Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is Great Combination of Power and Efficiency

If you’re looking for an elegant sedan—but want an incredible amount of efficiency as well—then look no further than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The new hybrid sedan showed up at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, now offering a plug-in hybrid version. The second generation Sonata Hybrid, therefore, offers more variety and efficiency than ever before.

The Sonata Hybrid runs on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 38 kW electric motor to boot. The plug-in version of the model has a 50 kW electric motor instead, plus a 9.8 kW battery pack. The hybrid can go up to 75 mph on electric power alone, run for 22 miles on without using a drop of gasoline, and of course, keep you out of the gas station for longer.

You’ll be able to recharge the Hybrid Plug-In model in as little as two and a half hours. To learn more about the upgrades to both the Hybrid and Hybrid Plug-In, come see us at Glenbrook Hyundai today. We’re excited to see these great sedans take over the EV market, and we want you to be part of the revolution.

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Hyundai Display Audio Named 2015 CES Editors’ Choice Award Winner

Technology in the car industry has gotten to the point where it’s become rare to get a car without a touchscreen display and audio system. This has made it hard to figure out which carmaker truly has the best tech—until now. At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month in Las Vegas, Hyundai’s Display Audio System was named the 2015 CES Editors’ Choice Award winner showing that the Korean carmaker takes the crown when it comes to staying connected.

“With Display Audio honored among the thousands of game-changing products of CES, it shows Hyundai’s commitment to deliver the best owner experience possible,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning for Hyundai Motor America. “We are very proud that the Display Audio system will help bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to more Hyundai customers.”

The high-resolution, seven-inch color touchscreen display offers consumers enhanced smartphone integrations and terrific apps. Through the latest generation Blue Link system, Hyundai helps iPhone owners connect with Apple CarPlay, while Android users use Android Auto to do the same. This has created an integrated experience for drivers which is unmatched industry-wide.

To see the award-winning Hyundai Display Audio system in action, stop in to Glenbrook Hyundai today!

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Hyundai Smartwatch App Revealed at 2015 CES

Wearable technology is becoming more and more popular and the smarwatch is leading the charge. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Hyundai showed off a new app for its Blue Link system.

The Hyundai smartwatch app will work with cars equipped with either the first or second generation of Blue Link. The app will then allow drivers to remotely start their cars, take a quick peek at service information, and more.

“This new app expands Hyundai’s exploration into how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, customer connect and service business development, Hyundai Motor America, in a statement. “Connecting to your car through a smartwatch and voice recognition was previously something seen only in science fiction movies. Now, we can provide this capability to owners of Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link.”

The app will be easy to use either through the touchscreen or voice commands. Can’t remember if you actually locked your doors when you got to work? Simply open the app on your smartwatch and say, “Lock my car,” and your car doors will lock. You can also use the app to unlock your car and even find your car in a crowded parking lot.

Will you be adding the Hyundai smartwatch app to your new smartwatch?

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Hyundai Exobaby Commercial Becomes a Viral Hit

One of Hyundai’s ad campaigns has started a viral phenomenon: the “Exobaby.” Seen in this ad here, the Hyundai Exobaby video follows a baby equipped with Iron Man-like technology, who’s able to avoid collisions, detect danger, and even “self-park.”

All are technologies you would want to protect your baby, and technologies you would want to protect yourself while driving a car. Each of the Exobaby’s abilities mirror one of the products in Hyundai’s top-notch vehicles.

The Exobaby video has received more than 14 million hits on YouTube alone, making it a certified viral sensation.

While responses have been mixed, from some people thinking the ad is genius to some finding the baby a bit creepy, almost all agree that the ad is clever and easy to identify, by blending the technology concepts with the cute imagery.

Have you seen the Hyundai Exobaby commercial yet? Check out the video and let us at Glenbrook Hyundai know your thoughts in the comments.

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Groundbreaking Hyundai Display Audio System to Debut Next Month

Hyundai is set to premiere its game-changing new Display Audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen model designed to work with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The automaker will show off the system at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in early January.

At a time when everyone and their grandmother seems completely reliant on cell phones, iPads, and various other personal electronics, car-connectivity for all your mobile devices is a hotter commodity than ever.

Google and Apple have both been on top of the trend with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and now with upcoming 2016 Hyundai models, you’ll be able to use all of them in synch—safely and consistently.

Additionally, the Hyundai Display Audio system hosts “the next generation Blue Link system with Connected Care, a suite of safety and car care features, and remote engine start with climate control,” with your safety in mind, according to the car company.

Don’t expect to see the new Display Audio system in vehicles for at least a year, but in the meantime, head to Glenbrook Hyundai to check out the models we have in store.

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Make Your Last-Minute Christmas Shopping a Success

Like everything else, there is an art to last-minute Christmas shopping. First and foremost, you have to keep your cool. Last-minute shopping can become a vicious cycle. The more you freak out over how little time you have left, the less clearly you can think about appropriate gift options and how to obtain them in a timely fashion. Here are a few tips on how to do last-minute Christmas shopping.

YOU CAN PLEASE ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME.  What we mean is shop somewhere like a mall or a department store—somewhere with a real variety in products, thus decreasing your need to visit lots of different locations and allowing you to get a number of gifts in less time.

MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE.  Give your poor head a break and make a list. When time is of the essence, you need to be efficient and organized. Forgetting someone or something and having to run back out would be a very time-costly affair.

ACCEPT YOUR LIMITATIONS.  When it comes to last-minute Christmas shopping, you may have to give up the dream of getting someone that perfect gift, the thing they never even knew they had always wanted. Keep it simple. Or, you can buy them a new Hyundai at Glenbrook Hyundai–that would please anyone!

