Hyundai’s Blue Link Smartwatch App Is Now Available

Long gone are the days of dropping everything to dig into a purse or pocket to find your keys or your smartphone. Thanks to Hyundai’s Blue Link Smartwatch app, now you can simply wear your watch.

The technology expands on Hyundai’s Blue Link services by enabling customers to download the Smartwatch app and connect to their vehicles through talking to the Android Wear watch. An app will be released for the Apple Watch when the watch becomes available.

“Blue Link subscribers and gadget lovers will appreciate a more convenient way to interact with their Hyundai vehicles,” said Frank Ferrara, executive vice president of customer satisfaction for Hyundai Motor America. “Now you can remote start your car with your smartphone, smartwatch, laptop, desktop or tablet. It is like being James Bond 007 or Scotty in Star Trek.”

As long as you have the Android Wear watch, a Blue Link subscription, and the Blue Link smartwatch app paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth®, you are just about as connected as today’s technology will allow. Voice commands will then enable you to locate your vehicle, lock it, start it, honk your horn, flash your lights, or call roadside assistance from anywhere in the US.

Pretty incredible, right? We at Glenbrook Hyundai thought so too.

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Redesign is Boldly Sophisticated

The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson was unveiled last week at the Geneva Motor Show revealing the next generation of the ever-popular Tucson. The latest rendition wears more aggressive lines and a larger, upright hexagonal grille between the wider, LED headlights. The 2016 Tucson has a strong broad hood like the Santa Fe, and a tail-end similar in design to the Genesis. The redesigned Tucson blends well with the design language of the sporty new Hyundais of 2016. The chassis is constructed on a new platform that allows for a smoother and more refined feel, and it actually makes this year’s Hyundai three inches longer and one inch wider.

The interior immediately presents elegance and intelligent ergonomics. The optional “wine-red” leather seats of the display car provide a bold contrast to the black dashboard and consoles accented by silver trim. The controls were extensively tested and intuitively located to provide ease and a pleasant experience.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is augmented with modern safety features, including Lane Keep Assist, Speed Limit Information Function display, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a parallel park assist, and autonomous brake assist features to protect the car and driver.

The sophisticated 2016 Hyundai Tucson redesign will be available in the fall of this year, so come to Glenbrook Hyundai and order yours today.

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The Hyundai Chicago Auto Show Exhibit Wins Award for Interactive Design

If you had a chance to see the Hyundai Chicago Auto Show exhibit in February, you know how impressive it was. In fact, the exhibit recently won an award from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) for being the Most Socially-Engaging Exhibit of 2015. The interactive booth shows off Hyundai’s incredible dedication to interacting with customers.

According to Hyundai, the exhibit featured a Hyundai Racing Challenge, interactive in-vehicle demonstrations, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto exhibitions, and more. Center stage at the show was the new 2015 Sonata, which combines the best in automotive technology and performance.

“We loved Hyundai’s interactive display,” said Suzanne Fanning, president of Word of Mouth Marketing Association. “Auto show attendees could race, follow the leader board, share images, and receive pictures while surrounded by a fun and quite lovely staff.”

Some innovative tech features Hyundai was demonstrating were the Apple and Android systems, both of which let consumers make calls, send messages, stream, and navigate, all via voice activation. By seamlessly integrating smartphones into new models, customers will be able to safely access any information they might need while driving. This is just one great new feature which was showcased at the auto show.

Come see our great Hyundai’s at Glenbrook Hyundai!

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2016 Veloster Performance Gets an Upgrade with New Rally Edition

If you like the Hyundai Veloster, then you’re going to love its new upgrades. Not only have engineers fine-tuned the 2016 model, but Hyundai is also offering a special Rally Edition. With these new features the Veloster is quickly becoming one of the sportiest cars on the market.

According to Hyundai, 2016 Veloster performance has been increased considerably for the new Rally Edition. A sports suspension, lightweight wheels, carbon-fiber, and extra air vents are just some of the new upgrades.

“The Veloster Rally Edition leverages the street credibility established by the Turbo R-Spec model. It features a higher performance tune for the springs, dampers, and front stabilizer bar for even more responsive and precise handling capabilities,” said Hyundai in a statement.

Aside from performance upgrades, the Veloster has a contoured body for improved aerodynamics as well. Its sculpted lines don’t just improve airflow; the new Rally Edition looks incredible as well.

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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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