Hyundai to release hydrogen cars in southern California next spring

Hyundai, once again is innovating the automotive industry. Hyundai, has expressed plans to release Hydrogen powered vehicles as early as next spring. Whether or not they will make it to Glenbrook Hyundai, the Happy Car Store, is still undetermined at this point.  The cars possibly will get a 300 mile range and a 10 minute charge time. This is innovation at its finest, which is what we’ve grown to expect from Hyundai. To see our other innovations, you can contact us, or come to our showroom in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We are always friendly here at the Happy Car Store!

 

 

Despite being the most common atom in the universe and the major power source of stars, humans have found it difficult to use hydrogen for its energy needs. Even though using pure hydrogen in internal-combustion engines in cars is generally cleaner and more technically efficient than gasoline-powered engines, the initial cost of the technology and getting the pure hydrogen in the first place remain significant obstacles.

Hyundai seems to be making a stab at making the technology viable. The car company has announced that in spring 2014, they would make an SUV available in Southern California for lease at $499 per month for 36 months with $2,999 down.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, so we’re thrilled to be a leader in offering the mass-produced, federally certified Tucson Fuel Cell to retail customers,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, in a press release.

The price includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance to assuage concerns of the cost of hydrogen refueling.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles have not made as much of a high profile splash on the market as electric and hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles. While electric and hybrid vehicles are very efficient in urban environments, larger versions vehicles intended for families have been more difficult of a sell due to their high cost and slow recharge times.

Hyundai says that their new hydrogen-powered car will be more efficient than gasoline cars and cheaper and quicker than electric cars. Their website claims that the new car will have a driving range of up to 300 miles and can fully refuel in under 10 minutes. The SUV will emit only water vapor, rather than the heavy carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions of gasoline-powered cars.

The hydrogen fuel cell works by pulling hydrogen fuel (H2) into the anode while oxygen from the air is pulled into the cathode. A catalyst splits the electrons from the hydrogen atoms, and an electrolyte conducts the positively charged hydrogen ions across the fuel cell while blocking the electrons.

The remaining electrons create an external circuit to power the car. A second catalyst recombines the hydrogen ions and electrons with oxygen from the air to make water vapor and heat.

Several of the fuel cells are stacked together to meet the voltage needs of the car.

The largest problem in what is called the “hydrogen economy,” including these hydrogen-powered vehicles, is how to get the pure hydrogen in the first place. Though most atoms on Earth are hydrogen atoms, they are most commonly bound to oxygen as water. Pure hydrogen, or H2, is so light that it stays high in the atmosphere along with all of the other molecules that make up our air.

Today, the great majority of hydrogen is produced from fossil fuel sources and produces carbon dioxide. Another option is hydrolysis, which is to split water into two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom, but this requires energy input from another source like fossil fuel or renewable energy.

A press release from Hyundai said that their fuel cell prototypes have used hydrogen generated from the Orange County Sanitation District where methane from sewage is turned into hydrogen.

Hydrogen power can stay clean and reduce the world’s carbon emissions as long as we stick to using energy from wind and solar to make the hydrogen fuel, Hyundai maintains.

California currently has nine hydrogen refueling stations and recently committed to building 100 more. The first four Hyundai dealers that will offer the Tucson Fuel Cell will be Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, Win Hyundai in Carson, Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys and Tustin Hyundai; the company expects more dealerships to offer the car as well.

Amy Stewart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.

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The Hyundai Sonata Named “Most Dependable Midsize Car”

Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, The Happy Car Store, In Fort Wayne, Indiana, our very own Sonata lineup has been named J.D. Power and Associates “Most Dependable Midsize Car!” If your in the market for a new car, dependability is key! So, come out to Glenbrook Hyundai, or please feel free to contact us. Here’s more on another accomplishment we have possessed at Hyundai!!

 

According to J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability, 2010 Sonata owners had fewer problems over the last 12 months than any other three year old midsize car. This study included more than 37,000 owners!

The Hyundai Sonata also has large car space for midsize money. According to the EPA the Sonata has more total interior volume than the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and the Ford Fusion. The Hyundai Sonata’s interior space is actually a class larger than any other midsize vehicle. This is the benefit of a large car interior in a midsize sedan!

The Sonata is available in GLS, SE, SE 2.0T, Limited and Limited 2.0T. The Hyundai Sonata offers 5 spacious seats and 198 horse-power. The Sonata gets an average of 35 miles per gallon.