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Hyundai Genesis Adds 2014 Esquire Sedan of the Year to List of Awards

2015 Hyundai Genesis affordableThe 2015 Hyundai Genesis is an overall excellent value; the guys at Esquire magazine seem to agree, as they named the vehicle Sedan of the Year. The all-new model’s value was evident in its sporty performance, impressive design, and cutting-edge technology.

“The redesigned Genesis stood out as this year’s 2014 Esquire Sedan of the Year for providing owners the best experience possible with its superior driving dynamics,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of corporate and product planning.

Esquire is one of the world’s most iconic men’s publications, which adds validity that Genesis delivers on outstanding design, advanced safety and technology – all components that matter most to today’s premium car shoppers.”

Even as we at Glenbrook Hyundai celebrate the model’s receipt of the 2014 Esquire Sedan of the Year award, we’re also excited the 2015 Genesis is in the running to win the 2015 North American Car of the Year award, whose winner will be announced in January. That’s not even mentioning the numerous awards the sedan has already won. Clearly, the 2015 Genesis is one sedan you’ll simply have to experience for yourself.

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Edmunds.com Names 2015 Hyundai Sonata a Top Rated Vehicle

2015 Hyundai SonataThe new 2015 Hyundai Sonata has added another award to its list of accolades after being named a Top Rated Vehicle by Edmunds.com, the industry-leading car-shopping website.

Every year, the Edmunds Testing Team evaluates more than 200 new vehicles in 10 categories to identify the best performers. The vehicles are driven on a standardized road-test loop and on a test track in a controlled environment.

After evaluation, the publication’s editors praised the Sonata for its suite of standard safety and convenience features, refined styling, and range of efficient and powerful engines.

“The Sonata’s value is bolstered by its class-leading safety features, including lane departure warning and frontal collision warning systems,” said Scott Oldham, editor in chief, Edmunds.com. “Combined with its sophisticated design, refined ride and handling characteristics, and a great selection of powertrains, the Sonata really is everything you could want from a family sedan.”

Be the next one to test drive the 2015 Sonata, a top rated vehicle, at Glenbook Hyundai!

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Can’t-Miss Holiday Events in Fort Wayne

At Glenbrook Hyundai, we count ourselves lucky to be part of such an engaging community here in Fort Wayne. This spirit is showcased during the holiday season, when Fort Wayne pulls out all the stops for a fantastic Christmas celebration. Let’s take a look at some of our can’t-miss holiday events in Fort Wayne.

Fantasy of Lights

Nov. 26th- Dec 31st; Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Rd

Anyone from Fort Wayne knows the Fantasy of Lights tops the list of must-do holiday activities. Join us at Franke Park this year, as the night comes alive with the twinkling glow of more than a thousand holiday lights.  Around seventy-five colorful displays will convey both the fun side of the season and the original story of Christmas. Grab a few to-go cups of hot cocoa for this relaxed drive among the lights.

Tradition of Sights and Sounds

Nov. 15th-Jan 11th; Jefferson Pointe, 4110, W. Jefferson Blvd

This year, not only can you see Fort Wayne’s tallest Christmas tree, but you can also take in a show. Jefferson Pointe is home to some of our favorite dining, shopping, and entertainment hotspots, and they’ve gone all-out again for Christmas. The huge tree at the center of the area actually performs a symphony of light and sound for the public to enjoy. This delightful show starts at 6:30pm each night, capping off each half hour until 10pm.

Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

Nov. 22nd-March1st; Headwaters Park East, 311 S. Clinton St

While some would prefer to be close to a cozy fire this holiday season, there are others who just can’t wait to get out in the ice and snow. Ice skating is a holiday tradition that Headwaters Park celebrates each year, with rink hours available every day of the week. Add in hot cocoa and refreshments for purchase at the park, and you may be able to lure the whole family out for a skate.

Do you have a favorite spot or event for the holidays? Let us know what you love about winter activities in Fort Wayne.

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Best Ways to Protect Your Car from the Cold

We are well into November already; the smell of turkey is in the air, and cold, wintery frost has begun to settle in. You know what that means? It’s also time to get your car ready for winter and the cold temperatures we’ll be facing in the coming months.

In order to help you prepare, we’ve put together our list of helpful hints to protect your car from the cold.

  1. If you have a garage, use it. That’s right, it’s time for you to get out there and finally clear that precious space designed to protect your car from the elements. Not only will your garage keep your car protected from blowing objects, ice, snow, rain, and salt – it offers a space with a fairly regulated temperature.
  2. Check your battery. It’s no secret that freezing temperatures are rough on you battery. Before you get stuck somewhere with a battery that won’t start, make sure it’s not at the end of its life. Ideally, you’ll want to start your car at least once for 15 to 20 minutes every 24 hours to keep the battery charged.
  3. Check your tire pressure. As a general rule, your tires lose a pound of pressure for every ten degrees the outside temperature drops. Check and fill your tires often during the winter. Low tire pressure can be a serious safety hazard, impairing your car’s handling and braking abilities and reducing efficiency.
  4. Check your fluids. Check all your fluids, including oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake, and transmission. These can thicken up in freezing temperatures. Ideally, you’ll want to let your car run for ten minutes before driving to allow these fluids to warm up. Also, don’t forget windshield wiper fluid!
  5. Replace windshield wipers. The lack of good windshield wipers poses a serious threat to you and others. Make sure you have a pair that cleanly wipes away any obstruction to your vision.

Want more? Howstuffworks.com has a comprehensive guide to getting your car winter-ready. If you still aren’t sure, stop by the Glenbrook Hyundai service department. We’ll make sure you’re ready for winter driving!

What other tips and tricks do you recommend for keeping your car in tip top shape this winter? Tell us in the comments!

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