Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to Save on Gas

Being frugal at the gas pump is something that many people give little thought to. Interestingly, it is one of the most powerful places to have an effect on your budget. Saving money at the gas pump can have a huge impact. Even more importantly, the changes that can save you money are easy and take little to no time at all to implement.

Here are several things you can do right now to save cold, hard cash at the pump:

1. Fill Up Middle of the Week

It is a well known fact that gas prices are at their highest on the weekends. This is common sense really…when do most people have time to go get gas? When do families head out for trips and gas up the family car? Rather than paying top dollar on the weekend for convenience, stop on a Wednesday instead and enjoy the savings.

2. Never Ride on Empty

Many people think this is an old wive’s tale but it is based in fact. Running a car on less gas than is optimal means the car has to work harder. This means that the car is not efficiently using the gasoline and pulling more than is needed to operate the car. (There is also that added inconvenience of potentially running out of gas) Rather than doing this to your car, fill up when you hit the half empty line. This will keep your car running optimally and your gas prices down.

3. Stick to Regular Fuel Unless You Own a High Performance Sports Car

Buying a high grade of gasoline is going to do very little for your family sedan. The old station wagon is not going to perform better or last longer by using high grade premium gasoline. What you will accomplish is paying way too much for your gas each week. This costs people a ton of money every single week and the truth is…it is money down the drain.

4. Do Trip Combos

This means sitting down and planning out your day beforehand. Each evening, sit down and figure out where you need to go and what you need the car for. Consider where everything is and how you can combine trips. Nothing stinks worse than to pass right by someplace and then get home and realize you needed to stop there. Plan ahead and work out trip combos to use less gas and save money.

5. Use an Online Gas Finder

These little websites are awesome! Simply put in your address and it will spit out the lowest prices and where they are located. There are also phone apps that can do the same thing if you are on the go. Find one you trust and that consistently gives you the right information and stick with it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Handy Tips to De-Ice Your Car and Windshield!

Here are some great things to do if you find snowy, freezing weather heading your way.

1) Cover your windows! Using car mats, carpet remnants, or sheets of plastic to cover your car windows will prevent them from getting any frost, snow, or ice on them in the first place. For the side windows, open the doors and let the plastic drape over the windows before closing the doors again. This takes a bit of planning the night before, but you’ll sure be happy when you wake up in the morning!

2) Another use for vinegar! If you spray or wipe vinegar over your windows after you park your car, it will prevent ice from forming in moderately cold temps. You can also use it to mist over a light frost to help it melt faster.

3) Protect your wipers! One of the most frustrating parts of an icy car is trying to chip away at the ice around your windshield wipers. The car’s defroster rarely reaches the wipers too, so warming your car up in advance of needing it doesn’t help either. Not a problem! Simply place an old pair of socks over your wipers after you park, and you’ll be good to go no matter what the weather brings!

4) Get mad! If your car is really covered in pure ice, give the hood of your car a good smack with a flat palm to help crack the ice and give yourself a place to start scraping. When removing ice and snow, remember not to use shovels or other sharp objects to remove the ice, as this will easily scratch your paint. Only use scrapers and brushes specifically meant for clearing ice and snow from cars.

5) Water it down! Another thing you can do to try to melt ice or frost is to simply fill a bucket with water and toss it over your windshield. This will either completely melt the ice, or will at least make it easy to scrape or brush off. The trick here is to make sure that the water is just luke warm. If you use boiling water, you risk cracking your windows because of the rapid change in temperature.
6) A smarter way to park your car! If temperatures will just be getting a little bit chilly, chances are the sun’s rays in the morning may be able to do all the work for you. If you can park your car facing East (where the sun rises), then the frost on your windshield may just be melted for you before you even need to think about scraping!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hyundai Tucson FCV Nabs Wards 2015 ’10 Best Engines’ Recognition

It’s not the first time a car with no internal combustion “engine” won Wards Auto’s prestigious 10 Best Engine award, but Hyundai’s Tucson fuel cell vehicle is the first hydrogen powered car to win in 21 years of the award.

The Nissan Leaf won it in 2010, and this year BMW’s i3 also garnered the recognition – by virtue in no small part of its range extending engine, said Wards.

But Wards said after weighing the choice, the Hyundai limited-availability FCV was recognized.

Serious consideration was given to the meager infrastructure for hydrogen refueling and the vehicle’s availability in California only. But Hyundai engineers have done a stunning job packaging a fuel-cell stack under the hood to convert hydrogen into electricity to turn the wheels with ease.

The 5-passenger Tucson FCV is powerful, quiet and, in a good way, completely ordinary.

Pop the hood, and the fuel-cell stack even looks like a combustion engine. It’s as if this CUV was delivered from another galaxy by ingenious extraterrestrials who know how to make an Earthling feel right at home behind the wheel.

As emissions and fuel-economy regulations ramp up, every automaker likely will develop fuel-cell vehicles. Hyundai is ahead of the curve.

