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     Hyundai Motor Company revealed the redesigned Elantra compact sedan and it includes a more mature and streamlined styling along with better fuel economy and a more powerful engine. Called the Avante in Korea, it will officially be unveiled in the US at the LA Auto Show in November.
The 6th generation small car provides better driving dynamics by using more lightweight high-strength steel and overhauling the suspension system.
In a press release the South Korean automaker stated that their engineers dampened noise and vibration by redesigning the windscreen wipers, insulating rear-wheels and by adding thicker door glass.
In the U.S. market, the Elantra is Hyundai’s bestselling nameplate and through August sales were up 10% to 173,238 units. Hyundai wants to be seen as providing quality and handling, which is why they have refined the ride.
Hyundai stated that it isn’t only great design that improved the all-new Hyundai Elantra over its predecessors. Also upgraded were the Elantra’s fuel efficiency, power output, safety features, comfort and extensive use of technology. Hyundai Motor Group’s r&d unit Vice Chairman Yang Woong-Chul unveiled the Elantra’s new design at a ceremony just outside of Seoul at the company’s Namyang technical center.
The next generation of Hyundais will have many high-tech improvements such as a seat that remembers the drivers favorite seating position, automatic dimming of high-beam lights, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot detection. Other upgrades will include a hands-free auto-opening trunk and rear cross-traffic alert.
On the outside the look was more refined which was accented by slim headlamps that are sporty and clean lines. A large hexagonal grille was also introduced. Due to a 32% boost in high-strength steel use, the car is a bit longer and wider than its predecessors.
Under the hood the Elantra is powered by either a 1.6-liter direct-inject has engine or by a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine. Hyundai is also producing a 1.6-liter diesel engine. Engines might be different in some markets.
The transmission choices are a 6-speed automatic, a 6-speed stick or a 7-speed dual clutch. The DCT will only be available on the diesel models.
It is not clear when it will be available in other markets at this time. However global sales are expected to reach 700,000 next year, 110,000 of which will be sold in the home market and the other 590,000 being sold overseas.
The U.S version will be made in Montgomery, Ala. and will be available at Chapman Hyundai when it comes to market.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels®, Hyundai Motor America’s non-profit organization has been battling childhood cancer for 17 years and will give $10.5 million to hospitals across the U.S for research grants during September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Hope On Wheels’ campaign theme Every Handprint Tells a Story pays tribute to the brave children and families across America who are battling this horrible disease. Over $100 million has been awarded by Hyundai Hope On Wheels since 1998 to fund research into childhood cancer.

The 2015 campaign for Hyundai Hope on Wheels – Every Handprint Tells a Story is told via its refreshed web portal and the new microsite of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In essence every handprint is unique and with it are stories, desires, dreams and hopes of children affected by cancer, be it from finishing a round of chemotherapy, celebrating a new full head of hair or simply playing their favorite sport.

In the portal and social media channels, visitors will see a number of videos highlighting childhood cancer patients and their families with stories of hope and bravery. The website will also showcase the 2015 grant winners and their research project overviews. There will also be an interactive section, where visitors can help the fight by changing their avatar on social media, share stories of courage and hope on social media or by donating money to fund research. One family will be selected weekly to share their story on the Hope On Wheels website as well as social channels. A new public service announcement (PSA) will be launched by Hope On Wheels asking the public to join them by encouraging them to #EndChildhoodCancer. Children, parents, doctors and supporters bring the video to life by sharing their story of their battle with kid’s cancer. Visit Hope On Wheels to see the PSA and you can share it on social media. To join the fight against childhood cancer, go to the Hope On Wheels website and click ‘Add My Handprint’. One million decals have been mailed to current Hyundai owners and dealerships including Chapman Hyundai. To show your support during September, you can pick up your decal at dealerships like Hyundai in Phoenix.

The September campaign for Hope On Wheels also included “DC Days” which is a number of initiatives that create awareness of childhood cancer to honor the brave kids, families and medical researchers who are fighting kids cancer on the front line. A joint press conference will be held by the organization and the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, which is co-chaired by U.S. Representatives.


