Android Auto Coming Soon to Hyundai Cars

In today’s world, we all want to stay connected no matter where we are. This can be a safety concern, especially when you’re driving. That’s why Hyundai will be introducing the all-new Android Auto platform into select models starting in 2015.

This system allows Hyundai drivers to “project” the apps and services they would use on their phone onto the in-dash display in their car. Drivers will then be able to interact with many features using only their voice, so they don’t have to take their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel.

“Android Auto’s clean and intuitive interface is a perfect match with Hyundai Motor Group’s interior design approach,” said Paul Choo, director, Silicon Valley Accelerator Lab, in a statement. “The goal is to provide a smarter and safer way to use smartphone technology and convenience in cars. Android Auto helps us reach that goal.”

Android Auto will work seamlessly with Hyundai’s Audio Video Navigation (AVN) system allowing both to coexist at the same time without having to switch between programs. Hyundai hasn’t announced which 2015 models will be the first to get the new system.

Will you be adding Android Auto to your next new Hyundai?

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Hyundai Impresses Experts in J.D. Power APEAL Study

J.D. Power APEAL study

As Hyundai continues to produce the kind of vehicles customers really want to drive and own, the experts continue to take notice. The brand ranked highest in the J.D. Power APEAL study among non-premium brands. On top of that, the 2014 Accent topped the small car segment with its winning “apeal.”

APEAL aptly stands for Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout.

Distinguished as the top brand in this study, it is the first time a brand has taken the top spot in both J.D. Power’s APEAL study and the Initial Quality Study (IQS). Compared to both premium and non-premium brands, Hyundai moved up five places to the lucky number 13 position.

Vehicles are ranked based on their scores in performance, comfort, features and instrumentation, style, and overall performance, which, combined, could fall anywhere between 0 (downright repulsive) and 1,000 (perfection). The Accent impressed in each category to win among competitors in the small car class.

“We are so pleased to see the recognition that Accent has received in this year’s J.D. Power APEAL study,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning for Hyundai Motor America. “And it’s especially gratifying coming on the heels of our best-ever IQS showing just one month ago.”

If you want an appealing vehicle whose quality has been touted by the experts, you know where to come: right here to Glenbrook Hyundai.

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Hyundai Launching Android Auto to Select 2015 Models

Android Auto

Hyundai vehicles are about to get a whole lot smarter. The Korean carmaker recently announced that they would incorporate Android Auto into future vehicles, starting with select vehicles in the 2015 model year. Android Auto integrates familiar Android smartphone features into Hyundai’s fourth generation touchscreen Audio Video Navigation system, making it easier for Hyundai drivers to stay connected without being distracted.

“Android Auto’s clean and intuitive interface is a perfect match with Hyundai Motor Group’s interior design approach,” said Paul Choo, director of Silicon Valley Accelerator Lab. “The goal is to provide a smarter and safer way to use smartphone technology and convenience in cars. Android Auto helps us reach that goal”

Through Android Auto, drivers can display their phone experience onto their car’s in-dash display. There are a variety of apps and services available to Hyundai users who use this technology, all of which can be controlled with voice input and glanceable controls. All a driver needs to do is connect their Android phone via a USB port and they’re set!

Hyundai hasn’t officially announced which 2015 models will be receiving the Android Auto technology, so until then make sure you stop by Glenbrook Hyundai to see what other technological features our Hyundai models have to offer you!

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Hyundai Gives Fans Limited Edition Veloster RE:FLEX

Veloster RE:FLEX

We at Glenbrook Hyundai are pleased to report the 2014 Hyundai Veloster RE:FLEX is now on sale.

You may be thinking, Why would I want the RE:FLEX Edition when the 2014 model is already a great buy? An excellent question.

This special limited edition is only for the biggest of fans who crave a sportier experience than even the regular Veloster can give.

“Compact sporty customers are often looking for limited-edition models with even sportier styling,” said Scott Margason, Hyundai Motor America’s director of product planning. “The new Veloster RE:FLEX not only delivers, but the highly prized limited editions are equipped with additional unique features and exclusive colors that will make proud owners boldly stand out in the crowd.”

The RE:FLEX Edition is available in an exclusive Ice Pearl paint with custom RE:FLEX badging. LED lighting and chrome accents surround the exterior and new owners can choose between black or red leather seating.

All models come equipped with the Gamma 1.6-liter engine and EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission.

Only 3,000 of these limited edition models will be sold, so contact us today if the you’re one of the loyal fans whose name the 2014 Hundai Veloster RE:FLEX Edition is calling.

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Hyundai Named Top Carmaker in Customer Loyalty

Customer Loyalty

Cars like the amazing 2014 Genesis help build customer loyalty

If you want to be successful in the car industry, it’s important that consumers keep on coming back for more. Based on their current dedication to customers, Hyundai has received top honors in the automotive category in the Brand Keys 2014 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, showing for the fourth consecutive year that once you choose Hyundai, it’s difficult to even look at any other brands.