The Sonata Hybrid gets an average of 40 miles per gallon and has 199 horse power. Hyundai’s commitment to innovation allowed them to develop a better hybrid which features a battery that is 25% lighter, smaller and more efficient.

 

Available Features
Blue Link technology is available in the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, this technology is designed to make everyday life easier. Connect to Blue Link through a smartphone, web application or an in-car system to locate a gas station, find a shortcut, or learn about mechanical issues.

Also available for the Hyundai Sonata is a navigation system. The navigation system makes it easier to get from point A to point B. Use voice-recognition or the interactive touchscreen to get directions without being distracted or losing control of the vehicle. The NavTraffic and SiriusXM Data Services allows a search for nearby businesses like gas stations, restaurants and ATM’s.

The available 400-watt Infinity audio system with 9 speakers and AM/FM/CD/MP3 also comes with HD Radio technology and SiriusXM satellite radio for the best commercial free radio! With your purchase of a Hyundai Sonata you receive a complimentary three month subscription on Hyundai!! There are also built in IPod/USB and auxiliary jacks which let you access your IPod or IPhone through the audio controls. You can also charge your device while it plays.

The proximity key available for the Sonata gives the ultimate convenience. Without having to search for keys the Hyundai Sonata can be unlocked by the touch of a button on the outside of the vehicle.

Displayed in the center of the dash touchscreen is an available rearview camera with guidelines that help direct the driver into tight sports and take the guesswork of backing up out of the equation.

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First Drive: 2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T 274 Horses For Those Who Think A Sonata Is Too Sensible

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0t is an exhilarating vehicle.  The casual yet sporty sedan has 274 HP.! Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, we have our very own selection of turboed Sonata’s. We are located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, so please feel free to contact us or, feel free to stop in at our showroom today! 

 

 

The 2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T is a rolling rationalization for image-conscious consumers reluctantly shopping for a midsize sedan. For those who say they can’t be seen in a sensible, midsize four-door, Hyundai counters with the Sonata 2.0T’s attractive 18-inch wheels, dual-panel sunroof, HID headlights, and 274 hp. With so many competitive entries in the segment, Hyundai made a few minor changes to the Sonata lineup for 2014 to remain in the game. We spent some time in a loaded Sonata 2.0T to determine whether a higher-performance $32,755 Sonata makes any sense. The Sonata 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that’s supposed to provide the power of a V-6 but with better fuel economy. With 274 hp at 6000 rpm and 269 lb-ft from 1650-4500 rpm, the Sonata 2.0T’s engine is, not surprisingly, central to the driving experience. It’s not tough to make the tires spin by giving the car too much gas, and while that certainly doesn’t make the car faster, it makes the driving experience a bit more exciting. There’s enough power to clearly demonstrate to passengers that this is no ordinary midsize sedan, so in that sense, the upgrade does its job. But the Sonata 2.0T has never been at the front of the pack in 0-60 mph acceleration. We’ve tested 2011 models at 6.5 and 7.0 seconds, behind the sub-6.0-second six-cylinder Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry that the Sonata trailed in a three-car comparison. 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Front Three Quarters

  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Drivers Side Front View
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Rear Drivers Side
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Rear Three Quarters View

So the Sonata 2.0T will lose in a midsize sedan drag race against six-cylinder competitors, but the fuel economy is decent, and unlike the Passat, it takes regular gas. The EPA adjusted the car’s mileage for 2014, reporting a more realistic 21/32 mpg city/highway instead of the similar 2013 model’s 22/34 mpg. In our Real MPG testing, however, the Sonata 2.0T test car achieved 22/34 mpg. As Kim Reynolds has explained, Real MPG testing happens “in the real world with actual aerodynamics, true rolling resistance, and real traffic-acceleration rates,” not on a dyno with a more easily manipulated EPA test procedure. The 2014 Sonata 2.0T’s suspension communicates enough road imperfections to keep the driver from feeling overly isolated, but not enough to cause regret at not opting for a car with a cushier suspension. As with many new Hyundais and Kias, the 2014 model-year Sonata gets a three-mode adjustable steering system. From Comfort to Sport mode, there’s a definite change in the weight of the steering. We preferred the heavier feel of the Sport mode, but with a couple clicks of a steering wheel button, another driver can make the car easier to steer. While it’s cool that the feature is standard even on the base-model Sonata, we would have liked a quicker steering rack for the 2.0T. 2014 Hyundai Sonata Full Dash

