Category: Technology

2018 Mazda6 Gets Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

The 2018 Mazda6 will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

If you’ve recently purchased the new 2018 Mazda6 or have been eyeing one of your very own, take note. Mazda has announced that it will begin offering Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ functionality for certain Mazda6 models this September via an update that can be installed for free at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.

Availability

The 2018 Mazda6 Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature will receive the upgrade at no additional cost, adding Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ in addition to an update for the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system and a new 2.1-amp USB port for faster charging. This service can be performed in two hours and is completely free of charge.

Trail Blazing

This will make the 2018 Mazda6 the first Mazda in the United States to offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, making it simpler for smartphone users to make hands-free calls, stream music, and access their favorite apps.

The 2018 Mazda6 takes the exceptional midsize sedan and makes it even better than ever with the added availability of the award-winning SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T engine and a significantly revised interior and interior. If you’ve been meaning to make an upgrade in your daily commute, there’s no better time than now and no better choice than the new Mazda6 — available at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.




Hyundai CRADLE Investing in Battery Developer Ionic Materials

Hyundai is investing in battery developer Ionic Materials to further clean, affordable batteries

It’s more and more apparent that the future of the automotive industry is in electrified vehicle technology, and Hyundai is working to stay ahead of the curve and innovate more than its competition. That’s why Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai’s corporate venturing and open innovation business arm, is investing in battery developer Ionic Materials. The investment will help Hyundai innovate with respect to the advancement of solid-state battery innovation.

Clean & Efficient Solutions

“Ionic Materials’ breakthrough technology could significantly improve battery technology today,” said John Suh, vice president of Hyundai CRADLE. “We are always looking for ways to ensure our cars provide the highest level of clean and efficient solutions. Our investment in Ionic Materials will keep us at the forefront of battery development, allowing us to build better eco-friendly vehicles.”

Better Batteries

The benefits that solid-state batteries have over lithium ion include improvements in safety, performance, and cost-effectiveness. Solid state batteries promise better efficiency at a lower cost than today’s technology, and Hyundai’s investment puts it at the forefront of bringing the technology to the masses.

Hyundai Leads The Way

Ironically, Ionic Materials’ name is evocative of the Hyundai Ioniq, the new midsize sedan available with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric powertrain options. This innovation, as well as the investment in Ionic Materials, makes Hyundai today’s leader on the road to a greener future.

To see more of Hyundai’s eco-friendly innovations for yourself, stop into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Mazda Adds Smartphone Integration Software to Lineup

Mazda launched the all-new-and-improved 2017 CX-5 back in March with tons of awesome new features and upgrades based on customer feedback on previous models, but when the launch happened, Mazda spilled another exciting secret—Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are coming to the brand’s lineup. Smartphone integration software like these two systems has been taking the auto industry by storm, allowing people to interact with a familiar user interface on a touchscreen from the comfort of the driver’s seat.

Mazda didn’t announce when the launch of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would be happening, but they did drop some potentially very exciting info for drivers who already own Mazda vehicles with the MazdaConnect system—all existing MazdaConnect systems should be able to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrades with minimal hardware installations. That means that if you already have a Mazda model, getting smartphone integration software will be a cinch, so you don’t have to miss out on the latest tech.Smartphone Integration Software in 2017 CX-5

Mazda has been partnered with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto since 2014, so developing smartphone integration software for the lineup has been in the cards for years now. Stay tuned for when news of the systems’ launch date or hardware upgrades becomes available, and get in contact with us here at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi for more info.




Mazda Aqua-tech Paint Technology Spreading Overseas

MazdaMazda Aqua-tech Paint technology, the lowest-impact auto painting method in the world, has been used exclusively in Mazda’s Ujina Plant No. 1 in Japan since its installation in 2012.

The method, which combines state-of-the-art paint with innovative energy-saving technologies, was recognized last year by the Prime Minister of Japan for its exceptionally low emissions. According to Mazda, Aqua-tech lowers emissions 78% from its previous and already low-impact oil-based paint systems without increasing energy use.

Now, three years after its initial installation in Japan, Mazda is bringing the Aqua-tech system to its production facility in Jiangsu, China. This marks only the second time the system will be used in a facility and the first time it has been installed at an overseas plant.

Mazda cites that Aqua-tech produces the same quality finish as its previous paint system and systems used by other automakers. Mazda is committed to reducing both CO2 and Volatile Organic Compound emissions, and will most likely gradually introduce Aqua-tech to its other plants in Japan and around the world.



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.




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.




Mazda Dealership Redesign Offers Upscale Appeal

MazdaMazda has unveiled its new “Retail Evolution” dealership store design at Mazda of Everett in Seattle. The upscale redesign exemplifies the direction the brand is moving, and six dealerships are expected to be finished by the end of 2015, with 75 more stores projected to get the overhaul by the end of 2016.

Mazda’s previous design, “Retail Revolution,” featured an orange and green color palette with industrial metal siding in an effort to appeal to young buyers. According to Automotive News, the new Mazda dealership design will feature bold but sophisticated design elements including a black and white color palette.

“We’re looking at this through a customer lens,” Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American said. “We’re attaining a much more sophisticated customer than we were in the past, and we want to make sure that our retail experience fits with what these customers are looking for.”

Besides a new color scheme, natural materials, and modern décor, the dealerships will also feature high-tech elements. For example, Mazda of Everett boasts a video wall behind the reception desk that is built from nine 55-inch Samsung TVs. The wall streams engaging footage through the course of the day. In addition, free Wi-Fi and charging stations are available.

Here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi, we expect the Mazda dealership redesign will offer buyers a even greater premium buying experience.




Hyundai Releases DIY Android Auto Installation Instructions

When it comes to in-vehicle technology, Hyundai has often been on the leading edge of development. The brand’s most recent move will only serve to strengthen its reputation.

Technology is becoming more and more advanced every day. Upgrades are a simple fact of life now. With many vehicles out there, it seems you have to drive yours to the dealership to let a technician install new software. In other words, upgrades are relegated to the realm of the “experts.”

Hyundai is putting the power of the upgrade into your hands, however, if you own a 2015 Hyundai Sonata with navigation. The automaker just released DIY Android Auto installation instructions to the masses.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata

Users need to go their MyHyundai portal and register if they haven’t already done so. Navigating the portal and downloading the software onto a USB drive is extremely easy. The user then moves the software from the USB stick to their Sonata via the USB port. Find instructions for DIY Android Auto installation here.

As far as production vehicles are concerned, Hyundai is first automaker to feature Android Auto. Michael Deitz, Senior Group Manager of Connected Care of Hyundai Motor America, said in a press release, “Hyundai is continuing to offer the best user experience possible by leveraging its MyHyundai platform, so customers have the option to update their car–their way.”