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Archive for March, 2015
Recently at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai Motor America unveiled the refreshed 2016 Elantra GT with updated styling, and customer friendly technology and features. The front fascia is more distinctive and the 17″ alloy wheels further enhances the GT’s sporty looks. When you add the 2.0-liter gas direct-injected engine, everything comes together to provide a vehicle that has a dynamic look and feel. Elantra GT’s famous sporty design, sharp handling and roomy inside is reasonably priced too. The Elantra GT will be starting at $18,800 and will be at dealerships, like Chapman Hyundai, in March 2015.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT is fitted with a 2.0-liter Nu engine, in which the driver will have the choice of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-speed automatic transmission will have SHIFTRONIC® manual shift control. The Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) system helps deliver high-pressure fuel, which will make the engine more responsive compared to non-GDI models. Fuel efficiency is improved due to the shorter, more direct path that gives more control over the fuel mixture. The engine weight is reduced by 30% with the use of lightweight intake manifolds. The Elantra GT outputs 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined.
Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design produces cars that are both defining and distinctive. The Elantra GT benefits from a 0.30 coefficient of drag because of this Fluidic design. The Elantra GT screams aerodynamics with its aggressive profile, low height and sleek side mirrors. Rocker panels are streamlined and tire gaps minimized, which adds up to lower wind resistance. This will ultimately give passenger a smooth and quiet ride.
The updated front grill on the Elantra GT gives it a distinctive and aggressive look that is more in line with the newer models of Hyundai. The wrap-around headlamps and sculptured hood creases add to the sporty look. The modern design is complete with sharp projector headlamps, fog lights and rear LED taillights.
On the interior, the Elantra GT has a 7-inch touch screen on the center console that also displays the rearview camera shots. The camera is tucked behind the Hyundai logo on the rear hatch and only appears when required.
Dual-zone climate controls provide a comfortable cabin for all riders and the panoramic sunroof provides ample sunlight. Sensors monitor the humidity levels and activate the automatic defogging system when necessary. The CleanAir Ionizer automatically cleans the air when the AC or heater is running. And speaking of heating, heated seats (suitable for those freezing winter days) come standard on all trims of the Elantra GT.
The 2015 Genesis is Hyundai’s luxury car that will compete with the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Hyundai has decided to continue marketing the Genesis under the Hyundai brand instead of creating a whole new luxury name and line.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is completely new, inside and out. It provides more luxury, a new attitude and a classy, contemporary appearance. This version is better prepared to compete with the midsize luxury powerhouses mentioned earlier, compared to the first generation model. It will definitely appeal to a younger affluent market due to the great emphasis placed on connectivity and infotainment systems.
The interior of the Genesis is sophisticated and stylish with real wood and metal accents in some models. The look and feel is clean and airy. Soft-touch fabrics and superb eye for detail are noticed throughout, and the color selection blends are pleasing visually. Notably, the new Genesis Coupe employs a user-friendly, centrally positioned scroll wheel together with push knobs. The look is a lot like Audi’s MMI system, which allows the driver to toggle through the gps navigation system, phone and more.
Similar to the interior, the Genesis’s exterior lines are clean and elegant. At the front, a new imposing grille leads into the Coupe’s long attractive lines that emphasize quality and refinement. The trunk has an aerodynamic sloping design.
Standard equipment includes navigation and Bluetooth, 9 air bags, hands free smart trunk opener, paddle shifters, and Blue Link infotainment system. Other standard features include heated front seats, 12 way adjustable driver power seat, push button start, and tire pressure monitoring.
The new Genesis provides an exceptional number of safety and convenience features, and for a considerably lower price than the competitors. The new AWD system called the HTRAC® will appeal to a wider market in the snowy areas of North America. The Genesis will be manufactured at Hyundai’s Ulsan Plant in Korea and will be on sale at Chapman Hyundai in the US in spring 2015.