  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Front Three Quarters View
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Rear Three Quarters View
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Front View

No one will confuse the Sonata 2.0T for a sports sedan, but the Hyundai still has plenty to offer. Inside you’ll find lots of storage, from the two-bin storage compartment between the front seats to the large open area at the bottom of the center stack and a closed compartment just above it. Though you can’t view navigation directions on the instrument cluster’s color info screen, the layout is pleasant and we’re fans of the design, which features two blue rings on the tachometer and speedometer. The temperature and gas gauges appear pushed forward, giving the instrument cluster more dimension, and we’re fans of the gas gauge’s fuel-level bar that gets thinner as the tank goes from full to empty. Rear-seat headroom is lacking, but as long as your passengers aren’t as tall as this 6-foot, 4-inch writer, space shouldn’t be much of a problem. Now a Hyundai/Kia staple, the heated rear seats are still cool. The driver’s seat on the Limited trim is now cooled and heated, while the front passenger seat has a three-stage heating function. The dual-panel sunroof is another fun gee-whiz feature, and it really changes the look of the car on the outside. Some people never warmed to the Sonata’s huge headlights and the chrome trim that stretches beyond the edge of the front windows, but pair our test car’s extra-cost white paint with a contrasting black roof and you’ve got a car that makes an impression. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T isn’t the most rewarding car to drive in its class, nor is it the quickest. Considering all you get for the as-tested $32,755 price (navigation on an 8-inch screen, HIDs, dual-panel sunroof, hands-free keyless entry, cool LED taillights, heated/cooled driver seat, leather seats, and more), the car could attract those who want lots of features but can’t understand the appeal of a base-model CLA. If the Kia Optima with the same engine and features just isn’t your style, the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T could be a good fit when a sporty design is at least as important as a genuinely sporty driving experience.

  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Rear View
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Rear Wheel
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata 20T Taillight

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1312_2014_hyundai_sonata_20t_first_drive/#ixzz2nvpCpxZq

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Hyundai ranks 2nd on Germany’s Autobild quality satisfaction report

Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, your Happy Car Store!, we are very proud of yet another accomplishment.  Our very own line-up of Hyundai’s has ranked second in a recent “Quality Satisfaction Report”, done by a German Company, Autobild. The study mainly focused on overall quality, and customer loyalty.  We are proud that our Glenbrook Hyundai customers can trust us here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Please feel free to contact us, or stop in at our nice showroom, on Coldwater road.

 

 

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) — Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest carmaker, said Tuesday it placed second on German motoring magazine Auto Bild’s annual quality satisfaction report.

The magazine’s 2013 report evaluated 20 original equipment manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Toyota and Hyundai’s sister company Kia that sell cars in Germany. It also examined large volume luxury segment heavyweights like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Auto Bild, which has been issuing the quality report since 2001, put Hyundai second after Toyota in terms of overall quality and customer satisfaction. It said Hyundai got particularly high marks in customer loyalty, a key indicator on build quality.

The ranking places Hyundai above Mercedes-Benz and Mazda that jointly ranked third. Kia came in sixth along with BMW, Audi, Honda and Scoda, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group headquartered in the Czech Republic.

Auto Bild compiles the list by examining feedback from car owners, maintenance requirements, warranties, recall information, and detailed tests of the car and its durability.

The carmaker has been giving considerable emphasis on quality control and on building cars that are tailor-made to specific markets.

Many cars sold in Europe are designed by Hyundai engineers at its German research and development center in Russelsheim, and made in factories in the Czech Republic and Turkey.

The latest models such as the upcoming Genesis premium sedan and next generation Sonata have been seen at the Nurburgring motorspeed complex, made famous as the place where many of the world’s best carmakers test their vehicles before unveiling them to the public.

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Hyundai’s Santa Fe, Accent take top honors

Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, Your Happy Car Store, In Fort Wayne, Indiana, we are proud to say our very own Santa Fe and Accent have received ALG’s highest residual value awards in there respective classes.  We aren’t overly surprised however, because here at Glenbrook Hyundai, we all know we are selling high quality cars that will maintain there value.  If your interested please contact us, or feel free to stop by our showroom! Here is more about the achievements.

