JP Edition Sonata SEMA Concept Turns Performance into Art

2015 Hyundai Sonata JP Edition for SEMAAftermarket tuner John Pangilinan is known for turning cars into works of art for SEMA shows, and this year is no exception. Using a 2015 Hyundai Sonata as his canvas, Pangilinan combined the driving dynamics of the sexy sedan with the striking graphics of Los Angeles street art to create the JP Edition Sonata SEMA Concept.

“Inspired by a trip earlier this year to the Pow! Wow! Hawai’i art event in Hawaii, I wanted to connect the street art culture to automotive, without going too over the top with a full blown art car,” said John Pangilinan. “This build features a balance of performance products, in-car entertainment with the latest innovations, and clean styling, representing the enthusiasts whose cars showcase an extension of their personalities and lifestyles.”

Pangilinan began this special edition Sonata with stock white body paint, allowing it to act as a canvas as he worked with Flexfit|BSCMP and Mr. 44, a renowned LA-based street artist, to create a balance between the world of street art and that of car enthusiasts. This balance was found with an AEM cold air intake, a MagnaFlow exhaust kit, and a hot charge pipe from Bisimoto engineering, along with 19-inch RAYS Gram Lights 57Getter wheels that add the perfect artistic touch to the car’s custom exterior.

Would you like to customize your own Hyundai to look similar to the JP Edition Sonata SEMA concept? Stop in to Glenbrook Hyundai today and see just how you can do that!

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2015 Hyundai Genesis at the SEMA Show Gets Toca Customization

2015 Hyundai Genesis

The Hyundai Genesis got a makeover by TOCA for the SEMA show.

The Chicago-based Toca Marketing Group is well-known for its design and customization work for aftermarket fabrication. Now, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis at the SEMA show is getting a Toca customization.

Visitors at the SEMA show November 4th through 7th will get to see the custom Genesis named “Steel Phoenix.” Under the hood, the Genesis is powered by a 5.0-liter V8. Toca then created a twin turbo design with a catback exhaust system to boost the engine’s output to 600 horsepower.

“The name Steel Phoenix came to me as soon as I saw the redesigned Genesis,” said John Toca, founder and owner of Toca Marketing Group, in a statement. “The main focus of this build was to zone in on the luxury aspect, while improving performance in parallel. Although I wasn’t overly concerned about pushing crazy horsepower numbers, the custom-fabricated twin turbo setup adds 180 horsepower over the stock motor.”

Inside, the seats are covered with black leather with contrasting white stitching. Carbon fiber trim panels and a Rockford Fosgate sound system complete the upscale feel. Toca created a unique all metal wide body design with matte and gloss black accents to enhance the Steel Phoenix look.

What do you think of this custom Hyundai Genesis?

Want to get your own piece of luxury? Come to Glenbrook Hyundai today and check out the 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

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What Do You Think of a Small Sports Car from Hyundai?

Hyundai’s sports line-up has been gaining momentum, especially with SEMA coming up, but don’t think their wild developments are limited to only the SEMA show. Hyundai’s been giving hints at an eventual new sports car to add to their family… and this one is going to be downsized.

We might see a small sports car from Hyundai for the racing scene. The possibly-in-design model is not set in stone yet, but what we do know is that it won’t be replacing the Tiburon coupe that has left the line-up. This would likely be aligned with one of Hyundai’s motorsports programs and have a global model to justify the investment.

“Cars like these, such as the Audi TT, create a huge demand when they’re new, but then that dies off quickly,” Allan Rushforth, former COO of Hyundai, told Autocar. “It’s about demographics, too. The buyers of the old Coupé (Tiburon in the U.S.) no longer want these cars.”

For more news on Hyundai’s developments, report back in November for Glenbrook Hyundai’s peeks into the SEMA show!

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Paul Rudd: The New Voice of Hyundai

When it comes to the voice of Hyundai, there has been a changing of the guard.  Since 2007, Academy award-winning actor Jeff Bridges had lent his voiceover talents to ads by the Korean automaker.  His voice had gruff and gravel and could be instantly recognized.

As all great things must come to an end (yes, even marketing partnerships made in heaven), Hyundai sought a suitable replacement for Bridges.  Said Steve Shannon, vice president of marketing for Hyundai Motor America, “We were looking for a voice that could be recognizable and relatable to a new generation of car buyers.”

The new voice of Hyundai belongs to actor Paul Rudd.  He is known for his roles in the films The Cider House Rules, I Love You, Man, and Anchorman.  Hyundai had some flattering things to say about their new partner. “Rudd can be serious, humorous, informative and entertaining all at the same time.”

Rudd’s first spot involves a scene where a backseat driver is shown up by the 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s superior navigation system.  Check it out here!

Visit the showroom at Glenbrook Hyundai today!

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Hyundai i20 to Flaunt Its Stuff at the Paris Motor Show

The new 2015 Hyundai i20 has been released at the Paris Motor Show and it is better than ever. With new body styling and external features, like a reimagined grille, headlights, and a new car front, the hatchback is super sleek and ready to impress.

The car sports a longer front and hood that mimics that of a Mazda or a Jaguar, giving it a streamlined look. The interior includes black accents, metallic trim, and leather seating. For even more style, a sunroof is included along with a top of the line infotainment center with GPS. World Car Fans says that Hyundai has promised, “In 2015, the model will gain a new turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that produces up to 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm (127 lb-ft) of torque.”

Car buyers can expect to see the new i20 out on dealership lots in the near future! Plan to get the i20 when it is released from Glenbrook Hyundai!

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The New 2015 Tucson Fuel-Cell Car Utilized Innovative Technology

With gas prices soaring, Hyundai has unveiled a new fuel-cell-powered car. With innovated new technology and an-award winning design and engineering team, the new 2015 Tucson fuel-cell car promises to be groundbreaking.

