Hyundai’s Upcoming Concepts and Tech at the Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai arrived at the Chicago Auto Show with tons of nifty new designs and technologies that we can’t wait to see at Glenbrook Hyundai.

One of the centerpiece items was the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, which offers a completely new interpretation of truck utility for a new generation of car buyers, with an emphasis on range, flexibility, social networks, and outdoor pursuits.

It was joined by the zero-emissions Tucson Fuel Cell, the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle available for consumer lease. By deriving electricity from hydrogen rather than a battery pack, the Tucson Fuel Cell offers customers all the benefits of electric vehicles without any of the conventional range and recharge-time compromise.

Several of Hyundai’s SEMA tuner vehicles were also present, including the Blood Type Racing Genesis, the ARK Performance AR550 Genesis, the Bisimoto Engineering Sonata, and other designs from some of the industry’s best aftermarket engineers.

Finally, Hyundai revealed two new products—including a special edition Veloster!—during its press conference. We were on the edge of our seats the entire time!

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Hyundai’s “Driving Tips” Campaign Tees off with David Feherty

Hyundai, as sponsor of a number of golf events year-round, has teamed up with David Feherty (former PGA TOUR player and current CBS golf analyst and host of the Feherty Show), who will serve as Hyundai’s first golf ambassador.

In his role, Feherty will be the voice and the face of Hyundai Golf, and will make appearances at Hyundai-sponsored golf events, as well as starring in a series of new commercials to premier on his Golf Channel show, Feherty.

Hyundai’s “Driving Tips” Campaign will bring to light the parallels between golf and driving the all-new Hyundai Genesis, while Feherty humorously provides “driving tips” to consumers. In three separate commercials, Feherty provides driving tips with an emphasis on Focus, Form, and Navigation, in much the same way he would talk about a golf swing.

“Hyundai’s goal is the perfect drive for every golfer from fairway to highway and who better than a guy like me who analyzes drives for a living to provide tips on the company’s behalf?” said Feherty in a statement. “I think the ads and partnership will resonate with golf fans; they were an absolute blast to film. And who doesn’t love a little bit of witty Irish humor?”

Watch for Feherty to take his “drive” analysis to social media later this year!

Are you ready to take your “drive” to the next level? Stop by Glenbrook Hyundai today to check out our large selection of exciting cars!

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Hyundai Elantra One of Top Five Bestselling Cars Globally

The Hyundai Elantra rounded out the list of top five bestselling cars across the globe in a recent report issued by Carmudi. Global total units of the model reached about 407,000 in the 24 years since the model’s launch. “The Hyundai Elantra’s dazzling success has been achieved through its creative design and economic fuel consumption, to name just two of its impressive qualities. To have the model placed as fifth best-selling car in the world is a stunning achievement and one of which we are very proud,” said Axel Dreyer, President, Juma Al Majid Est. Hyundai.

The Elantra drove away with ‘Car of the Year’ at the North American International Auto Show back in 2012. An advanced powertrain resulted in the Hyundai Elantra receiving a zero emissions certificate from the EPA, putting it on the same level as most hybrid electric vehicles. The Elantra will be redesigned for 2016. As the most brand’s most popular compact car, Hyundai plans to offer more incentives and trim packages to give the Elantra an edge over its rivals. Discount financing will also be available for returning customers to encourage loyalty.

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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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