Hyundai Motor Company’s Santa Fe has been named best midsize utility vehicle in the North American ALG Residual Value Awards.
The Korean company’s Accent again topped the ranking in the subcompact car segment, repeating its 2012 feat, said a statement.

ALG’s annual Residual Value Awards cover the whole of North America and recognise the vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest residual value percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year ownership period.

It is widely recognised as the North American car industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data, and the awards recognise those brands that are committed to improving residuals by delivering superior products to customers.

Tom Lee, vice president and head of Hyundai Africa and Middle East Headquarters, said: “Winning these awards for a second successive year is testament to Hyundai’s commitment to building vehicles of superior quality to its competitors, in line with our ‘Modern Premium’ brand direction.

“The Santa Fe and Accent are both popular models, and accolades such as these from around the world will further boost customer confidence in the quality of Hyundai models in the market.” - TradeArabia News Service

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HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA REPORTS ALL-TIME RECORD NOVEMBER SALES

Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, Your Happy Car Store, we are proud to say Hyundai of America has hit an all-time sales record for the month of November, 2013.  Hyundai’s sold in America, were up 5 percent versus the same period in 2012! We believe this was accomplished by having the friendliest  team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, doing whatever it takes to put you in a Quality Hyundai. You can stop in any time at the Happy Car Store in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Coldwater road,  or please feel free to contact us anytime! Below is an article regarding all the numbers for our 5 percent increase!

COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013 – Hyundai Motor America today announced sales for the month of November of 56,005 units, up five percent versus the same period in 2012, representing the best November in company history.

“With inventories being replenished with new and refreshed 2014 product, November was another record month for us,” said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of national sales. “As consumer confidence appears to be on the mend resulting in record sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the automotive industry as a whole appears to be making strong strides as the year comes to a close.”

The recent recipients of ALG’s award for the highest residual value in their segments, Santa Fe Sport and Accent, both experienced strong sales gains over last November, with Santa Fe up 43 percent and Accent up 42 percent. Elantra and Equus were both up five percent, with Veloster up six percent.

“We continue to see strong demand across our lineup, with consumer interest especially high for the 2014 model year updates we’ve made to Sonata, Santa Fe, and Tucson,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO. “While we finished November still short of 2014 model year inventory, our plants are literally working 24/7 to restock our dealers with these new models, including the refreshed 2014 Elantra and updated 2014 Veloster, which both arrive in showrooms this month.”

Fleet sales represented 18 percent of total sales in November.

Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales for the month were 6,118 a gain of 5.7 percent, year-over-year.

CARLINE NOV/2013 NOV/2012 CY/2013 CY2012
ACCENT 4,641 3,260 53,358 58,071
SONATA 16,595 17,660 189,169 209,779
ELANTRA 16,751 15,923 226,220 183,010
SANTA FE 9,657 6,754 80,595 63,737
AZERA 512 751 10,129 7,584
TUCSON 3,285 3,838 38,192 45,133
VERACRUZ 0 491 175 8,174
VELOSTER 2,216 2,084 27,664 32,886
GENESIS 1,989 2,385 29,050 31,576
EQUUS 359 341 3,226 3,622
TOTAL 56,005 53,487 657,778 643,572

SALES-WEIGHTED FUEL ECONOMY

October Window Label Combined MPG November Window Label Combined MPG 2013 CYTD Window Label Combined MPG
Car 27.6 27.6 28.1
Truck 21.4 21.2 21.9
Hyundai Brand 27.4 27.3 27.9

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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Hyundai beats Toyota to top CarMD reliability survey

Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, the happy car store, our Hyundai’s have passed Toyota in a Recent CarMD reliability survey. This is a very important feat, Hyundai is proud to say they are the most reliable car manufacturer on the current market. We have ranked first out of ten auto manufacturers. If you want a great deal on a car that wont cost you in the long run, stop in today to see our elegant line-up. If your tight on time feel free to contact us, We are conveniently located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, see the article below for more statistics on the Reliability rankings!

 

 

Hyundai has usurped Toyota to claim top spot in CarMD’s third annual Vehicle Health Index survey.

The Index tracked the frequency and cost of repairs for “check engine” problems in 119 million cars in the US, built between 2003 and 2013. It compares the two measures to produce an overall rating, with 0.00 representing a perfect score.

