Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hyundai Sonata Recall Update- What You Need To Know

Kevin Schechterle, Service Manager provides updated information on the Sonata Recall. Remember, staying informed is important. The Gary Rome Hyundai Family is here to answer any questions you may have. Call us, we're here. www.GaryRomeHyundai.com or 888-637-4279

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Solution for Hyundai’s Freezing Screens - Consumer Reports New

Software fix will keep Santa Fe’s control screen aglow all winter
Published: August 18, 2014 12:00 PM

An old tall tale goes that it got so cold last winter, our words froze in midair, and we had to heat them in a skillet to hear what we were talking about. That’s how it felt in our Hyundai Santa Fe last winter. On really frigid mornings with single-digit temperatures, the center-dash infotainment screen wouldn’t wake up. That’s the touch screen that manages the audio, phone, navigation, and rear-camera image, but not, thankfully, the seat and steering-wheel heaters. This was unusual, inconvenient, and especially aggravating, since we’d just decided to name the Santa Fe our Top Pick among midsized SUVs. When contacted, Hyundai told us that it knew about it and that a free fix would soon be coming. Just in time for the dog days of August, we’ve learned that Hyundai has developed a software update that will keep the screen alive when the mercury takes a nosedive. It’s described in a technical service bulletin (TSB no. 14-01-031) now in dealers’ hands.
That TSB mentions that the cold-weather screen-freeze problem also afflicts some versions of the 2015 Elantra and Tucson. If you own any of those, it might be a good idea to check with your local dealership and maybe book an appointment, before you have to break out the skillet.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Extra Mile: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Turbo

Published: August 17, 2014
By: Greg Zyla
Entry Price: $24,950
Price As tested: $33,385
This week, we're driving the front-drive 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, with a "2.0T" designation on its window sicker. The "2.0T" stands for 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, meaning this Sport packs a solid punch from its diminutive engine dimensions. A non-turbo entry model starts at $24,950 and comes with a 2.4-liter, 190-horse four-cylinder while an AWD Sport Turbo starts at $32,400.
Built in West Point, Georgia, Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger SUV classified as "standard size" by the EPA. Santa Fe competes in an overly crowded SUV class with some of the biggest names in manufacturing. Along with its larger class brother Santa Fe Limited V6, which is built in Korea on rides on a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase, Santa Fe in either dress offers a solid choice. Be it the smaller Sport or longer wheelbase Limited, passengers will enjoy ample cabin room and enough cargo space to accommodate any family outing or business trip need.

Most notable are recent 2014 Consumer Reports (CR) magazine testing and owner reliability input, which finds Santa Fe Limited receiving the coveted "Best Overall" recommendation while Santa Fe Sport receives a CR "regular recommendation" in midsize and larger SUV classes.

Additionally, only six midsize SUVs received a CR recommendation, with one of them sibling Kia Sorento EX. If you do the math, corporate Hyundai/Kia represents 50-percent of the recommended SUVs, the others being Nissan Murano, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot. Thus, Hyundai continues its perch atop the SUV midsize league thanks to ongoing emphasis on safety, structural integrity and mechanical competence. Add that 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty to the mix, and the benefit of Hyundai Santa Fe ownership comes into focus.
As for our tester Santa Fe Sport, it's a fun SUV that's easy to operate. The standard features are many, and come with items that are options on competing models. Under the hood, Santa Fe Sport features the aforementioned 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, developing a stout 264-horsepower and 269 lb. ft. of torque. Numbers like this parallel V6 style engines, as the 3.3-liter V6 in the Limited we recently tested offers up 290-horsepower yet delivers less torque at 252 lb. ft. The result is a much quicker accelerating Sport, along with generating better fuel mileage at 19 city and 27 highway versus 18/25 for the V6, AWD equipped Limited. (The V6 Santa Fe numbers, notably, are very good).

