Category: Hyundai

2018 Sonata Preview

What’s better than a reliable, comfortable, well-made sedan? That would be an updated one, of course. On that note, one of our favorite mid-size sedans, the Hyundai Sonata, is getting some notable changes for the new 2018 Sonata model. The new model will show off new designs, updated features, and new standard technology, making it more desirable than ever before.

 2018 Sonata - Hyundai

You’ll notice the change in the 2018 Sonata from the beginning when it makes an entrance with its new, bold front end, headed by a larger grille. From there, subtle details enhance the Sonata’s silhouette, including updated taillamp graphics and a choice between new 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the roomy cabin of the 2018 Sonata gets updates to its steering wheel, its shift knob, and its HVAC controls. Also, new technology makes a ride in the 2018 Sonata feel even more modern than before, thanks to conveniences like available wireless charging and a rear-seat USB port. Additionally, smartphone compatibility will be the new standard in every 2018 Sonata with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built into every model. Driver-assist technologies like lane departure warning will also become available in the new Sonata, rounding out the new technological offerings nicely.

We should know more about the 2018 Sonata soon, but this new model year promises to be a good one. We can’t wait to take the first test drive and offer the 2018 Sonata on our lot at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.




Hyundai Virtually Reunited Military Families During Super Bowl

We all love seeing videos of military men and women coming home and surprising their loved ones. However, during the Super Bowl, Hyundai reversed the roles and surprised some overseas service men and women with a unique Super Bowl viewing experience.

For many Americans, the Super Bowl is something you watch with your family and is something that is truly American. In an ad, called “A Better Super Bowl,” that aired just after the Super Bowl ended, we saw how Hyundai reunited military families with some advanced technology.

At the U.S. Military Base in Zagan, Poland, Sgt. Richard Morrill, SPC Erik Guerrero, and Cpl. Trista Strauch had the unique opportunity to watch the Super Bowl in 360-degree immersive rooms that made them feel like they were actually at the game. Even better, their families were virtually with them as well.

Hyundai invited the three families to watch the game in their luxury box. After that, they placed stuffed bears that had some advanced 360-degree cameras and screens attached to it in a seat to represent each soldier.

Watch the ad below and we dare you not to cry.

Here at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi, we love seeing Hyundai work hard to support our troops.




Seven Consecutive Years of Hyundai Sales Growth

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - Memphis, TN

Hyundai is soaring higher and higher every year.

There was a time when Korean automakers were regarded as cheap, off-brand knockoffs of higher quality Japanese cars, but no longer. Between seven consecutive years of ongoing success and the debut of the brand’s new luxury Genesis sub-brand, Hyundai sales growth is all the evidence you need to prove that more and more drivers are flocking to the Korean carmaker as their first choice, rather than a flashier or trendier alternative.

For 2016, Hyundai posted a grand total of 775,005 units sold, a record number for the company in United States market. Sales dropped slightly in December by 1.9%, but Hyundai remained confident, with Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales in Hyundai Motor America, announcing that “consumer confidence surged in December, to the highest level in more than a decade,” allowing the company to capitalize on that and cross the finish line for a record year.

So is this drastic Hyundai sales growth streak going to continue? Representatives aren’t worried. Between the Tucson and Santa Fe nameplates setting personal records for December and growing sales for the Genesis sub-brand, Hyundai simply seems to be gaining steam, not losing it. Hyundai plans on gaining even more momentum over the course of 2017.




2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq Breaks Land Speed Record

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq, the first eco vehicle to be available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric modes, broke the land speed record for a production-based hybrid last November at 157.825 miles per hour. The record-breaking run, which took place at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, was followed by a display of the Ioniq at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Hyundai outfitted the record-breaking Ioniq Hybrid with different intake and exhaust piping, as well as a nitrous injection system and removed the air conditioner to allow as much power as possible to increase its speed. That mark of 157 mph is actually an average of two runs, the highest of which reached 160.7 mph.

A horsepower figure wasn’t given, but the modifications to the Ioniq probably increased its standard horsepower of 139. The Ioniq Hybrid did keep its standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, though, which is mounted to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission plus an electric motor between them.

Inside, everything was removed from the Ioniq hybrid and replaced with a roll cage, racing seat, 6-point harness, and a fire-suppression system for both lighter weight, which let the car go faster, and safety at such high speeds.

The hybrid and all-electric models of the Ioniq are set to launch sometime this winter, with the PHEV version being released in the summer.




Small 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Details Add Up to Big Changes

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport Interior

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport looks to be one of the most stylish and clever compact cars on the road in a small, fuel-efficient package. Of course, the Hyundai Elantra Sport has always been a favorite among drivers, but this year, it’s getting some major upgrades.

Transmissions

The new Elantra Sport comes with two transmission options: a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, both of which have been well received in the Elantra Sport prototype. Which will you choose?

Tires

The new Elantra Sport will come with standard Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 18-inch tires, which are designed for all-seasons with particularly aggressive rubber gripping. These tires increase the model’s handling and of course will make it easier to drive in poor weather conditions.