The 2015 Genesis will offer V6 and V8 direct injection engines. Hyundai focused on improving drivability by improving low-end torque, and a reduction in vibration, noise and harshness. Both engines have 8-speed automatic transmissions but each will have their own gear ratios. The 3.8 -liter V6 will produce 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torqu. The fuel economy is expected to be 18 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the rear wheel drive model; and 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the AWD model. The 5.0 V8 will output 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, with a fuel economy of 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
Thanks to an updated and retuned suspension, the 2015 Genesis feels agile and responsive while being comfortable on the highway. This version definitely has the luxury car feel to it, not in the BMW 5 series class but it is responsive to driver input. Standard paddle shifters provide smooth shifts but in Sport mode, the shifts are more aggressive. In the normal or eco mode, the Genesis gives a smooth comfortable ride on the open road with a quiet interior cabin.
The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata has been redesigned inside and out. According to Kelley Blue Book, the new Hyundai Sonata is one of the “15 Best Family Cars of 2015”. It is also one of the more attractive cars in its class for 2015.
If you have not considered a Hyundai before, it is hard to ignore the last leading 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. With tough competition from Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Hyundai Sonata is holding its own.
Hyundai is attempting to lure more buyers by adding more features and even a bit of luxury for less than their current competition.
Standard features on the 2015 Sonata include driver’s blind spot monitor, air conditioning, power windows with pinch protection, power locks, stability and traction control, Bluetooth, iPod and USB ports, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback that leads to a large trunk space.
Optional equipment (standard on some models) include 8” touchscreen that can be used for navigation, HD Radio, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, ventilated front seats, smart cruise control with stop/start capability, and heated front, and rear seats.
The 2015 Sonata offers 4 different engine options such as the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, a 2.4-liter inline-4, an all-new 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a 2.4 litre 4-cylinder hybrid. However, Hyundai expects the 2.4-litre 4-cylinder (inline) engine will be their bestseller. This 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission engine produces 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can expect 25 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.
The redesigned 2015 Sonata gets an interior that rivals its competition. The overall interior layout is similar to the Accord’s and has great ergonomics, and lots of space for 5 adults.
On the outside the Sonata went for the “an athlete in a well-tailored suit” look literally. Their designers actually scoped out athletes at various red carpet events and used that as inspiration for the exterior design. The 2015 model has a lower athletic stance with redesigned sports taillights.
You can get the 2015 Sonata SE for $825 less than the Honda Accord and $1,275 less than the Toyota Camry.
The base model of the 2015 Sonata is around $22,000 while the SE Sport will start around $24,000.
Eco trim has a starting price tag of a little over $24,000 and the Sport 2.0T for just under $29,400.
In terms of resale value, the previous models of Sonata were in the middle of the pack and it seems like the new 2015 Sonata will also be in this range when it is time to resell.
Hyundai enjoyed a comeback in the month of February as sales rebounded strongly. The organization rose from a chilly January with reportedly record February numbers. Overall, sales skyrocketed 7 percent over February 2014, which was attributed to severe bad weather that stifled several dealerships. Incidentally, it must be said that the weather in February was also terrible, however, sales figures didn’t follow suit.
HMA’s VP of National sales, Bob Pradzinski, enthusiastically stated that “Even the treacherous weather across the country couldn’t keep shoppers away from dealerships in February, with consumer spending and confidence continuing to grow at the fastest pace in years, customers bought Hyundai’s in record numbers, giving us the best February in our history.” If that’s not great news for all Hyundai fans to be optimistic, we don’t know what is.
However, the stars did not quite align for other automakers, several of which far under-performed according to analyst’s expectations. Honda, General Motors, Nissan and Chrysler enjoyed gains of approximately 6%. US sales of Fords declined almost 2%. Volkswagen’s sales also declined, but a more significant 5.2%.
Autodata corp. reports that as a whole, industry sales increased 5.3% to 1.25 million, however, analysts had predicted expected gains upwards of 8 or 9%. Nevertheless, reportedly, Subaru and Toyota announced sales increases in the double-digits sufficient to maintain the overall sunny outlook of the sector going forward.
Hyundai’s remarkable rise was attributed to sales of the Sonata and Elantra models. It’s significant to note that both models are manufactured at the Montgomery plant that was responsible for more than 50% of the company’s sales figures for the month of February. Unfortunately, the exact Montgomery production figures were not yet made available Tuesday. Furthermore, sales for the Genesis sedan increased by an incredible 175% over the previous year. All three US built models showed increases as well. The aforementioned Elantra showed a slight 1% uptick, however, Santa Fe Sport and Sonata showed increases of 42% and 33% respectively.