Both the Limited and Sport rely on Hyundai's Shiftronic six-speed automatic with an active Eco button that calibrates transmission shift points and throttle response for enhanced fuel mileage. I've never been convinced any of the "ECO" systems really work that well, and feel the additional MPG one experiences is minimal at best.
On the highway, Santa Fe Sport delivers a comfortable ride and impressive handling for a midsize SUV. However, the adjective "impressive" for SUV handling is not to be confused with "impressive" when describing sports car handling. If you push any SUV into a sharp turn, Sport included, you'll quickly learn that a higher center of gravity impacts the vehicle's cornering abilities. So, don't go overboard or fall into a lull because of Sport and Limited's excellent comfort and secure drive characteristics. As for straight line performance, Sport is outstanding, going zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and running the quarter mile in 14.8 seconds.

All Santa Fe Sports come with 18-inch tires on nice alloy wheels, but our tester came with a $1,750 Navigation Package that adds 19-inch Continental tires on fancier alloys, eight-inch touchscreen navigation, 12-speaker Infinity Logic 550-watt surround sound and carpeted floor mats.

On the safety side, Santa Fe's "5-Star rated" list of standard items include every air bag imaginable, traction and hill start controls, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, blind spot detection, rear backup safety camera, downhill brake assist and more. The suspension is a MacPherson strut front and a multi-link rear design.

Important numbers include a wheelbase of 106.3-inches, from 35.4 to 71.5 cubic feet of cargo space, 35.8 ft. turning diameter, 3,569 lb. curb weight and a 17.4 gallon fuel tank.

Santa Fe is a winner at Hyundai showrooms, where both Limited and Sport models await. Since all receive Test Drive "Best Buys," now is the best time to visit your dealer and check the Hyundai year-end incentives. You'll literally save thousands off the retail price.

Likes: Power, interior, fuel mileage, safety, owner satisfaction.
Dislikes: B-pillar blind spot, not sure Eco really adds much MPG.
(Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist)




The Extra Mile: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Turbo

Published: August 17, 2014
By: Greg Zyla
Entry Price: $24,950
Price As tested: $33,385
This week, we're driving the front-drive 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, with a "2.0T" designation on its window sicker. The "2.0T" stands for 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, meaning this Sport packs a solid punch from its diminutive engine dimensions. A non-turbo entry model starts at $24,950 and comes with a 2.4-liter, 190-horse four-cylinder while an AWD Sport Turbo starts at $32,400.
Built in West Point, Georgia, Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger SUV classified as "standard size" by the EPA. Santa Fe competes in an overly crowded SUV class with some of the biggest names in manufacturing. Along with its larger class brother Santa Fe Limited V6, which is built in Korea on rides on a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase, Santa Fe in either dress offers a solid choice. Be it the smaller Sport or longer wheelbase Limited, passengers will enjoy ample cabin room and enough cargo space to accommodate any family outing or business trip need.

Most notable are recent 2014 Consumer Reports (CR) magazine testing and owner reliability input, which finds Santa Fe Limited receiving the coveted "Best Overall" recommendation while Santa Fe Sport receives a CR "regular recommendation" in midsize and larger SUV classes.

Additionally, only six midsize SUVs received a CR recommendation, with one of them sibling Kia Sorento EX. If you do the math, corporate Hyundai/Kia represents 50-percent of the recommended SUVs, the others being Nissan Murano, Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot. Thus, Hyundai continues its perch atop the SUV midsize league thanks to ongoing emphasis on safety, structural integrity and mechanical competence. Add that 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty to the mix, and the benefit of Hyundai Santa Fe ownership comes into focus.
As for our tester Santa Fe Sport, it's a fun SUV that's easy to operate. The standard features are many, and come with items that are options on competing models. Under the hood, Santa Fe Sport features the aforementioned 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, developing a stout 264-horsepower and 269 lb. ft. of torque. Numbers like this parallel V6 style engines, as the 3.3-liter V6 in the Limited we recently tested offers up 290-horsepower yet delivers less torque at 252 lb. ft. The result is a much quicker accelerating Sport, along with generating better fuel mileage at 19 city and 27 highway versus 18/25 for the V6, AWD equipped Limited. (The V6 Santa Fe numbers, notably, are very good).