While Toyota has previously ranked first, Hyundai overtook the Japanese giant this year, with 2.44 per cent of its cars recording a problem, at an average repair cost of $312.67. By comparison, 10.34 per cent of Toyota’s cars recorded a problem (an increase of 52 per cent on last year), at an average repair cost of $540.53.

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid - Camry HL

Both sets of results represent a drop in reliability from last year’s report.

Toyota’s average cost of repair was the highest of the top 10 manufacturers, while General Motors, which placed third, had the lowest, at $304.99. GM had the highest recorded frequency of problems of the top 10 manufacturers, however, at 28.75 per cent.

Hyundai Elantra

 

 

was the overall Index leader, the 2012 Toyota Camry was found to be the top individual vehicle, with the least frequent “check engine” problems recorded. The Camry outranked the three Nissan models and four other Toyota’s, as well as Hyundai’s best performing model, the 2010 Elantra, which ranked ninth.

The top 10 manufacturers in the report were: Hyundai, Toyota, General Motors, ChryslerHondaFord,NissanKiaVolkswagen and Mitsubishi. General Motors’ third place was up from eighth last year, while Chrysler rose from 10th.

Observe this video a 2005 Hyundai Sonata with 270k plus miles, our testimate to the reliability of our quality made Hyundai’s!

 

 

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The Redesigned 2014 Hyundai Equus, To soon hit Glenbrook Hyundai

The updated 2014 Hyundai Equus will soon hit your Glenbrook Hyundai dealer at the Happy Car Store, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is a truly amazing luxurious sedan, that excites by boasting 429 Horsepower. Please feel free to contact us, or feel free to stop by for more information.

The Hyundai Equus: it is the Hyundai that isn’t really a Hyundai. After all, it doesn’t wear the Hyundai badge anywhere and it is unlike any other vehicle in the Hyundai lineup. The Equus flaunts an emblem all its own, which is understandable for the most shopped premium luxury sedan on the market, and it just got redesigned for 2014.

The redesigned 2014 Hyundai Equus flaunts several exterior enhancements, the most notable of which is probably the new 19-inch, turbine-blade polished silver wheel design, which sets the tone for the rest of the vehicle. The new front and rear grille design gives the Equus a more elegant stance, and the standard LED fog lamps let you know that this isn’t your grandfather’s luxury sedan.

Everything on the interior of the 2014 Hyundai Equus has been redesigned as well, but you may be hard pressed to notice the new ivory leather environment amidst all the new technology. The 2014 Equus boasts a larger 12.3-inch LCD cluster display, climate control settings with three distinct cabin temperature zones, standard smart cruise control, proximity key, and duel 9.2-inch rear seat entertainment monitors.

We would like to kick back in the reclining rear seats of the redesigned 2014 Hyundai Equus and let someone else drive us around. How about you?

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Hyundai tops Toyota in Fort Wayne for lowest-cost car-repair rankings

Hyundai tops Toyota in lowest-cost car-repair rankings

Glenbrook Hyundai, the Happy Car Store in Fort Wayne, Indiana is please to announce that Hyundai has eclipsed Toyota in another catagory.  We think this article could be useful to anyone looking for a new car in Fort Wayne.  Please feel free to call or stop by our dealership for more information.

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MIKE SEGAR / Reuters, file

A 2013 Toyota Prius plug-in Hybrid at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The model’s higher average repair costs contributed to Toyota being toppled by Hyundai at the top of the lowest cost car repair rankings.

One maker has traditionally ranked at the top of the quality, reliability and dependability charts, the other has spent years struggling to reverse its early image of building low-quality econoboxes.

So, it may come as a shock to see Hyundai toppling Toyota from the top rank in the latest Vehicle Health Index, a survey of repair costs plotted by website CarMD. But after spending two consecutive years in second place, behind the Japanese giant, Hyundai has landed in the top spot – which means the annual cost of maintaining and repairing a Hyundai is now the lowest of any brand.

General Motors, which has been rapidly gaining ground in other recent quality and reliability studies, landed in third place in the Vehicle Health Index followed by what might come as another surprise, Chrysler — ahead of Honda, another Japanese maker traditionally linked to high quality.

Now in its third year, “the Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer & Vehicle Ranking provides car shoppers with insight on what to expect in terms of frequency, type and cost of repairs for the majority of new and used vehicles on the road today,” explains Doug Sobieski, CarMD’s chief marketing officer.