“Hyundai continues to top our automotive category due to their understanding of how to exceed customer expectations with model after model,” said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys. “Hyundai delivers consistently high levels of emotional engagement for their brand and for their customers by leveraging class-leading technologies, all while providing real brand value.”

Every year, Brand Keys, a customer loyalty and engagement consultancy, publishes this annually-syndicated study. The study examines customers’ relationships with 555 different brands over 64 categories, choosing the brand customers feel the most loyal to in each. With a lineup that is designed with customers in mind and terrific customer service, Hyundai has easily taken the top spot once again, tying with Ford.

Stop by Glenbrook Hyundai today to see just why so many car drivers are loyal to Hyundai!

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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicles Arrive in Southern California

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicles Arrive in Southern California

California has once again come out on the receiving end of a gold rush—this time, though, Californians are reaping the benefits of fuel cell technology, rather than gold. Last week, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUVs arrived in the Golden State, marking the first delivery of a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle in the U.S. market and a giant leap in the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles to the car industry.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission electric vehicle technology, and we’re proud of our leadership role in this important segment of the alternative fuel vehicle market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The range and refueling time of our Tucson Fuel Cell compare favorably with gasoline vehicles, making them a seamless transition from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. We’re excited to provide customers in Southern California a way to transition to a zero-emission vehicle with minimal compromises.”

Those who choose to drive the next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell can lease the crossover for just $499 per month, with unlimited free hydrogen refueling and “At Your Service” valet maintenance at no extra cost.

The fuel cell vehicles will only be offered to customers in the Los Angeles/Orange Country region, though Hyundai is hoping to expand this region soon. You never know—maybe the Tucson Fuel Cell will be coming to Glenbrook Hyundai in the next few years?

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Hyundai Debuts New FIFA World Cup Ad Campaign

While soccer fans across the globe don their country’s colors and tighten up their cleats, Hyundai has decided to celebrate what makes the 2014 FIFA World Cup so important—the fan’s passion. In two all-new in-game 30 second spots staring the redesigned 2015 Sonata, Hyundai recognizes fans across the globe and looks to inspire them with one simple hashtag: #BecauseFutbol.

“Soccer fans are more than just supporters of the game—they are die hard, loyal fanatics for their teams and countries,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of Marketing for Hyundai Motor America. “As the industry leader in customer loyalty, Hyundai knows a thing or two about passion. This year’s World Cup campaign shows what being a ‘true’ fan really means; and how for 30 days people come together, lives change, emotions rise, and unexpected moments happen.”

The first 30-second commercial, titled “Boom,” illustrates how a single win in the World Cup can create the world-wide phenomenon of baby booms, while the second commercial, titled “Avoidance,” follows a single man’s journey home to watch a game he’s recorded and how he goes to great lengths to avoid any spoilers throughout the day.

The #BecauseFutbol campaign extends even farther than the television, allowing Hyundai to connect with consumers around the world and for them to connect with each other at BecauseFutbol.com. Make sure you keep an eye out for Hyundai’s advertisements throughout the 2014 World Cup as the official vehicle sponsor.

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Hyundai Genesis Achieves Highest Safety Rating from IIHS for 2015

Hyundai Genesis Achieves Highest Safety Rating from IIHS for 2015

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis certainly deserves to be prefaced by the adjective “award-winning.” It’s become an impressive entry-level luxury car and a very successful flagship model for the Hyundai brand, situated between the rest of the car lineup and the high-end Equus. And now, it’s also the recipient of a prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award from the authoritative IIHS.

“IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS are important ratings in vehicle crash test safety,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Genesis’ TOP SAFETY PICK+ recognition further reinforces its segment leadership in delivering advanced safety performance and technology as well as a host of world-class active and passive safety features.”

Exclusive Hyundai features like the Sensory Surround Safety suite and the Hyundai Head Up Display (HUD) helped the Genesis receive the top rating. The Sensory Surround suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Smart Cruise Control, and many other systems. The car also has an excellent air-bag system and even a brilliant and exclusive C02 sensor. Come in to Glenbrook Hyundai to see all these features and more at work for yourself in the 2015 Genesis.

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Hyundai to release hydrogen cars in southern California next spring

Hyundai, once again is innovating the automotive industry. Hyundai, has expressed plans to release Hydrogen powered vehicles as early as next spring. Whether or not they will make it to Glenbrook Hyundai, the Happy Car Store, is still undetermined at this point.  The cars possibly will get a 300 mile range and a 10 minute charge time. This is innovation at its finest, which is what we’ve grown to expect from Hyundai. To see our other innovations, you can contact us, or come to our showroom in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We are always friendly here at the Happy Car Store!

 

 

Despite being the most common atom in the universe and the major power source of stars, humans have found it difficult to use hydrogen for its energy needs. Even though using pure hydrogen in internal-combustion engines in cars is generally cleaner and more technically efficient than gasoline-powered engines, the initial cost of the technology and getting the pure hydrogen in the first place remain significant obstacles.

Hyundai seems to be making a stab at making the technology viable. The car company has announced that in spring 2014, they would make an SUV available in Southern California for lease at $499 per month for 36 months with $2,999 down.

“Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, so we’re thrilled to be a leader in offering the mass-produced, federally certified Tucson Fuel Cell to retail customers,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, in a press release.

The price includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance to assuage concerns of the cost of hydrogen refueling.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles have not made as much of a high profile splash on the market as electric and hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles. While electric and hybrid vehicles are very efficient in urban environments, larger versions vehicles intended for families have been more difficult of a sell due to their high cost and slow recharge times.

Hyundai says that their new hydrogen-powered car will be more efficient than gasoline cars and cheaper and quicker than electric cars. Their website claims that the new car will have a driving range of up to 300 miles and can fully refuel in under 10 minutes. The SUV will emit only water vapor, rather than the heavy carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions of gasoline-powered cars.

The hydrogen fuel cell works by pulling hydrogen fuel (H2) into the anode while oxygen from the air is pulled into the cathode. A catalyst splits the electrons from the hydrogen atoms, and an electrolyte conducts the positively charged hydrogen ions across the fuel cell while blocking the electrons.

The remaining electrons create an external circuit to power the car. A second catalyst recombines the hydrogen ions and electrons with oxygen from the air to make water vapor and heat.

Several of the fuel cells are stacked together to meet the voltage needs of the car.

The largest problem in what is called the “hydrogen economy,” including these hydrogen-powered vehicles, is how to get the pure hydrogen in the first place. Though most atoms on Earth are hydrogen atoms, they are most commonly bound to oxygen as water. Pure hydrogen, or H2, is so light that it stays high in the atmosphere along with all of the other molecules that make up our air.

Today, the great majority of hydrogen is produced from fossil fuel sources and produces carbon dioxide. Another option is hydrolysis, which is to split water into two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom, but this requires energy input from another source like fossil fuel or renewable energy.

A press release from Hyundai said that their fuel cell prototypes have used hydrogen generated from the Orange County Sanitation District where methane from sewage is turned into hydrogen.

Hydrogen power can stay clean and reduce the world’s carbon emissions as long as we stick to using energy from wind and solar to make the hydrogen fuel, Hyundai maintains.

California currently has nine hydrogen refueling stations and recently committed to building 100 more. The first four Hyundai dealers that will offer the Tucson Fuel Cell will be Hardin Hyundai in Anaheim, Win Hyundai in Carson, Keyes Hyundai in Van Nuys and Tustin Hyundai; the company expects more dealerships to offer the car as well.

Amy Stewart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.

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The Hyundai Sonata Named “Most Dependable Midsize Car”

Here at Glenbrook Hyundai, The Happy Car Store, In Fort Wayne, Indiana, our very own Sonata lineup has been named J.D. Power and Associates “Most Dependable Midsize Car!” If your in the market for a new car, dependability is key! So, come out to Glenbrook Hyundai, or please feel free to contact us. Here’s more on another accomplishment we have possessed at Hyundai!!

 

According to J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability, 2010 Sonata owners had fewer problems over the last 12 months than any other three year old midsize car. This study included more than 37,000 owners!

The Hyundai Sonata also has large car space for midsize money. According to the EPA the Sonata has more total interior volume than the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and the Ford Fusion. The Hyundai Sonata’s interior space is actually a class larger than any other midsize vehicle. This is the benefit of a large car interior in a midsize sedan!

The Sonata is available in GLS, SE, SE 2.0T, Limited and Limited 2.0T. The Hyundai Sonata offers 5 spacious seats and 198 horse-power. The Sonata gets an average of 35 miles per gallon.

The Sonata Hybrid gets an average of 40 miles per gallon and has 199 horse power. Hyundai’s commitment to innovation allowed them to develop a better hybrid which features a battery that is 25% lighter, smaller and more efficient.

 

Available Features
Blue Link technology is available in the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, this technology is designed to make everyday life easier. Connect to Blue Link through a smartphone, web application or an in-car system to locate a gas station, find a shortcut, or learn about mechanical issues.

Also available for the Hyundai Sonata is a navigation system. The navigation system makes it easier to get from point A to point B. Use voice-recognition or the interactive touchscreen to get directions without being distracted or losing control of the vehicle. The NavTraffic and SiriusXM Data Services allows a search for nearby businesses like gas stations, restaurants and ATM’s.

The available 400-watt Infinity audio system with 9 speakers and AM/FM/CD/MP3 also comes with HD Radio technology and SiriusXM satellite radio for the best commercial free radio! With your purchase of a Hyundai Sonata you receive a complimentary three month subscription on Hyundai!! There are also built in IPod/USB and auxiliary jacks which let you access your IPod or IPhone through the audio controls. You can also charge your device while it plays.

The proximity key available for the Sonata gives the ultimate convenience. Without having to search for keys the Hyundai Sonata can be unlocked by the touch of a button on the outside of the vehicle.

Displayed in the center of the dash touchscreen is an available rearview camera with guidelines that help direct the driver into tight sports and take the guesswork of backing up out of the equation.

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