Both the Limited and Sport rely on Hyundai's Shiftronic six-speed automatic with an active Eco button that calibrates transmission shift points and throttle response for enhanced fuel mileage. I've never been convinced any of the "ECO" systems really work that well, and feel the additional MPG one experiences is minimal at best.
On the highway, Santa Fe Sport delivers a comfortable ride and impressive handling for a midsize SUV. However, the adjective "impressive" for SUV handling is not to be confused with "impressive" when describing sports car handling. If you push any SUV into a sharp turn, Sport included, you'll quickly learn that a higher center of gravity impacts the vehicle's cornering abilities. So, don't go overboard or fall into a lull because of Sport and Limited's excellent comfort and secure drive characteristics. As for straight line performance, Sport is outstanding, going zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and running the quarter mile in 14.8 seconds.

All Santa Fe Sports come with 18-inch tires on nice alloy wheels, but our tester came with a $1,750 Navigation Package that adds 19-inch Continental tires on fancier alloys, eight-inch touchscreen navigation, 12-speaker Infinity Logic 550-watt surround sound and carpeted floor mats.

On the safety side, Santa Fe's "5-Star rated" list of standard items include every air bag imaginable, traction and hill start controls, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, blind spot detection, rear backup safety camera, downhill brake assist and more. The suspension is a MacPherson strut front and a multi-link rear design.

Important numbers include a wheelbase of 106.3-inches, from 35.4 to 71.5 cubic feet of cargo space, 35.8 ft. turning diameter, 3,569 lb. curb weight and a 17.4 gallon fuel tank.

Santa Fe is a winner at Hyundai showrooms, where both Limited and Sport models await. Since all receive Test Drive "Best Buys," now is the best time to visit your dealer and check the Hyundai year-end incentives. You'll literally save thousands off the retail price.

Likes: Power, interior, fuel mileage, safety, owner satisfaction.
Dislikes: B-pillar blind spot, not sure Eco really adds much MPG.
(Greg Zyla is a syndicated auto columnist)



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hyundai Sonata recall: What You Should Know


Our service manager, Kevin Schechterle explains the recent Hyundai Sonata Recall.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Hyundai Elite i20 vs rivals: Specifications comparison


New Hyundai Elite i20 vs rivals: Specifications comparison 

Here's what the new Hyundai Elite i20 looks like against the Fiat Punto Evo, VW Polo facelift, Maruti Swift and the Nissan Micra, on paper.

Aug 11, 2014

Hyundai has launched its next-generation i20 model, called the Elite i20. The new Hyundai Elite i20 gets a longer wheelbase than the model it replaces and sports the carmaker's Fluidic Sculpture 2 theme. The new car gets the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines as in the outgoing one.

The new Hyundai Elite i20 enters the hotly contested premium hatchback segment which has seen a couple of recent additions like the Fiat Punto Evo and the VW Polo facelift. There's also the popular Maruti Swift and the Nissan Micra to contend with. Here's what this new car looks like against its rivals on paper.

Under the hood

The new Hyundai Elite i20 carries over the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines from the previous model but the 1.4-litre petrol engine has been discontinued. The petrol trims get powered by the 1197cc, four-cylinder engine which is good for 82bhp and 11.7kgm while the 1396cc, four-cylinder diesel produces 89bhp and 22.4kgm.

Just like the new Hyundai Elite i20, the Maruti Swift and the Nissan Micra too are available with only one petrol and diesel engine each.

The Maruti Swift is available with a 1197cc, four-cylinder petrol motor and a 1248cc, four-cylinder diesel engine. The petrol motor generates 86bhp and 11.62kgm while the diesel produces 74bhp and 19.37kgm.

In comparison, the Nissan Micra gets a 1198cc, three-cylinder petrol engine which makes 75bhp and 10.60kgm. There’s also a 1461cc, four-cylinder diesel motor that develops 63.12bhp and 16.31kgm.

Only the Fiat Punto Evo and the Volkswagen Polo facelift offer buyers the option of two petrol engines and a diesel engine in two states of tune.