Wondering how it works? According to MNN, a source for eco-friendly news, the 2015 Tucson fuel-cell car is powered by hydrogen-filled cells which generate electricity when combined with oxygen. Essentially, as long as there is pressurized H2, a catalyst, and air-flow, then a current of electrons can power the car.

It’s practically the Hindenburg all over again, right? Not quite. Hydrogen used in fuel-cells is typically diluted and the hydrogen tank is made of reinforced carbon fiber. Not only that, but the high dispersal rate and tendency of the gas to rise make it the equivalent of, if not safer than, gas.

The 2015 Tucson fuel-cell car drives like its cousin, the electric car. It’s not for the racetrack, but the hydrogen-powered car is quiet and incredibly efficient. It has a range of 250 miles, 134 horsepower, and 221 lb-ft of torque.

Hyundai is hoping to sell about 1,000 fuel-cell cars, so it’s just a stepping stone for now. If you’re not quite ready for a hydrogen powered car, have no fear. Stop by Glenbrook Hyundai to check out our (gas-powered) lineup.  For more info on fuel-cell technology, click here.

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2015 Santa Fe Features Power Rear Liftgate on Select Models

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe SportThe 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe will be your new best friend, especially when it comes to shopping, traveling, moving, or anything else that requires a comfortable ride and spacious cargo space. Plus, thanks to a new power rear liftgate on select models, Hyundai has made it even easier to access that back end—even if your hands are full. Just get within range of the rear end and use the proximity smart key to pop the trunk.

The Santa Fe has more to offer than just the new liftgate, though. For example, it comes standard with a 3.3-liter V6 engine, but the Sport models come with either a 2.4 or 2.0-liter engine. The 2.0 option is a turbocharged four-cylinder to boot. You get all this, plus all the value and efficiency and practicality you’ve come to expect from the Santa Fe, all for the same price as last year’s models.

If you’re intrigued by the Santa Fe, whether the liftgate really does it for you or not, we’ve got plenty of options to show you here in our inventory at Glenbrook Hyundai. Come in to see what makes the Santa Fe a perennial leader in the SUV segment.

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Hyundai’s Rhys Millen Dominates Global Rallycross LA Race

Nothing seemed to get in the way of Rhys Millen and his Hyundai Veloster when he performed at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) race in Los Angeles.

Veloster RE:FLEX

Millen drive a Hyundai Veloster to win the Red Bull race.

Millen dominated the competition from the very first day, topping practice runs and early heats, cinching pole position, and eventually earning a victory on Sunday afternoon while never once letting anyone get ahead of him.

This marked the Hyundai racing team’s second win of the season, which was made all the sweeter thanks to the location of the event. The Los Angeles GRC race is the closest of the season to both Hyundai and Rhys Millen Racing corporate headquarters. It was like winning at home, and no doubt many local fans and employees enjoyed it.

“We’re extremely proud of our Hyundai team’s second win of the 2014 season, coming fresh off our victory in Daytona just a few short weeks ago,” said Millen. “It’s amazing; we just believe in the car and myself and the crew. We brought that momentum to Los Angeles, qualifying fastest yesterday, winning the semi-final and then the main without being passed. I couldn’t be more proud of our effort.”

Check out Millen’s race-winning Hyundai Veloster at Glenbrook Hyundai! Well, the model it’s based on, anyway.

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels® Plans Campaign against Pediatric Cancer

Hyundai Hope on Wheels

The 2014 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Santa Fe

Every day is an opportunity to make a difference. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is doing just that as it prepares to host its annual 5K Run/Walk later this month. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit cancer research at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.

“September is an important time for all of us at Hyundai because it is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month,” said Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. “We are committed to supporting childhood cancer research at children’s hospitals nationwide and are especially proud to support the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s through this special annual 5K in our own backyard.”

The race in Fountain Valley, California is just one event in Hyundai’s month-long campaign to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

Hyundai is also using the campaign to introduce its Every Handprint Tells A Story initiative. Through the program, Hyundai gives everyone a chance to share his or her story and get involved in the fight against children’s cancer.

We at Glenbrook Hyundai are proud to be a part of honoring National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. What are you doing to make a positive difference in our community? Let us know in the comments!

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Gender and Car Crash Type: Young Men and Women Have Very Different Ways of Crashing Cars

Gender and car crash type

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus, right? Just like men and women tend to think differently, act differently, and do things differently, they crash their cars differently too. A new study from Kansas State University found that gender and car crash type are directly linked.

Young women are more likely to be involved in accidents in intersections and with pedestrians, and tend to crash more often during weekday work hours. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to crash at night on the weekend- the complete opposite. Men are also far more likely to have an off-road crash, and for the crash to be deadly.

The research found that women are 66 percent more likely to wear their seatbelt, but are 28 percent more likely to drive on a restricted license. In 2008, men were found to be three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than women, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration.

According to the research, males tend to be higher risk-takers, accounting for 71 percent of all traffic fatalities, 70 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, and 87 percent of all cyclist fatalities. These statistics are a major reason car insurance rates are quite a bit higher for a 20-year-old man than they are for a 20-year-old woman.

“There are often different risk factors for young male and young female drivers because their behavior and attitude are generally different,” Sunanda Dissanayake, professor of civil engineering said. “This may help explain why one gender is more likely to be involved in a certain type of crash. For example, young males may have more off-road crashes because this crash type is more frequently involved with speeding on rural roads — a driving habit exhibited more by young males than young females.”

Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, we can’t control your driving habits, but we can help you find a safe car to call your own. Stop by today to learn more!

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