Bold and Brawny is Style for 2016

With a redesigned exterior that means business, new turbocharged engine and larger interior, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is out to claim its rightful place in the compact SUV marketplace. The new Tucson is 3 inches longer than its predecessor and an inch wider, but the overall styling is beefier than last season’s. The new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine not only provides more pop than last year’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four cylinder, but the addition of a seven-speed dual clutch automatic takes the vehicle through its paces seamlessly. Stop by your Phoenix Hyundai dealer to check out the changes to the Tucson before you buy anything else.

Offers Smoother, Quieter Ride

Hyundai engineers really took some time to fine-tune the suspension of the new Tucson to take out the bumps and make most pot holes disappear. Not only is the ride smoother, but added sound-deadening material helps take the road noise away. This makes long road trips much less tiring and allows you to enjoy the quality audio system Hyundai supplies. Hyundai is using higher quality materials on the interior this year. Depending on the trim level, you can either get plush leather with padding and dashboard stitching, or stain-resistant cloth seats that still provide plenty of comfort. The Tucson offers a decent amount of rear legroom, allowing adults to sit in the rear without first warming up.

No Smartphone Apps Yet

Although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available for some Hyundai models, there’s no such luck for this year’s Tucson. The company does offer a standard 5-inch touch screen that’s easy to navigate in its base model and a larger 8-inch screen in the Limited trim level. The buttons are easy to figure out, making switching between hands-free phone and music a snap. Go sit in the new Tucson with a visit to Chapman Hyundai and see how ergonomically comfortable all the controls are.

New Safety Technology Available on Sport and Limited Trims

With safety technology like blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert standard on the Sport and Limited models, Hyundai is constantly coming up with ways to make roads safer. All trim levels have rear view cameras, while only the Limited trim has the option of some of the more sophisticated safety measures like pedestrian detection. The new Tucson starts about $1,000 more than last year’s model at $23,595. It is the lowest-prices compact SUV on the market.


Game Day Experience Coming to Arizona State

When the USC Trojans visit the ASU Sun Devils on September 26 for a football game, the Hyundai #Thisisloyalty campaign will be on campus to connect with passionate fans from both schools. Now in its fifth year, the program is designed to show how loyal football fans and loyal auto buyers have many of the same characteristics. “By continuing our college football marketing campaign, we are connecting with the next generation of car buyers and reaching football fans throughout the entire week,” said Jacquelyn Kim of Hyundai North America. “Loyalty means everything to this generation, as well as having the best experience possible with a brand.” Visit your Phoenix Hyundai dealer, Chapman Hyundai, to see why Hyundai drivers are some of the most loyal in America.

Commercial Shows How Loyalty Seals the Deal

In the days leading up to the local appearance, Hyundai will be running local television ads that show how loyalty to sports and autos connects buyers and dealers. Sitting in a Hyundai dealership, the customer notices the walls are festooned with decorations loyal to a particular team. Radio spots on local coaches shows, like that of ASU’s Todd Graham, will help reinforce the loyalty connection. School message boards and other sites will also feature advertising based on the loyalty theme.

Hyundai FieldHouse Shows up on Game Day

Leave a little early for the ASU game on September 26 so you can enjoy the Hyundai FieldHouse. This 2,400 square foot structure goes up literally overnight and is filled with big screen TVs, games and local celebrities who will sign autographs and talk to the fans. Last year, more than 10 million fans took advantage of a visit to the Hyundai FieldHouse. Naturally, Hyundai’s latest lineup will be available for viewing. If you see one you’d like to drive, head over to Chapman Hyundai for a comprehensive test drive. After all, you don’t want to miss the kickoff.

Road Show Ends at Sun Bowl December 26

The final appearance for the Hyundai road show this year will be at the Hyundai Sun Bowl the day after Christmas. This is the 82nd season for the Sun Bowl, which pits teams from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences against each other. Following the ASU game, the roadshow and FieldHouse will travel to 14 more regular season games, with highlights including Michigan at Ohio State on November 21 and Auburn at Alabama on November 28.

The U.S powered SUV market has held back Hyundai Motor Company’s sedan-heavy line up in the US and they are considering producing bigger SUVs that will have the Genesis luxury sedan as its basis.

It could however take up to 3 years for the new SUVs to go on sale. The South Korean automaker’s maintains a unique track record for bigger SUVs but without any pickups, it may be a challenge to penetrate the high-margin SUV market in the US and Japan.

There isn’t any guarantee that Hyundai will proceed with making the new SUV though as the brand isn’t known for its pricier SUVs and there is no guarantee that oil prices won’t skyrocket again and dramatically lessen the demand for gas guzzling SUVs.