Workers reportedly logged extra hours on Saturday in February, which could set a precedent as the plant tries to cope with increased demand. Going forward, sales numbers are expected to remain on an upward trend entering the historically lucrative spring buying season.
In US News & World Report’s “Affordable Midsize Cars” category, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata ranked No. 2 on the list of 18. This ranking for the new Sonata is based on safety and reliability data along with published reviews and test drives.
US News & World Report also named the 2015 Sonata was named the “Best Midsize Car for the Money” in its class due to the many positive reviews combined with long term ownership costs.
One of the more impressive aspects of the refreshed model is the Sonata’s interior design and materials, which are more upscale than many of its competitors’. Automotive reviewers also praise the Sonata’s quiet cabin and cavernous back seat.
The Sonata has been fully redesigned for 2015. It seats 5 and will be available in SE, Eco, Limited, Sport, and Sport 2.0T trims. All Sonata models come standard with a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine and 6-speed front wheel drive transmission. However, the Sport 2.0T models will come with a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine. In addition, the Eco models include a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 1.6 liter and a 7-speed transmission (automated manual).
The Sport 2.0T version is a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-litre engine, which packs more punch on the highway compared to the Sonata’s 6-cylinder rivals in terms of power.
A 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine powers the new Sonata Eco. A six speed automatic transmission is standard on all models except the Eco, which has a 7-speed automatic transmission. In terms of fuel economy, the 2015 Sonata offers 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. For a midsize car, this is impressive fuel economy.
Other highlights according to test drivers include Sonata’s well-balanced driving experience, comfortable smooth ride, exact steering, comfortable handling, and excellent braking power.
They also like the amount of space the back seat passengers receive. For its class the trunk is fairly large at 16.3 ft3. Satellite radio, USB/iPod input and Bluetooth come standard on the new Sonata. Some upgrade features include leather seats, panoramic sunroof, heated front and rear seats, and Hyundai’s Smart Trunk system. The Smart Trunk system by Hyundai automatically detects the key fob from behind, and automatically opens the trunk if it is detected for more than 3 seconds.
Other technological features available as upgrades include adaptive cruise control that can slow the car to a complete stop, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear view camera, and a 5-inch infotainment system with touch screen (8 inches with navigation). Reviewers like the user friendliness of the system and they found it attractive. They also liked that the audio, navigation and climate controls are apart from the touch screen infotainment system.
Visit Chapman Hyundai for more details about Hyundai or to test drive one of their latest models.
In the market for a new attractive hybrid vehicle? The redesigned Hyundai Sonata Hybrid may just be what you are looking for. With a refreshing new look and an impressive array of standard equipment, the Hyundai Sonata provides a stylish and fuel efficient option for new car buyers.
The Sonata Hybrid is powered using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor combined with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The Sonata Hybrid has the ability to drive up to 75 mph on its electricity alone. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is even expected to get an impressive 44 mpg! Hyundai credits the Sonata’s impressive fuel numbers to a piece of equipment called a Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (aka TMED.) The TMED helps to boost the Sonata’s fuel economy nearly 10% higher than the previous generation Sonata. The Sonata Hybrid was created with an engineering effort that utilized wind tunnel testing technology to contribute to an industry-leading coefficient of drag, which contributes to greater fuel efficiency.
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is recognized for its luxury-grade features. Buyers have the ability to choose between options including a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, rear window sunshades and an adaptive cruise control system. Additional optional features include lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert systems and forward collision warnings. A back-up camera comes standard combined with an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system. With more interior volume than any other hybrid in its class, the Sonata stands apart for those seeking more space. With 60/40 split-folding rear seats, the Sonata is spacious and also available with a hands-free smart trunk that automatically opens upon the sensing of a Proximity Key.
Cosmetically, the Hyundai Sonata features a unique front bumper with optional headlight graphics and wheel designs guaranteed to set your vehicle apart from the crowd. It comes with a larger and more impressive front grille design and a rear bumper that features distinctive tail light designs. The Sonata Hybrid provides standard safety features that include 4-wheel ABS, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, six airbags, plus BlueLink Connected Care that has the ability to connect you with help when an accident takes place.
If you are a new car buyer looking for an impressive driving experience or you are interested in trading in your old vehicle for a more stylish ride, stop by Chapman Hyundai to test drive the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.