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2015_Hyundai_Genesis

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis was making news long before the details were announced. A luxury sedan meant to compete with Mercedes and BMW for under $40,000 had everyone talking. But at the North American International Auto Show, Hyundai confirmed that the car will also include Google Glass Blue Link and the Genesis Intelligent Assistant. You’ll be able to buy it at Chapman Hyundai in spring 2015.

Google Glass is the latest development from tech-giant, Google. It’s wearable technology that allows users to command their technology without using their hands. Google glass integrates what you see with what you share – you can say “Take a video” and Google glass will record. Say, “Share it to YouTube” and Google Glass will do just that. It’s easy and the possibilities are vast.

Google Glass is being integrated into the Hyundai Genesis by applying the technology that displays information on Google Glass to the windshield of the vehicle. Drivers won’t need to wear Google Glass, rather, the same capabilities will be displayed on their car’s windshield.

Blue Link will be available in the car, on a mobile app or on the My Hyundai website and will allow drivers to get directions easily, remotely start and stop the vehicle, and set climate controls remotely. The app will also be able to automatically send alerts to a set of contacts you choose if the vehicle is involved in an accident. The Intelligent Assistant will even be able to pull real-time traffic data and tell you when to leave in order to make an appointment on time based on current traffic.

Drivers will be able to use Apple’s “Siri” in eyes-free mode to control their iPhones, have messages read, make calls, play music from Pandora and Siris XM, and more without ever taking their eyes off the road. A heads-up display will project speed and other relevant driving information  onto the windshield so drivers can remain focused straight ahead.

To make road trips even better, the Genesis will allow drivers to add points of interest to their navigation and find the nearest gas station or great restaurant – all without using their hands or taking their eyes off the road!

We’re excited to offer this to you in 2015 at your favorite Phoenix Hyundai dealer!

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Cars.com, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, recently announced at its annual “Best of” award show that the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the winner of the site’s Family Car of the Year award. Cars.com is an award-winning online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers convey opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car.

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a remarkably stylish compact SUV, with interesting and attractive shapes, fine detailing and impressive aerodynamic efficiency. The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport crossover offered in two trims: base and 2.0 Turbo. Standard features for the base model include 17-inch alloy wheels; a rear spoiler; LED headlight accents; tinted rear windows; keyless entry; cruise control; a trip computer; full power accessories; air-conditioning; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; cloth upholstery; 40/20/40-split folding rear seats; Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity; Hyundai’s BlueLink telematics system; and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB/iPod integration. The Sport 2.0T comes with all of the above, along with a more powerful turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels and a tow package.

Inside, the Santa Fe Sport’s controls remain straightforward and easy to use despite the dramatically different look. The back seat has a pleasantly elevated bottom cushion and ample room for adult passengers. Hyundai says that even the 2-row Sport is considerably larger than rivals.

As for safety, standard features for the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, front seat active head restraints and hill hold and descent control. Also standard is BlueLink, Hyundai’s emergency telematics system, which offers roadside assistance, crash response, remote door lock control and monitoring features for parents with teenage drivers that include speed, geo-fencing and curfew limits. A rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring system are optional on the base model and standard on the 2.0T.

Under the hood, the base model is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg in combined for front-wheel drive, and 21 mpg combined for all-wheel drive.  The Santa Fe Sport 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that increases output to 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy drops only slightly, with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined for the front-drive 2.0T and 21 mpg combined for all-wheel drive.

To check out the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in person, stop by Chapman Hyundai on Bell Road.

hyundai Fuel and oil additives

Every driver wants what’s best for their vehicle from the second they drive it off the lot at a Phoenix Hyundai dealer, whether it be better gas mileage, better emissions or better performance. But what if you could get all of this from a simple bottle? The variety of additives, octane boosters and fuel system cleaners is astounding. Some claim to clean carbon deposits out of your engine, while others claim to enhance fuel or oil performance through a variety of chemical reactions. And some even claim they coat engine parts, reducing friction and extending engine life. But the question is how can you be absolutely certain that the oil additives you buy can do all of those things? The answer lies in the fluids in which fuel treatments and oil additives interact with.

For starters, engine oil not only lubricates parts to prevent excess friction, but also protects them from corrosion. Most auto manufacturers already include dispersants that help prevent sludge from building up within the engine over time and rust inhibitors to further prevent rust and corrosion on parts it comes into contact with. Like engine oil, many fuels already have their own additives added in at the pump. Most aftermarket fuel treatments are geared towards cleaning carbon buildup and other deposits from various fuel system components, such as fuel injectors. These treatments perform about the same as the additives offered in most gasoline.

Truth be told, oil additives simply aren`t necessary for new modern engines. On the other hand, some oil additives have been known to help to add a small measure of longevity to older engines, including those suffering from compression problems. If your vehicle is suffering from a slight performance loss, it may be worthwhile to add a well-known fuel treatment to your next tank of gas.  As for oil additives, adding a bottle of oil treatment to your engine is usually unnecessary unless it happens to be an older engine in need of a stopgap. Most current oils already feature their own additives that work excellently according to most manufacturer specs.

For more information on fuel and oil additives for your Hyundai, visit Chapman Hyundai.

Why Credit Matters

improve-bad-credit-rating (1)Before you even come to Chapman Hyundai Bell Road, it’s a good idea to understand your credit and how it may affect the next car you buy.

To get the best rate on auto loans, you need to have good credit. Lenders look at your credit history to determine how much – or how little – risk you pose to them when you borrow money. Your credit score gives them a good idea of if you can be trusted to pay a loan back in a timely manner. The higher your score, the more trustworthy you are in their eyes and the lower interest rate you’ll have to pay. If your credit score is poor, the lender can charge you higher interest or not even offer you a loan at all!

Unfortunately, many car buyers don’t think about their credit score until they are on the lot, shopping for that new or used vehicle. This isn’t the time to wish you had a better credit score, as it can take months to improve. Your best bet is to always be mindful of how your financial decisions impact your credit score and always be working to get – or keep! – a higher credit score.

You can only make a plan for getting better if you know where your credit stands now. You can pull your credit score for free once a year, but in order to see your credit score (also known as the FICO score), you’ll have to pay about $20 per credit bureau. There are three credit bureaus lenders use to get your credit information. A great resource is myFICO.com. Avoid “free credit report” sites as they typically don’t share the scores your lenders will use.

If your FICO score is 760 or higher, you’re doing great! Below that and you might want to work toward improving your score.

Once you’ve pulled your credit reports, you will want to double check them for errors including fraudulently opened lines of credit and payments incorrectly marked as late. Fixing this with your lenders is the first step to better credit.

More than a third of your credit score is based on your credit history (were your payments in full and on time?). Paying back any missed payments will give you the opportunity to reach out to the credit card company and ask if your account can be adjusted to show no late payments.

The remainder of your credit score is based on the amount owed, the length of your credit history, if you’ve recently opened a new line of credit and the types of credit you have. Taking all of these factors into account help keep you mindful of your credit score.

Knowing your credit score before you begin vehicle shopping allows you to get rate quotes from various auto lenders. It also helps you better understand what your budget is for a new or used car. It’s easy to be pre-approved for a loan at Chapman. Just fill out this online Hyundai financing form before you hit the lot for test drives!