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Add Some Names to the Old Familiar Group

If names like Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Lincoln and Cadillac pop to mind when considering a luxury car, it’s time to open up that thinking box and let a few more automakers into the group. Luxury appointments like plush leather, fine wood trim, high-tech audio and navigation systems, plush rides and plenty of power are now available from automakers once known for creating discount rides. At the top of the new car luxury list is the Korean automaker, Hyundai. When first introduced to the United States, Hyundai automobiles were considered a second or third tier choice for people who needed reliable transportation without a lot of bells and whistles. With the introduction of the uber luxurious Equus and sporty Genesis, Hyundai is rapidly gaining ground on those iconic names.

Genesis Provides Sporty Option With Loads of Features

With a base engine that provides 311 horsepower, HTRAC all wheel drive and a suspension system developed in concert with a team of international engineers well-versed on driving the famous Nurburgring racing course, the Genesis provides a premium driving experience at a less than premium price. Two selectable driver suspension settings let you control the vehicle’s set up depending on conditions and your mood. Comfort mode delivers a pillow-like ride, while Sport mode lets you be a bit more aggressive in the corners. You need to be comfortable while driving, which is why Genesis has a generous 123 cubic feet of cabin space that features ultra premium vented leather seats, robust wood trim and all the fun technological gadgets you could ever want.

Equus Challenges Vehicles Twice the Price

Although its beginning $61,000 price tag isn’t inexpensive, the Equus has the stuff to back up its price and challenge European vehicles that come in well north of $100,000. A 429-horsepower V8 engine delivers all the performance you need while still earning 23 mpg on the highway. At 126 cubic feet of cabin space, it is more roomy than a Mercedes S550. Separate rear LCD screens keep backseat passengers entertained while enjoying a 598 watt surround sound system that simulates a concert hall experience. Supple leather seats, a suede headliner and ultimate wood trim add to the luxurious experience. The driver’s seat adjusts 12 different ways at the touch of a button. It is also heated and cooled to ensure your comfort no matter what Mother Nature is delivering. Drive the Equus and Genesis for yourself at your Phoenix Hyundai dealer, Chapman Hyundai and see why these two vehicles belong in the luxury car discussion.

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One of Most Affordable Compact Crossovers

With a starting price of $22,700, the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson provides a fun driving experience through modern technology, along with the latest in safety and entertainment features. It’s the perfect vehicle for the modern commuter or soccer parent who needs plenty of room and loads of power combined into a smart, sporty design. See the all-new Tucson now at Chapman Hyundai.

Available in Four Different Trim Levels

Depending on the size of your pocketbook and vehicle desires, the four different trim levels of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson offer something a little bit different for everyone. The base SE features a 164 horsepower 4 cylinder engine, automatic transmission and drive mode selector to shift between sportier and more comfortable driving situations. A rearview backup camera, touchscreen audio system and six-way adjustable driver seat are also standard on the base model. Power windows, door locks and mirrors come with the SE, as does keyless entry.

Eco, Sport and Limited Models Add More Features

Step up to the other three trim levels and you get even more features, including a hands-free lift gate, LED headlights and taillights, fog lights, chrome dual exhaust, push button start and roof rack side rails. Safety features include lane departure warning, automatic braking when a pedestrian is present, rear parking sensors and blind spot detection. You also get a larger touchscreen system with navigation on some of the higher-priced models along with a 405-watt audio system. More connectivity was the goal for the new Tucson and Hyundai engineers have delivered that in spades. The navigation system connects to Yelp, Pandora and Apple’s Siri to give you a hands free communication experience. Three different levels of Hyundai Blue Link service are available, some of which can be controlled by Android operating systems. Sunroof, leather seats, power seats and more quality interior trim are also available as you move up the trim level ladder. You can also add a large engine in the more premium models.

Comes in Front Wheel and All Wheel Drive

The front wheel drive model of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson gets significantly better gas mileage than the all wheel drive verson. Expect about 31 miles per gallon on the highway from the front wheel drive, while all wheel drive only nets about 26 mpg. Depending on the type of conditions you normally drive in, you might want to opt for the all wheel drive version, which automatically sends power to the wheel with the most grip, to keep you out of trouble during tough road conditions. Drive the new Tucson for yourself at Chapman Hyundai.

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Do you believe operating a vehicle with a watch is something you only see on those futuristic shows? Well not so anymore! The owners of Hyundai vehicles can now flash their car lights remotely in a packed parking garage, lock or unlock the doors and even turn on the ignition from virtually anywhere using an Apple Watch with the new BlueLink application. Being a leader in automobiles that are connected, Hyundai is always searching for the best ways to connect drivers with their automobiles. The most up to date BlueLink App also includes the companion app for the Apple Watch. You can now download it for free from the App Store.

Frank Ferrara, the Executive VP of customer satisfaction at Hyundai Motor America, stated that providing customers with apps like BlueLink that connects to their additional high-tech features is important. The newer Sonatas have iPhone integration, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and a smart trunk which opens automatically if you stand behind the vehicle.

The cloud-based BlueLink system in Hyundai automobiles uses smart phones and smartwatches to activate features like service data and remote starting. To use the new app, the driver just taps an icon on the Apple Watch or uses voice commands to activate the functions remotely. The microphone icon on the Apple Watch turns on the voice feature and the driver can say commands like “Find my car”, “Lock my car” or “Start my car”.

The Apple Watch BlueLink app is compatible with the first and next generation Hyundai vehicles equipped with BlueLink.

The BlueLink first generation system came out on the 2012 Sonata and by 2013 had expanded to other Hyundai models. The 2015 Azera, Sonata and Genesis will have the next generation of Blue Link apps.

The Apple Watch app will offer BlueLink users (this includes the first generation owners) even more options when they are interacting with Hyundai automobiles.

The following Apple Watch BlueLink application features will now be included (even voice activated):

– Start the Engine Remotely
– Stop the Engine Remotely (Only if the car is already in remote engine start mode)
– Lock / Unlock Door Remotely
– Flash Lights / Honk Horn Remotely
– Vehicle Status
– Find Vehicle
– Parking Meter

Check out the latest Hyundai models at Chapman Hyundai. Visit your Phoenix Hyundai dealership for more information about the Apple Watch BlueLink app that will power your Hyundai vehicle.