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Hyundai has made some serious headway on the push to autonomous vehicles with the recent completion of a 190 kilometer (118 miles) trip by a fleet of self-driving fuel cell vehicles in Korea. The event marks the very first time that such a trip has been completed by fuel cell electric cars, the ultimate in low-emission, environmentally friendly vehicles. “Hyundai’s philosophy for developing autonomous driving technology is to provide the highest level of safety combined with a high standard of convenience that our customers expect,” according to Hyundai Executive Jinwoo Lee. Although the autonomous vehicles still require more testing, you can receive a demonstration of all the sensor and camera-based safety technologies available on the current fleet when you visit Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

First Trip at High Speed

The vehicles averaged about 68 mph on the trip from Seoul to Pyeongchang, the first time autonomous vehicles have been driven at such a high speed for that long a distance. Of the five vehicles, three were the soon-to-be-released in Asia NEXO SUV, while the other two were the Genesis G80 luxury cars. All the cars demonstrated Hyundai’s vision for the future, which includes connected mobility, freedom in mobility and clean mobility. The human interaction on the drive consisted of hitting the “Cruise” and “Set” buttons and entering the navigation information. At that point the vehicles took off and easily merged with the flow of traffic. The cars managed lane changes, overtook slower vehicles and effortlessly went through the automated toll gates on the South Korean highway.

Building Off Las Vegas Demonstration

The vehicles utilized a number of features demonstrated in the 2017 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show that enabled them to acknowledge surrounding vehicles and make informed judgments when it came to intersections and other decision points. Hyundai even allowed for the possibility of a GPS signal being interrupted, outfitting sensors to pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location in places such as a tunnel. The trip came after hundreds of thousands of miles of testing to provide valuable data which was then incorporated into the test vehicles.

Will Provide Enhanced Connectivity for Passengers

Just having a car drive you around is nice, but you have to stay connected to the outside world. That’s why Hyundai is working on advanced connectivity features utilized through a new infotainment system. With “Home Connect,” you can view what’s going on in your house as well as control connected devices. “Assistant Chat” lets you ask questions using advanced voice recognition software, while “Wellness Care” can monitor the health of the passengers in your vehicle. The new technology also includes a karaoke function to turn your new car into a rolling nightclub. Look for these vehicles to come to Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale as early as 2021. Until then, you’ll just have to sing along to the radio.

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the perfect place to unveil the new Hyundai Veloster N, the high-performance version of the company’s 3-door compact sports car. The new N model line-up is geared to make a driver’s heart beat just a little bit quicker and his or her smile grow just a bit wider when behind the wheel. Exciting cornering ability, great acceleration and phenomenal driving capability are just some of the attributes of this new entrant into the Hyundai family. “Veloster N takes Hyundai to a new level of purchase consideration for true driving enthusiasts in the U.S. Market,” according to the head of Hyundai’s performance division, Albert Biermann. “The Veloster N is another example of Hyundai Motor’s capabilities, creating an exciting sports car with thrilling dynamics combined with a compelling affordability equation is key to the N high-performance concept.” Look for the new Veloster N as part of the 2019 model lineup at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Comes With Turbo Power

The new Hyundai Veloster N comes packed with power, with an available 275 horsepower coming out of a 2.0L turbocharged motor. With up to 260 pound feet of torque, you’ll definitely feel the G force as you launch off the line, whether you’re at the track or off to get your morning coffee. A two stage induction system reduces the familiar turbo lag, providing plenty of oomph across all RPM ranges. The engine is matched with a sporty 6-speed manual transmission, with a short throw to help you zip through the gears. A double-layer clutch disc helps you achieve increased launch ability with added torque. A multi-mode exhaust system delivers a spirited crackle whether you’re shifting up through the gears or down.

Delivers Head-turning Style

The exterior of the Veloster N maintains the familiar 3-door style that is both unique and functional, offering easy back access. A special “N” front grille is a departure from the traditional Veloster look, with dedicated front air vents to help keep the engine cool. Special rocker sills and 19-inch wheels with a stunning star design make the N model different from other Veloster models. The Veloster N also has a unique rear spoiler, sitting above a special rear fascia with an integrated diffuser and sporty dual high-flow exhaust. Move to the interior and you’ll notice the extra bolstering on the sport bucket seats, designed to keep you in place as you test your driving skills. Special N logo badging and a sport instrument design cluster all scream sports machine. A shift indicator ensures you get the maximum performance out of each gear range. Stay in touch with Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale to be among the first to take the Veloster N for a test drive.

For those of you who have put self-driving cars in the same “gee that’s nice but it will never happen” category as the flying cars you’ve been promised for years, it’s time to sit up and take notice. Hyundai recently went into partnership with Aurora, one of the leaders in self-driving technology, and promise to have a vehicle in production by 2021. That’s only three years away, or about the time that new lease you just entered into will expire. “We know the future of transportation is autonomous, and autonomous driving technology needs to be proven in the real-world to accelerate development in a safe and scalable manner,” according to Hyundai Vice Chairman Dr. Woong Chul Yang. “Combining our advanced vehicle technology that embeds the latest safety features with Aurora’s leading suit of Level 4 autonomous technology will advance this revolution in mobility in a leadership position.” Stay in touch with Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale for the latest news on the autonomous revolution.