However, the Elite i20 petrol competes directly against the Punto Evo 1.2 and the Polo 1.2-litre naturally aspirated variants. Similarly, the Elite i20 diesel squares off against the regular trims of the Punto Evo (Active, Dynamic and Emotion) and the Polo (Trendline, Comfortline and Highline).

Now, the Fiat Punto Evo petrol is available with an 1172cc, four-cylinder motor that makes 67.06bhp and 9.78kgm. The Punto Evo diesel variants are powered by a 1248cc, four-cylinder engine that generates 74.96bhp and 20.08kgm.

On the Volkswagen Polo, the regular petrol trims get a 1198cc, three-cylinder engine and for the diesels, an all-new 1498cc, four-cylinder engine. The petrol engine makes 73.97bhp and 11.21kgm while the diesel engine produces 89bhp and 23.45kgm.

Space on offer

The new Hyundai Elite i20 gets a 2570mm wheelbase which is a good 45mm more than the model it replaces. Also, the space between the Elite i20’s wheels is a substantial 60mm more than the 2510mm wheelbase of the Fuat Punto Evo. In comparison, the Volkswagen Polo gets a 2469mm wheelbase which is 101mm less than the Hyundai Elite i20. The Nissan Micra is placed next with a wheelbase of 2450mm (120mm less) while the Maruti Swift occupies last place with a wheelbase of 2430mm (140mm less).

The Hyundai Elite i20 measures 3985mm in length, 1734mm in width and 1505mm in height.

It is 14mm longer than the Polo facelift, 135mm longer than the Maruti Swift and 160mm longer than the Nissan Micra. But the Elite i20 is only 4mm shorter than the Fiat Punto Evo.

With a width of 1734mm, the Elite i20 is 52mm wider than the Polo, 39mm wider than the Swift, 47mm wider than the Punto Evo and 69mm than the Nissan Micra.

With respect to height, it is 36mm taller than the Polo. However, it is shorter than the Swift and the Micra by 25mm and 20mm shorter than the Fiat Punto Evo.

How does it stack up?

The Hyundai Elite i20 and the Maruti Swift both get similar sized 1197cc, four-cylinder petrol motors. But the i20’s motor makes 82bhp and 11.7kgm while the Swift makes 86bhp and 11.62kgm. In comparison, the Fiat Punto’s slightly smaller 1172cc, four-cylinder engine manages to produce only 67.06bhp and 9.78kgm.

Both the Nissan Micra and the Volkswagen Polo which get a similar capacity 1198cc, three-cylinder engines that generate more power than the Punto’s petrol motor. The Micra’s petrol engine makes 75bhp and 10.60kgm while the Polo petrol produces 74bhp and 11.21kgm. On paper, the petrol i20 engine makes more power and torque than the Punto Evo, Nissan Micra and the Volkwagen Polo.

The Hyundai Elite i20 diesel retains the same 1396cc oil burner from the previous model that is good for 89bhp and 22.4kgm. In comparison, the Nissan Micra gets a bigger 1461cc engine but it makes only 63.12bhp and 16.31kgm. The Swift and the Punto Evo both get powered by Fiat’s 1248cc Multijet engine but in different states of tune. The Swift diesel makes 74bhp and 19.37kgm while the Punto Evo diesel generates 75bhp and 20.08kgm.

Only the Volkswagen Polo facelift which gets an all-new 1498cc diesel engine makes 89bhp and 23.45kgm. So, the i20 diesel and the Polo diesel appear evenly matched.

So, this is how the new Hyundai Elite i20 compares against its current rivals on paper.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hyundai goes global with store design

U.S. dealers spared for now

By: Ryan Beene
Automotive News


Hyundai Motor Co. is rolling out a global dealership design initiative aimed at creating a unified look at its stores worldwide before the end of the decade.

The plan comes just four years after Hyundai revamped its design standards for U.S. dealerships under a dramatically different vision, prompting about 470 of the automaker's roughly 820 U.S. dealers to invest millions of dollars to renovate their stores or build new buildings. Hyundai says it won't force its U.S. dealers to adopt the new global program.

