve maximum energy for the upcoming future. Each auto maker is tending towards employing a new type of technology, which caters to both aesthetics and functionality of a vehicle. While some auto giants have geared up to transform their cars into an all-inclusive hybrid, others have made a more pragmatic approach and opted for Hydrogen Fuel-Cells. The latest name in this expansive list is of the South-Korean auto giant, Hyundai who has planned to convert its next-generation car in the same specification. The upcoming Hyundai Intrado model of the company will be transformed into a green car for better fuel dynamics and driveability.
The company had unveiled this concept recently on a worldwide stage claiming it to be the glimpse of Hyundai cars of the future. The Hyundai Intrado F-cell cars will be forming the bases of the futuristic designs and innovation of the company. Interestingly, Intrado is among the first-ever Hyundai car models to be incorporate with such kind of powertrain. Based entirely on the auto maker’s iconic Fluidic Sculpture Design Philosophy, this model will be the upcoming Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) of the company. The company officials claim that this green car has been a result of the consumer’s demand for creating a more interactive and easily functional vehicle. The Hyundai Intrado F-cell cars will be offering a revolutionary driving experience to the passengers in the most cost-effective and environmental-friendly manner possible.
The concept car has been created with precise engineering and latest techniques to suit the taste of modern day buyers. This SUV is one of those Hyundai car models, which have been created to keep the entire weight of the vehicle proportional and downwards. The concept car’s chassis has been designed using reinforced carbon fibre structure and light-weight steel has been wrapped over it to provide rigidity. This green car is equipped with a heavy 36-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which will power the new generation hydrogen fuel-cells to put the vehicle in motion. Moreover, the concept SUV will be able to reach 0-100 kmph within 12.5 seconds and onto a top speed of over 200 kmph.
For refuelling, the car can be stopped at any nearby hydrogen fuel station and can be filled within minutes. In full tank, this SUV concept car is expected to cover a range of over 600 km before getting fully drained.
The Hyundai Intrado F-cell cars are expected to be sent into production soon and will be launched in the upcoming time. If launched in the domestic auto market, this model will certainly be among the most amazing Hyundai cars in India. The company has not unveiled any further plans but reports suggest that this SUV concept will be one of the expensive Hyundai car models in the world. Initially, the cost of manufacturing these hydrogen cars will be hefty but after proper architecture has been laid, the amount will certainly get reduced steeply.
Author: by Eliza Lobo in Greens.
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Monday, July 07, 2014

New Hyundai Genesis can outfox speed cameras


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Even the best drivers occasionally press their foot a little too hard on the gas pedal. 
 
But the engineers at Hyundai have come up with a way to save speeders from their own bad habits. The automaker is showing off a new system that not only alerts the driver to hidden speed cameras, but will automatically slow the vehicle down to avoid a ticket.
"It knows there is a speed camera there," spokesman Guido Schenken told reporters during a session marking the Korean launch of the newly redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan. "It knows where the speed camera is and it will adopt the correct speed."

The system relies on some basic technology. Its onboard navigation system has a database showing where speed cameras are known to operate, and that information is linked to the sedan's auto-brake system. Drivers are given an audible alert about a half-mile before they approach the camera. If the motorist doesn't slow to the speed limit, the automatic braking system kicks in, gradually slowing the vehicle. 

The speed camera system is the first offered by any automaker and is part of a broader suite of electronic safety, comfort and convenience features on the new Genesis sedan, which was designed to compete against such established luxury competitors as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. 

For now, the speed camera detection system will only be offered in South Korea. But questions surrounding the legality of the technology are likely to arise if it makes its way over to the U.S. 

Several states, Canada and a number of other countries ban the use of radar detectors. But the Hyundai system relies on a database of known locations, rather than a detector system. That difference means, however, that the technology would not work against cops scanning speed from radar detectors on the side of the road. 

For American motorists who want to avoid speeding tickets without slowing down, there are a few options. Where legal, some radar detectors now have access to speed camera databases, as do a number of the portable navigation systems sold by Garmin. 

There also are speed camera apps for smartphones, such as CamSam, which claim to offer continuously updated databases. Like the Garmin navigation units, they provide warnings ahead of a camera, but unlike the Hyundai system, it's up to a driver to respond in time.


 CNBC.com



Saturday, January 18, 2014

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Named Cars.com Family Car of the Year

January 18, 2014
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Named Cars.com Family Car of the Year
DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cars.com, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, announced tonight at its annual “Best of” award show that the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the winner of the site’s Family Car of the Year award.

“The redesigned Santa Fe Sport’s interior flexibility and available convenience and safety features, such as side window shades and blind spot monitors, make it a natural choice for families,” said Kristin Varela, Cars.com’s Chief Mom. “A few of our experts even called the Santa Fe Sport ‘fun to drive,’ which is a rarity for a family car where driving fun isn’t often a priority for auto makers.”

Nominees for the 2014 Family Car of the Year were the Buick Enclave, Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
“Families come in all shapes and sizes and so do our favorite family cars of 2014,” said Varela. “Each nominee offers unique features and qualities that are perfect for any family, and while the Santa Fe Sport is our top pick, each nominee would make a great option for families in the market for a new car.”
For larger families, Hyundai also offers the Santa Fe which adds an additional row of seating and was a nominee for Cars.com’s “Best of 2014″ award.

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