Level 4 Still Requires Some Oversight

To get technical, Hyundai and Aurora are promising a vehicle that has Level 4 automation, where the vehicle can operate by itself in some conditions without human oversight, but still needs a person behind the wheel in other instances. Aurora has spent the last 20 years perfecting the software and hardware required to produce a vehicle that can operate on busy roads without human supervision. The Level 4 testing in real world situations is the next step on the road to totally autonomous driving. “Aurora is excited to partner with Hyundai Motor to make the social benefits of self-driving available globally,” said Aurora CEO Dr. Chris Urmson. “This partnership combines Hyundai’s strengths in vehicle design, safety and manufacturing with Aurora’s expertise in self-driving technology to make a positive difference in the world.”

Fuel-cell Vehicle First in the Hopper

The first vehicle to test the autonomous driving hardware and software is the latest generation of Hyundai’s fuel-cell vehicle, which is currently on display at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics show. Autonomous driving requires a tremendous amount of power to support the communication and hardware necessary to make the vehicle respond quickly. Hydrogen fuel-cells provide the power without concerning drivers about driving range.

Sharing a Vision

Both Aurora and Hyundai share a vision of a world where driving is safer and more efficient. The two teams of engineers and support staff bring the needed experience and skills needed to take the vision and implement it into a vehicle the general public can not only afford, but want to drive. Both companies share a common goal of implementing autonomous vehicles across the globe in a quick and safe manner. Remember to keep an eye on the technology coming out of Hyundai as they continue to test the boundaries of the traditional auto industry. The best place to do that is by taking an occasional test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Now offering a more athletic design with cutting-edge technology and advanced safety features, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson contributed to the best November sales month in the history of the company. This model year introduces a new 7-inch audio infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. HD Radio, heated seats and a number of other features make the Tucson the Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) that’s built for the modern driver. Head to Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale for a test drive today.

Total Design Integrates Sophistication and Smart Styling

“The Tucson exterior and interior designs intertwine sleekness with sophistication,” according to Scott Margason, director of product planning for Hyundai. “More functionality and practicality are featured within the 2018 Tucson, delivering a modern day CUV.” Along with a sporty design on the outside, the interior offers key amenities including proximity entry key, push button start, hands-free smart lift gate, panoramic sunroof, dual temperature control, auto dimming rearview mirror and heated front and rear seats. This year’s Hyundai Tucson keeps the base SE model, but  adds an SEL trim package and SEL plus. The Limited model is the top-of-the-line, including a heated steering wheel and advanced safety features. The innovative design of the dual-stage cargo floor and folding rear seats lets the new Hyundai Tucson offer more storage space than some mid-size SUVs.

Choose from Two Engines

Whether you choose the 1.6L turbocharged motor that generates 175 horsepower or the 2.0L four-cylinder that produces 164 horses, the new Tucson offers plenty of pep for maneuvering through city traffic or taking a weekend run up into the mountains. The turbo engine mates with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the larger engine is integrated with a 6-speed automatic that also offers a manual shifting mode. Both engines deliver near 30 mpg in combined city and highway fuel mileage.

Style, Safety, Space and Warranty All Make Tucson a Top Choice

If you’re looking for a compact vehicle that’s easy to park while still allowing plenty of space for adults to co-mingle peacefully with groceries and the occasional trip to the hardware store, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson deserves your consideration. When equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and Dynamic Bending Lights, it earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Tucson’s aerodynamic style, configurable interior room and awesome 5-year/60,000-mile warranty are all great reasons to stop in at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale and take a new Tucson out for a spin around the block.

By acing one of the most important and respected tests in the field of automotive safety, both the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have earned the Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Hyundai also did well by earning Top Safety Pick designations for the Ioniq Hybrid, Tucson, Elantra, Elantra GT and the Sonata. “Hyundai was one of the leading brands for Top Safety Pick + and Top Safety Pick awards in 2018,” according to Hyundai VP Mike O’Brien. “The safety of our customers and their loved ones is paramount in our thinking when we design new vehicles.” Take advantage of special year-end offers now by visiting Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Vehicles Must Score High in Tests

“We raised the safety bar for 2018,” according to IIHS president Adrian Lund. “Now vehicles have to achieve an even higher level of safety. Our Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + awards help consumers zero in on the vehicles with the best overall performance for crash prevention and protection.” Vehicles have to score a rating of at least good in five different crash categories to earn a Top Safety Pick rating: head restraints, roof strength, side, small overlap front and moderate overlap front. Vehicles must also get a mark of “advanced” or “superior for front crash prevention and earn a “good” or “acceptable” mark for headlight illumination. To achieve the Top Safety Pick + designation, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe also had to earn an “acceptable” or “good” mark in passenger-side small overlap front testing and “improved” in the headlight rating.

Santa Fe Sport the Affordable SUV

With a starting price just north of $20,000 after manufacturer rebates, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is one of the most affordable SUVs on the planet. The Sport comes with a peppy 185 horsepower 2.4L engine in the base model, but a 2.0L turbocharged engine is available in two higher trim levels. With room for five and a host of technology, the Santa Fe Sport is an excellent choice for daily commutes and weekend adventures. Need more room? The Hyundai Santa Fe has room for up to seven with the power of a 290-horsepower 3.3L engine. The Santa Fe comes in three different trim levels, topped by the Limited Ultimate that offers the sophistication and luxury many SUV owners have come to expect. Swing by Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale soon to take advantage of Holiday savings now through January 2.