Based on an internal proposal Hyundai is contemplating an SUV influenced by the Genesis that will satisfy the high end of its SUV line. The ultimate goal would be to improve Hyundai’s brand image overall and also tap into the Genesis market.

Sales of the Genesis increased over 30% from January to May with sales of nearly 15,000 vehicles, which is might higher than the overall 2.2% sales increase for Hyundai.

Hyundai will stop production of its largest SUV the Veracruz by the end of next month according to a labor union publication in South Korea. Hyundai sold less than 5,000 Veracruz vehicles last year in South Korea compared to 54,325 worldwide in 2007.

Hitting a Fork in the Road

Hyundai is still a high performing automaker in the US market, but Hyundai sales decreased by 10% from the year before. This is the company’s biggest decrease in almost 5 years and they are falling behind the market’s 2% gain.

In 2015, Hyundai’s sales were down slightly, which represents a possibility to increase performance among the leading automakers. A weak yen that benefits Japanese rival automakers also played an important part.

SUVs and truck sales are booming in the US and South Korea which are Hyundai’s 2nd and 3rd biggest markets after China, but there are only 2 Hyundai SUV available in the US market – The compact Tucson, the mid-size Santa Fe, but no pickups. On the other hand Toyota Motor’s America range has 8 SUVs and 2 pickups.

The IHS stated that 21% of Hyundai’s US registered vehicles were crossovers or SUVs compared to the 34% for the entire industry.

Where to Go From Here

Hyundai’s decision about making large SUVs with 3 rows of seats is based on the company’s prior experience.

The Veracruz luxury SUV model debuted in the US is 2007 but by 2013 it stopped selling there because of declining sales. Sister company Kia removed its largest SUV the Borrego or Mohave from the US market in 2011 after selling there of only 3 years.

Due to the highly success of the Tucson, especially at Phoenix Hyundai dealerships, Hyundai may have future capacity problems. The second production line must also be enough to satisfy the US market demand for the vehicle. Consequently, because of the popularity of the Tucson, it may not be ready until September. The proposed US plant to make SUVs is hypothesized to be ready by 2017.

According to HIS, pickups make up 14% of the US market and in response Hyundai is considering producing its first pickup based on the Santa Cruz midsize SUV.

To learn more about Hyundai and the automaker’s latest models, visit the Chapman Hyundai dealership.


Get ready! Hyundai is planning to sweep you off your feet as they move quickly toward extreme performance with its new concept car the N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. Hyundai is expanding its sporty “N sub-brand” with the hopes of winning supporters and haters alike by showing their potential (mostly in the digital world) when the checkered flag drops in September.

Hyundai wants to build more than just hype with this concept car, therefore their engineers have made it as functional as possible in an effort to highlight the widest possible selection of new technologies. Previously designed for Gran Turismo, as a Sony PlayStation video game specialty vehicle. For now it only exists in the digital world and the game is as close as anyone will get to drive it for now. Angela Hwang a Hyundai spokeswoman is tight-lipped regarding the details, saying that the vehicle is only a concept of what Hyundai is capable of producing and shouldn’t be confused as a production car anytime soon.

The unobtainable concept car won’t be Hyundai’s only focus in Frankfurt, they will also unveil the New Generation i20 WRC car to be used in the upcoming racing season. Previously unveiled in April this year, the i20 WRC is a very fast car, and fans are happy to finally have some specs.

Hyundai stated that engineers were diligently working on enhancing the ride of the car, it handling, design as well as performance in one go as a way to boost the company’s image, which is more commonly known for affordability, reliability and technology as opposed to aggression and power.

Hyundai jump started its motorsport pursuits by taking part in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2014. Car enthusiasts greeted their entry with a mixture of surprise, excitement, confusion, curiosity and with lots of interest. They weren’t blown out of the water, and they are full steam ahead on the asphalt too, hiring engineers from Lotus to help them fine tune the redesigned Genesis so it is up to American and European standards.

You might be asking what the “N” in Hyundai’s N-line stands for in its performance cars. Well it is for Namyang, where the company is based, just outside of Seoul and it also the location of its technical center. It is Hyundai’s equivalent to the AMGG, Type-R, TRD, M, Mopar and SVT of the performance world. If things go as planned, expect to see a new line of Hyundai high-performance cars at dealerships such as Chapman Hyundai toward the end of 2017.