Interior

Lastly, the interior of the model has been slightly redesigned to fit a more modern theme, with subtle accents on the steering wheel, like a racing stripe, and much more. Overall, the sporty vibe is evident inside the new Elantra Sport.

For more 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport details – or to check out one of the many Hyundai models that we currently have available – contact us or visit us anytime, at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Hyundai Ioniq Debut Comes to United States

HyundaiNow you can catch a glimpse of the all-new Hyundai Ioniq. It made its United States premiere at the New York International Auto Show and showed what it has to offer.

This car will begin sales in 2017, offering Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric model versions. The Ioniq is already making history with these three distinct electrified powertrains on a single vehicle platform.

When you’re behind the wheel of the Ioniq, you’ll get advanced features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless smartphone charging. Plus you get amazing resolution in your 7-inch TFT instrument cluster that displays all of your driver information.

The Ioniq has an amazing, sleek design with aerodynamic features that give it a fluid exterior shape and cut down on wind resistance. The efficiency of the Ioniq is what’s really turning heads. The Ioniq Electric has an estimated 125 MPGe rating and offers ultimate mobility with an estimated driving range of 110 miles.

“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the US market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai North America.

If you’re interested in all this model has to offer, keep an eye out for when the Hyundai Ioniq debuts at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi!




Hyundai’s Super Bowl Commercials Use Superstar Talent

The Broncos may have won the Super Bowl, but the big winner of the night was Hyundai, at least when it came to commercials! The Hyundai brand released several creative commercials during the big game. Some of these advertisements played off of big celebrities and their larger-than-life attitudes. Here’s an in-depth look on how Hyundai’s Super Bowl commercials used superstar talent.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

“Ryanville”

Ryan Reynolds is one of the most popular actors in the world…so entering a town populated entirely by copies of Ryan Reynolds would certainly be distracting! That is the premise of Hyundai’s Super Bowl advertisement, which showcases how the brand new Hyundai Elantra helps drivers stay focused on the road, rather than on Ryan Reynolds.

“First Date”

Everyone knows that dads tend to be a little overprotective when dates are involved. However, comedian Kevin Hart takes things to the extreme with this hilarious commercial! Drivers can stay on top of things with the Hyundai Blue Link Car Finder system featured in this advertisement.




New Hyundai Self-Driving Tech to Be Made By the Automaker

Almost every automaker has joined the race toward autonomous, self-driving cars–and Hyundai is no exception. In fact, according to new reports, Hyundai may be developing its own autonomous chips and sensors.

Instead of relying on other companies to create the sensor technology necessary for self-driving vehicles, Hyundai plans to get ahead of the game, which could easily put the brand ahead as one of the first automakers to achieve autonomous driving.

We don’t know the specifics of what Hyundai is planning to develop, but it’s safe to assume that the chips and sensors would monitor potential hazards around Hyundai vehicles, making it a breeze for autonomous cars to avoid collisions.

What potential problems and concerns could arise from the growth of the self-driving car industry has yet to be seen.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the Hyundai self-driving tech soon, but in the meantime, we’re stuck actually driving our cars. To explore a Hyundai vehicle–or take one on a test drive–visit us anytime at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Maintenance Tips: Signs of a Bad Radiator

When your car starts to show signs of a bad radiator, it’s one of the most important parts to have replaced, especially as we enter the cold winter season. The radiator is vital for maintaining a normal temperature inside your engine, so without it your engine will overheat and stop working.

Overheating is the most noticeable sign of a bad radiator. While you’re driving, it’s important to keep an eye on the temperature gauge, which measures the internal state of your engine. If you notice it starting to raise past its normal level, pull over and let the engine cool off.

You might also notice puddles underneath your car. This can be a sign of a leak in your coolant system. The best way to find the source of the leak is to take the car to a mechanic and have a pressure test done, then have the source of the leak patched.

You might notice a sludge-like substance in your coolant tank as well. This usually indicates rusting, which will continue to affect your radiator, so you have to replace any rusting parts as well as flush your coolant system.

We at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi recommend taking good care of your car by keeping an eye on your radiator!




Hyundai Virtual Guide App Will Be First Augmented Reality Owner’s Manual

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata – Available at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi

The Hyundai Virtual Guide app, set to be released later this year, will make Hyundai the first automaker to introduce an owner’s manual with augmented reality. The Virtual Guide app will give drivers access to information on repairs, maintenance, and the vehicle’s features.

At first, the app will only be available with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, though it will soon become compatible with more vehicles. Any smartphone or tablet user can get the app through the Google Play Store or the iTunes Store. With the ability to track your car and retrieve information on various parts of your car, the Hyundai Virtual Guide will prove extremely useful for maintenance as well as education.

The app contains over 80 how-to videos, recognizes 45 features of the Sonata, has more than 50 informational guides, and lets users scan images of their vehicle to create 3D overlay images. This incredible array of features is aimed at educating drivers on all the things their cars can do and be more accessible for “the growing population of tech-savvy consumers,” as Hyundai puts it.