The fuel cell vehicle also benefits in that it’s a crossover SUV. Hyundai has been extremely bullish about the relative advantages of fuel cell cars, and has followed Honda’s FCX Clarity to market.

Hyundai does not break out monthly sales from its internal combustion Tucson.

The vehicle’s $499 lease price plus taxes and fees with $2,999 down includes the hydrogen and maintenance. Range is an estimated 265 miles.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Air Products to Fuel Hyundai's First Hydrogen-Powered Car

Industrial gas giant Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (APD - Analyst Report) has declared the sale of a hydrogen fueling station to Hyundai Motor Company Australia (“HMCA”) for fueling the latter’s first hydrogen-powered car.

Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicle (“FCEV”), Hyundai ix35, will be imported to Australia for demonstrating the advantages of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle technology in the country. Air Products’ hydrogen fueling station, which is presently under commissioning, will be situated at Hyundai’s New South Wales offices just outside of Sydney.

Air Products is working with Hyundai and other vehicle manufacturers to expand its footprint in the hydrogen fueling market around the world. It also wants to emphasize the benefits of hydrogen as a better and clean fuel due to its zero-emission technology.

Air Products’ SmartFuel hydrogen fueling stations, which have proven to be quite compact and economical, are functioning in over 21 countries as standard product units. Moreover Air Products is also working with an Australian-owned industrial, medical and specialty gas company, Coregas Ltd. Pty. as a local supplier of hydrogen.

Air Products is a leading supplier of hydrogen in the world with over 50 years of experience in hydrogen and its related technologies. Hydrogen is abundant, non-toxic and efficient, and does not produce any emission which is why it is used as an energy supplier. Hence, Air Products’ fueling technology is gaining popularity with over 1,000,000 hydrogen fills per year. The company is also working in over 180 hydrogen fueling projects worldwide.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Four Hyundai World Debuts This Week

Hyundai has announced plans to stage the world premieres of four new models via a live webcast this week.

No details of the models have been provided, but a live stream from Hyundai's 2014 Product Momentum show will commence at 09:20 GMT (7:00pm AEST) this Wednesday (December 10) at

The Korean car-maker said all four new models will be launched in Europe next year, as part of its commitment to release 22 new models and derivatives in Europe by 2017.

"Hyundai Motor will live broadcast the world premiere of four new models from its Product Momentum show, bringing consumers, fans and followers closer to the latest news from the brand," it said.

"Audiences across the globe can witness the official unveiling of four new models, set to hit Europe's roads during 2015. The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will also join the event to share latest news, review their inaugural season in the World Rally Championship and look ahead to the excitement of the 2015 season.

"This latest Hyundai Motor live stream aims to build on the success of previous shows, such as the 2014 Paris Motor Show webcast, viewed online by more than 50,000 people." believes the four models will be the facelifted i30, facelifted Veloster, facelifted i40 and all-new ix35 (pictured), all of which are expected on sale in Australia next year.

In fact we expect the revised i30 and Veloster to be released here not long after Hyundai's next new model release Down Under – the new Sonata in early February – with the upgraded i40 range and all-new ix35 to follow around mid-year.

Combined with a new-generation Elantra, which we understand will make its world debut at the Detroit motor show in January, Hyundai could launch up to six new models next year in Australia, where it is already the second best selling brand so far in 2014.

And that's assuming 2015 doesn't see Hyundai decide to import the latest i10 micro-car, establish a business case to ship the new-generation i20 from Europe, or stage a surprise reveal and release of a second-generation Genesis Coupe.

Given the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will also be on hand at this week's event, the company could also unveil its 2015 WRC challenger, based on the new i20.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hyundai, Kia Top U.S. Midsize Car Market in November

Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors Corp. took the lead in the U.S. midsize auto market in November on the back of their improved product quality and revamped line-ups, industry data showed Sunday.

According to the data, South Korea's two largest automakers sold a combined 31,222 midsize sedans in the U.S. last month, relegating Toyota Motor Corp. to the second spot for the first time since October last year.

The November figure also marks a 13.9-percent rise from the previous month's tally, according to the data.

Last month, sales of midsize sedans in the U.S. shrank 1.4 percent on-month.

A total of 18,515 Hyundai's Sonata sedans were sold in the U.S.

last month, up 19 percent from the previous month, and Kia sold a total of 12,707 Optima sedans, also up 7.3 percent over the cited period, the data showed.

Toyota sold some 28,846 mid-sized sedans in the world's second-largest auto market last month, down from the previous month's 33,164 units.

Hyundai's Sonata and Kia's Optima are in fierce competition in the U.S. against Toyota's Camry, Nissan Motor Co.'s Altima, Honda Motor Co.'s Accord and other models.

The data showed Toyota has kept its top spot in the U.S. midsized sedan auto market this year with cumulative sales of some 397,000 units through November, followed by Honda with 357,000 units and Hyundai-Kia with 346,000 units. (Yonhap)