The new effort, called the Global Dealership Space Identity, was developed primarily for emerging markets and countries where Hyundai has lacked a facility design program, according to company officials. The global design features an open, airy showroom with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass topped by a bronze-colored roof structure.

By contrast, the program that U.S. dealers adopted features a silver exterior wrapping with blue accents, namely the large rooftop cube structure bearing the Hyundai logo.

Because many Hyundai dealerships have been updated, deploying the program in the United States appears to be less of a priority than in other markets, and Hyundai is taking a hands-off approach with its U.S. dealers, at least for now.

Hyundai officials in California and South Korea say the new dealership design eventually will appear stateside, starting with a small number of pilot dealerships yet to be identified, but there's no timetable for a broader U.S. rollout.

Adam Kraushaar, president of Lester Glenn Hyundai in Toms River, N.J., and a member of Hyundai's national dealer council, said dealers and executives discussed the program during the most recent council meeting last month.

"It was conveyed to us that whether you call it a one-off or a pilot, some new buildings may adopt that image, but there will not be a capital expenditure requirement or even a request coming down the line," Kraushaar said.

The program was applied first to Hyundai's new sales channel in Mexico, starting in May. Dealerships in Sao Paolo; Rio de Janeiro; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Paris; and Hamburg, Germany, also have adopted the program, according to a Hyundai Motor Co. spokeswoman. Hyundai Canada, which hasn't had a recent dealership design program, also is applying the global design to its network.
You can reach Ryan Beene at rbeene@crain.com. -- Follow Ryan on Twitter

Monday, August 11, 2014

2015 Hyundai Genesis: It Knows Its Main Job



A primary duty of any luxury car is to make its driver look good. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis gets it. Heck, this guy even waves a greeting when you approach.

Actually, that wave is the power-folding outside mirrors, tucked against the doors when the car is at rest, automatically swinging out as the key-holder approaches. (Of course, that didn't stop me from telling my 3- and 4-year-old granddaughters that the car likes me so much it waves every time it sees me. Alas, they looked dubious.)

But Genesis offers a whole lot more than sycophantic greetings. Available in V-6 and V-8 trim, we drove a top-of-the-line Ultimate Package V-8 and wanted for nothing but a chauffeur.

Actually, we didn't want a chauffeur either. Genesis is a joy to drive.

No surprise, I guess, since late in the car's development, Genesis engineers got help from dynamics specialists at Lotus to fine-tune this all-new luxury sedan. The Brit sports-car experts calculated damper and spring rates, picked anti-roll bars and offered sage advice on engine and transmission mounts and power steering calibration.

 

The result is a generation-two Genesis that provides gratifyingly communicative handling without ever forgetting it's a luxury car. Its demeanor inspires confidence while its ride and interior noise levels are on par with Lexus.

Genesis engines, with some fine tuning, are carried over: 311-hp V-6 or 420-hp V-8. Both are managed by an eight-speed automatic, also retained from gen-one but tweaked for duty here.

In the case of our V-8, power was delivered with smooth authority while the transmission's ratio trades were seamless. Riding a notably stiffer chassis that's happily married to a comfortably compliant suspension, Genesis feels every bit the luxury car it is.

In 250 miles of mostly, but not exclusively, highway driving, our V-8 returned 22 mpg.

Cabin room is fabulous, while amenities in our top-of-the-line model were enough to make a Silicon Valley millionaire blush. The short list includes power everything (including rear sunshade), intuitive and easy-to-use infotainment controls (including knobs for the radio, thank you), genuine wood and aluminum trim, creamy leather, navigation, Smart Cruise (capable of bringing the car to a complete stop) and every safety nanny imaginable, including front and rear park assist, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Alert.

Genesis is a no-excuses luxury car but, topping out absolutely loaded under 56 grand, priced like a bargain.

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Dan Wiese is a freelance automotive writer living in St. Louis. He also is a regular automotive contributor to Fox 2 KTVI-TV St. Louis. You can email him at drivingwithdan@gmail.com