Hyundai’s bold strategy to provide even more environmentally friendly vehicles than almost every car maker with the exception of Toyota might have slanted somewhat toward electric powered automobiles. This is coming from a source close to the company.

Hyundai’s all-electric (AE) hatchback nicknamed the “Prius fighter” will have a high-tailed and be aerodynamically efficient. It is due out towards the end of next year. Currently Hyundai sells only one plug-in vehicle – 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid which only has an electric range of 24 miles.

Hyundai will kick off a devoted design, not shared with any other Hyundai product, which could support a number of distinct effective powertrains.

Senior VP and head of Hyundai’s R&D Center, Ki-Sang Lee stated that the platform that Hyundai will use to build the dedicated hybrid will also be used for plug-in hybrids as well as battery-electric vehicles, with only a few minor exterior adjustments. Lee went on to say they will be producing batteries with higher-capacities and will have the option of vehicles with longer ranges but at a higher price.

The direct competition seems to be the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which will have a 200 mile battery range as stated by GM CEO Mary Barra in January and will have a base price of $34,500. Other competition would be the 2nd generation 2017 or 2018 model year Nissan Leaf. It will have a longer-range than the battery-electric vehicle from BMW.

Hyundai’s “Prius fighter” is expected to be launched later this year with the next Elantra subcompact sedan later in the year, which will make it a 2016 model. Hyundai also plans to release battery-electric model of that car within one year of that date. Many dealerships, including Chapman Hyundai looks forward to these arrivals.

Seeing that the 2016 Toyota Prius will be coming out soon, Hyundai might just pair their dedicated hybrid with an AE alternative model just to provide a unique selling point.

Toyota won’t be able to compete with this since they have no plans to sell a battery-electric car in the U.S. market. With the 4th generation Prius, Toyota is expected to offer a plug-in hybrid model and a year after a standard hybrid with an electric range as much as 30 miles. The Hyundai Prius fighter is also expected to have a plug-in hybrid model. Since Toyota is not expecting to produce a battery-only Prius, Hyundai can capitalize by offering all 3 models.

Look forward to these upcoming models from Hyundai at the Phoenix Hyundai dealership. Check out our latest vehicle lineup today.


Hyundai’s progressive engineers don’t think gas prices will remain this low for much longer and when gas prices begin to rise again, they will have two Sonatas ready to take advantage.

There are two new hybrids being released by Hyundai that have engines powered by gas and electricity proclaiming to be smooth and efficient. With innovative technology and state-of-the-art design upgrades, the auto maker wants to give drivers an uninterrupted ride that is highly fuel efficient. You only have to decide if you are going with a hybrid or plug-in.

Is there a difference between a hybrid and a PHEV? Although they both look very similar, with the exception of the plug in, they both have a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, but there are some noticeable and some not so noticeable differences that drivers should be aware of.

To begin with, the lithium-polymer battery pack on the plug-in is a bit bigger and more robust. This is why the PHEV has jumped ahead of other plug-in vehicles. The new Hyundai has a 24 mile range, which is a bit better compared to the current similar models by Honda and Ford.

The hybrid won’t be using just electricity to travel for long distances, however it will still get very impressive fuel efficiency – the EPA estimated number comes in at 42 mpg combined, . But the PHEV produces an impressive 93 MPGe, but remember those fuel efficiency numbers only count for 24 miles, then it has to be plugged back in for 9 hours. With a 220/240-volt set up, the time drops to 3 hours.

Once those 24 miles are done, the PHEV’s mileage reduces to 40 mpg combined, which is a bit less when compared to the standard hybrid. If your daily commute is longer, you will have to take those fuel efficiency numbers into careful consideration.

There are a couple of minor differences between the two models. The PHEV has a net horsepower of 202 while the hybrid comes in at 193. The Hybrid comes with 16″ alloy wheels while the PHEV has 17″ wheels. Automatic headlight control comes standard on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The PHEV comes with a few more standard features compared to the hybrid, like heated seats, rear cross traffic warning system, blind spot detection as well as a dashboard that includes a navigation system with an 8″ touch screen and a 4.2″ info display.

Besides these minor details, drivers can expect two Sonatas with their usual value-based feeling of luxury. See our collection of the Hyundai Sonata at Chapman Hyundai.