Both GM and Chrysler posted dramatic improvements in this year’s survey. GM jumping from the eighth spot to third, while Chrysler leaped from the 10th spot in the previous surveys to fourth. Ford also moved up to sixth just behind Honda. The second-largest of the domestic makers was the ninth-ranked maker last year.

(Forget Those Old Econoboxes; Hyundai Wants to Sell You Luxury Cars)

Hyundai’s improved ranking was fueled by its low frequency of repairs. While the survey found that products from both Hyundai and Toyota vehicles actually had more trips to the repair shop and higher year-over-year average repair bills than during the previous survey, Hyundai owners felt less of an impact.

Hyundai and Toyota weren’t alone. Half of the top 10 manufacturers – also including Nissan, Kia and Volkswagen — experienced a drop in reliability ratings, with more frequent visits to the repair shop and increased average repair costs. The other five — GM, Chrysler, Honda, Ford and Mitsubishi — saw improved ratings with GM experiencing the largest boost – moving from No. 8 to No. 3 in terms of fewer repairs and lower costs. Coming in at No. 10, Mitsubishi made the top ten for the first time this year.

GM had the lowest average repair cost among the top 10-ranked manufacturers ($304.99). Toyota had the highest overall repair cost ($540.53).

Among vehicles with the highest average repair costs were the various Toyota Prius hybrids, which contributed to Toyota’s overall increase in repair costs. Bright spots for Toyota were the 2012 Toyota Camry and 2010 Toyota 4 Runner, each with average repair costs under $100.

In fact, for the third consecutive year, the top-ranked vehicle – meaning the lowest repair costs — is a Toyota, with the 2012 Camry ranked as the most reliable vehicle for 2013.

(Small Cars, Big Price? Compact Crossovers Defy Conventional Wisdom)

Previously, Toyota also ranked first with the 2009 Corolla and 2010 Corolla earning top spots in the past two CarMD rankings.

Four sedans, four compacts and two SUVs make up 2013’s top 10 list, with Nissan leading the pack with five vehicles, including the 2012 Altima at No.2, the 2011 Rogue at No. 5, the 2012 Rogue at No. 6, 2012 Sentra at No. 7 and 2011 Sentra at No. 9.

Toyota has three cars in the top 10, including the 2012 Camry at the top of the list, 2011 Corolla at No. 3 and 2011 Camry at No. 4.

Hyundai has one vehicle on the list – the 2010 Elantra at No. 8. Rounding out the list is the 2012 Mazda 3 at No. 10. It was the first time Mazda has had a vehicle in the top 10.

The Index also ranks the top three vehicles by category: Compact, Minivan, Sedan, Full-Sized SUV, Wagon/Crossover, Truck and Luxury. The 2012 GMC Sierra, ranked No. 1 in the truck category, unseating Ford from its sweep of the category last year. In the Luxury category, Buick and Lincoln toppled Lexus and Infiniti with the 2011 Buick Lacrosse, and 2010 and 2007 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

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Who needs $79 down and $79 a month when you can get a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra from Glenbrook Hyundai!

Everyone knows that you can not get a new car for $79 down and $79 a month.  The math simply does not add up.  The average new car costs over $20,000 and the average payment is over $400.  How could you posibly get any new car for $79 a mont?  Well, it is simple, you can’t.  When any dealer tells you such a low payment, all they can do is subsidize the payment for a short term.  In other words, in a few months your $79 payment will jump to over $400, depending on the car you are buying.  That doesn’t help many people.

If it is a low payment that you are looking for, Glenbrook Hyundai has your solution.  The Happy Car Store has brand new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS models for only $229 a month with NO MONEY DOWN! What is the catch?  There is no catches at the Happy Car Store.  You can lease a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra for $229 a month with no money down.  This is a 36 month/ 36,000 mile lease with no cash down.  The only thing additional would be taxes.  Glenbrook Hyundai even makes your first payment. 

Don’t forget that Glenbrook Hyundai is the most fuel efficient automaker in America with cars that get up to 40 miles per gallons.  With cars like the Accent, Elantra, Sonata and Veloster getting great gas mileage plus the Tucson and Santa Fe skipping the gas stops, you could be happy with a new Fort Wayne Hyundai!

Stop in today to see our great selection or check us out online at www.HappyCarStore.com.  Glenbrook Hyundai, on Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne, next to Red Lobster.

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