Las Vegas is even more happenin’ than usual this weekend thanks to the 2014 SEMA show. The Specialty Market Equipment Association puts on one heck of a trade convention that allows auto makers to strut their stuff. Hyundai took advantage of the opportunity to team up with some of the best known tuners in the business. “Every year we invite some of the biggest names in the aftermarket tuning community to build some of the most exciting vehicles at SEMA,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We wanted this year’s builders to develop performance and luxury in tandem, and from what you see from our lineup of vehicles, they have exceeded our goals on every measure.”
Here’s a look at the results of those partnerships. For details on each vehicle visit www.hyundainews.com.
If you’re in the market for a used vehicle for your newly minted teenage driver chances are pretty good you’re looking for a safe vehicle that’s also affordable. A recent survey of parents in that situation found a majority ended up paying between $7,000 and $12,000 for their teen’s first car. Lower price tags are frequently found on older models. Older models often have fewer safety features than desired. So, YahooAutos put together a list of 21 older model, affordable cars that can also claim a reasonable number of safety features, including electronic stability control, and rollover and crash protection. Making the list at number 2 and 12 respectively are the 2011 (or later) Hyundai Sonata and 2010 (or later) Ford Fusion. All the vehicles on the list were given high safety marks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when they were first released.
To read the complete article and view the entire list click here.
We’ve never met a person who doesn’t like a road trip, especially a trip with no particular destination, one designed to focus on the journey itself. That’s why Hyundai’s 3,000 Mile Test Drive is so fun! They packed up the 2015 Hyundai Sonata and put it to the real world test. Retrace the Sonata’s tracks here, and catch videos – like the one below – shot in each location. Where does the 3,000 Mile Test Drive make you want to take your Hyundai?
What would you say to $500 dollars in free money towards the purchase of a new car? That’s exactly what Hyundai wants to give you! The auto maker has partnered with BoostUp, a social media savings platform that allows major brands from a variety of industries to give customers “boosts”, or financial incentives, towards the purchase of one of their products or services. Hyundai’s offering a $500 “boost” to customers who use BoostUp to save for and buy a 2015 Sonata! And, according to John Morgan, Founder and CEO of BoostUp, there’s another bonus, as well: “The Sonata promotion is unique to BoostUp, as our users won’t have to wait until the end of the buying process to receive their ‘Boost’ from one of our partners,” said John Morgan, Founder and CEO of BoostUp. “The goal of BoostUp is for users to save for life’s big purchases, and what better way to reward them for doing so than by immediately giving them $500 toward the purchase of a great vehicle like the Sonata.”
So, what are you waiting for! Click here to start saving for a new Sonata AND claim your $500! For the complete Hyundai press release click here.
Five, count ’em, FIVE Hyundai models have been named to Strategic Vision’s list of the “Most Loved Vehicles in America”! They are the Elantra GT, Sonata, Genesis, Santa Fe, and Equus which also was the second highest scoring vehicle overall. In picking winners Strategic Vision measured “love” by considering factors like customer loyalty, satisfaction, and emotional response.
Strategic Vision makes tools to monitor, and then monitors, human behavior. When it comes to our vehicles the company’s president, Alexander Edwards, says we can fall hard. “Hyundai owners really love their cars,” he says. “‘Love’ should be on any brand’s internal scorecard and is the pinnacle of achievement. Hyundai’s results demonstrate its commitment to customers and in turn their loyalty.”
To read the entire Strategic Vision press release click here.
To say that the debut version of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in 2011 flopped would be putting it mildly; Critics complained it was painfully obvious the car was a hybrid. But two years later the Korean automaker’s back with a Sonata that’s addressed its issues and hushed the critics. We recently took the Sonata Hybrid on the road and really liked it. But don’t just take our word for it. The New York Daily News also ran the car through its paces and found it not just adequate but impressive. The publication applauds the Sonata Hybrid’s new, smoother transition between fuel sources and braking systems, and even declared the ride quality “better than expected.” Add to that the fact that the vehicle gets 600 miles per tank and you may want to consider whether you need a hybrid!
If you’ve never driven a Hyundai Genesis you might not understand why J.D. Power would give the midsize premium car the highest possible ranking in its “Highest Initial Quality Segment”. In fact, if you haven’t driven any of the latest Hyundai models you really won’t understand why the Korean auto maker finished in the top 10 overall!
But J.D. Power gets it. And so do Hyundai Genesis owners. The Initial Quality ranking measures owner’s satisfaction with their vehicle 90 days after purchasing it. The Genesis owners reported fewer problems with their vehicle than any other owners in the same segment. “Outperforming all of our competitors in the premium midsize car segment is a reflection of the dedication of all Hyundai team members,” said Erwin Raphael, director of engineering and quality, Hyundai Motor America. “Awards like this demonstrate we’re succeeding in connecting with our customers through an unprecedented combination of premium performance, technology, safety and quality.”
A handful of other Hyundai models also made the list:
Genesis Sedan: Number 1 Midsize Premium Car
Azera: Number 2 in Large Cars
Sonata: Number 2 in Midsize Car
Santa Fe: Number 2 in Midsize CUV
Accent: Number 2 in Sub-Compact Car
Think it’s time to give Hyundai another look? We do, too.