Hyundai-Kia Motors Records Highest Monthly Sales

Say what you want about the South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia. Their rough start has turned into a great year in Europe and with March’s passing, it only gets better. In March the sister automakers recorded their highest monthly sales ever across the pond. Sales of the automaker’s European models stretched across the 27 member states of the European Union.

On Hyundai’s end, over 54,000 units left dealer lots and hit roadways. That figure is up 17.6% since last year when it sold only 46,285 units. March has proved to be one of the automaker’s best sales months. The previous record was set in March 2012 with 48,001 units sold. Thanks to the sales increase, Hyundai’s market share also increased to 3.4%.

Hyundai’s record monthly sales were due to the i10 and i20 mini-cars, moving 11,363 and 10,297 units respectively. The Tucson iX had a great month too, selling 10,764 of the model. On the other side, Kia’s best selling model was the Sportage SUV with 12,596 units sold.

Kia set its own record with a 10.6% sales increase measuring up to 43,671 units. The previous record, set in March 2014, was 40,479 units. While Hyundai’s market share increased, Kia’s remained at 2.7%. Combined, the sister automakers hold 6.1% of the European market.

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions Raised over $300K This Year for Charity

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions may have happened way back in January, but the brand is still celebrating the tournament’s results here in April. The amount of money raised for charity has finally been announced—Hyundai raised a total of $341,000 for Maui community charities.

The charities include the Boy Scouts of America, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, the Lahainaluna High School Foundation, and more. The tournament also made donations to both the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and Maui Junior Golf for promoting the game of golf in Maui. The tournament has been held in Maui since 1999.

Finally, $75,000 was donated to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children through Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels and the Hope on Wheels 5K that was held the same week at the tournament.

With this much success, we’re excited to see the 2016 Tournament of Champions tee off next January. Come see us at Glenbrook Hyundai to learn more about our brand today.

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Debut Highlights Fresh, Sporty Styling

Hyundai is shaking up the crossover segment with the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The 2016 Hyundai Tucson debut, which happened earlier this month at the New York Auto Show, showcases the crossover’s fresh new look, innovative technologies, and superior fuel efficiency. This lethal combination has made the Tucson one of the most appealing crossover SUVs to hit the market in years.

The Tucson offers consumers a bold, sculpted design, which is centered on Hyundai’s signature hexagonal-shaped grille. Sharp body lines and sleek curves combine to create the most visually appealing Tucson yet, while the interior’s modern design makes sure you never want to leave your crossover’s cabin.

Hyundai has made the Tucson even more appealing with a variety of fuel-efficient powertrains, including the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets an estimated 164 horsepower and 26 mpg combined.

This refined crossover vehicle combines a fresh design with superior features to offer consumers the perfect combination for family-friendly and fun-to-drive. For more information on the 2016 Tucson, contact Glenbrook Hyundai today!

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Hyundai Veloster Named Vincentric Best Value in America

The beloved Hyundai Veloster just added another notch in its award belt! It recently claimed the Vincentric Best Value in America award, marking the third year in a row it has won the award. The Best Value Awards are earned after receiving top ratings in various ownership cost aspects.

There are eight different areas in which vehicles are judged, including financing, fees and taxes, opportunity cost, fuel, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. The vehicle with the lowest cost of ownership when compared to the competition takes home the prestigious award.

David Wurster, Vincentric president, said, “As a three-time winner of the Best Value in America awards, the Veloster delivered best-in-class performance with a total cost of ownership that was more than 7 percent below expected.”

In addition to lowest cost of ownership, the Veloster impressed the judges with low depreciation costs and below average operating costs.

If you’re interested in test-driving the award winning Veloster, come visit us at Glenbrook Hyundai today!

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Motorcycle Safety Tips for the Spring Season

As spring arrives and the cold, winter weather slowly fades away into memory, many will likely be inclined to get out their motorcycle for the first time in months.

Motorcycles come with their own list of risks, so just in case you’ve forgotten, we’ve come up with a short, refresher list of motorcycle safety tips:

  • Test that everything on your motorcycle is still functioning properly and even consider taking it for a quick check-up before hitting the road again.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that will protect you from wind chill, bugs, etc.
  • Try to avoid riding in bad weather and remember that, if you have to ride in the rain, the most dangerous time is right after the precipitation begins.
  • Always, always, always wear a sturdy, well-fitting helmet. It could truly save your life.

Do you have any other motorcycle safety tips? Let us know in the comments, and be safe out there this spring.

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How to Treat Carsickness

Motion sickness occurs when the movement a person visually perceives disagrees with his or her internal sense of movement. When it happens in the car, we call it carsickness, an affliction that seems more prevalent in children.

Is there a cure? Beyond stopping the car, there are really only a couple of ways to treat carsickness…

ADJUST PERCEPTION.  Since carsickness is an issue involving perception, there are a few tricks that can help. You can focus on the “horizon or on a distant, stationary object,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Also, try keeping your head still. It also helps a lot of people to drive, rather than riding as the passenger.

DRUGS. A lot of people find that certain over-the-counter antihistamine medications can help. Others can’t tolerate the side effects as they can make you extremely drowsy. If carsickness is particularly severe, there are prescription medications as well.

There is also a lot of folk cures that some people swear by. If the mainstream methods don’t work for you, you could try some of those. Like placing a lunch bag in the waistband of your pants! Really.

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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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