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CUV Sales Boost Overall Totals
Hot sales by the Hyundai lineup of crossover utility vehicles (CUV) gave the company the best August ever in terms of overall sales. This comes right at the time Hyundai is releasing its new line of Genesis luxury cars. The G80 is now available for a test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale, soon to be followed by the premium G90. “Strong performances by our family of CUVs led us to our best August ever,” according to Hyundai national sales VP Derrick Tatami. “It’s a similar story to the past couple of months we see continuing as the summer draws to a close.” Now is the best time of the year to make a deal on 2016 models as dealerships need to make room for the 2017 Hyundai lineup.
Santa Fe, Tucson Lead the Way
Very strong sales from the CUV lineup of the Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport and smaller Tucson were the main reason for the record month. The Santa Fe, Hyundai’s midsize utility vehicle, had a 69 percent increase from the previous year. The Santa Fe Sport was up 21 percent and the Tucson had a 15 percent increase. With fuel efficiency reaching 28 mpg on the highway and a starting price tag of just $25,350, the Santa Fe Sport is the mid-range of the Hyundai CUV offerings. The Sport offers a 185 horsepower four-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic and 71.5 cubic feet of interior cargo room to haul everything from kids to antiques. Bluetooth connectivity, a suite of available driver assistance safety features and America’s best warranty program make the Sport a no-brainer for daily commutes or a weekend excursion.
Genesis G80 Off to Strong Start
Hyundai executives are thrilled with the initial month of G80 sales, indicating that the new luxury line is filling a void in the American marketplace. The company sold 1,497 of the sophisticated sedans in August, leading to optimism that the G90 will do just as well. “It’s exciting to see our first G80s being delivered to customers and we’re very happy with the reception it’s receiving,” according to Erwin Raphael, general manager for the Genesis line in the United States. “And I expect we’ll see the first G90s getting to our dealers later this month, another milestone moment for our nascent brand.” Whether you’re looking for a fun and versatile daily driver or a new take on a comfortable luxury sedan that still delivers plenty of performance, head over to your Scottsdale Hyundai dealer, Chapman Hyundai, and take a look at what’s new from Hyundai.
Luxury Brand Offers Voice Activated Controls
When the new luxury Hyundai Genesis G80 and G90 arrive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale for sale, they will be loaded with a variety of luxury features normally only available on much more expensive name plates. One of the features will be the ability to control your vehicle from home with the use of the Amazon Echo voice activation system. The Echo is a relatively new product from the online retail giant, which to date had been used to control the automation features of a home, including music, lights, temperature and security. When the new Genesis vehicles hit the streets, you can use the echo to access the Alexa virtual assistant and start your car, adjust the temperature, unlock or lock doors or simply find its location. Drivers who purchase a G90 will also receive an Amazon gift card.
Hyundai Takes Giant Leap Forward
Although Hyundai has a history of offering luxury vehicles such as the Equus, the creation of a Genesis lineup of extremely upscale cars takes the automaker to another level. Expected to arrive at dealerships sometime next year, the G80 and G90 are poised to compete against BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, offering the same quality and performance for a much lower price. The G90 has very few options, because its loaded with standard features such as noise suppression, power sunroof, leather dash, heated and ventilated seats, soft-close doors and a 17-speaker killer audio system. You can choose between a turbocharged 3.3L engine or naturally-aspirated 3.8L motor. Both will pin you back in your seat when you hit throttle. When combined with a superior suspension system with driver-adjustable dampers, the G90 blurs the line between sophistication and mind-blowing fun.
G80 Pairs Power With All Wheel Drive
Like its bigger brother, the Hyundai Genesis G80 comes with a technologically superior HTRAC all-wheel drive system that improves control in tough road conditions, as well as providing superior handling when you take those corners a little too quickly. You can choose from a 311-horsepower V6, or step up to the 32-valve V8 that produces 420 horses and 383 pound-feet of torque. Adjustable seats offer 16 different positions so you can be at your most comfortable on those long road trips. Premium leather seating and wood trim add to the level of sophistication on this modern executive sedan. Stay in close contact with the pros at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale to see when the new Genesis brand is ready for a test drive.
See Around Corners With New Safety Feature
By rotating the projector in the front headlights to reflect light in the direction the wheels turn, Hyundai has added an important new safety feature to the 2017 Sonata. Since the inception of the headlight, driving at night worked wonderfully as long as you stayed on a perfectly straight highway. Once you get on a dark country road with twists and turns, the illumination factor decreases rapidly every time you go around a corner. With Dynamic Bending Light, the new Sonata helps see animals, vehicles and other obstacles that might be lurking around corners. You can see and test drive the new Sonata now at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.
New Technology Comes With Lower Prices
Even with new safety technology available on the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, the base price of both the Eco and Sport 2.0T have dropped. You’ll notice a $600 price savings from last year on the Eco, and a stunning price reduction of $2,300 off the starting ticket on the Sport. Other safety features on the new Sonata include adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, lane assist, high beam assist, rear parking sensors and blind spot awareness.
Standard Features Help Keep You in Control
When you buy any model of the 2017 Sonata, you get a number of safety features that help keep you on the road and heading in the right direction in the case of inclement weather. Vehicle stability management, traction control and electronic stability control are all designed to help right the vehicle if you should start to skid out of control. In the case of a crash, the Sonata is outfitted with seven airbags to help protect you and your passengers. Every Sonata has four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes that come with electronic brake distribution, to make sure the proper amount of stopping power goes to each wheel.
Choose From Three Different Powertrains
Depending on the model of Sonata you choose, there are three different engines available for the 2017 model year. The base engine is a naturally-aspirated 2.4L that generates a respectable 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The Eco has a smaller 1.6L engine, but it’s turbocharged so it pumps out 178 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful engine available is the 245-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged GDI engine that mates with a six-speed transmission. Take some time and compare all the models in the Hyundai Sonata inventory at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale, then pick the one that best suits your driving needs.
Magazine Tests Exceed Advertised Mileage
Although the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco promises to get up to 40 mpg on the highway, the editors at “Car and Driver” found they got up to 43 mpg during a recent extended evaluation of the vehicle. As you might guess “Eco” means the newest addition to the Elantra stable is good for the environment, scoring hybrid-like efficiency without the extra cost of the hybrid setup. One of the main reasons for the Eco’s miserly efficiency is its turbocharged 1.4L engine that makes up for its diminutive size by creating more torque. It only takes the Eco 1400 RPM to release its peak 156 pound-feet of torque, creating a thrust that takes it from 0 to 60 mph half a second faster than other Elantras equipped with a 2.0L engine. Test the performance out for yourself by taking a test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.
New Transmission Also Separates Eco from Pack
Unlike other Elantras, the Eco has a dual-clutch, 7-speed transmission that also offers a manual shifting mode. The combination of the engine and transmission moves seamlessly through the gears as you build speed, providing plenty of power to get on a freeway or pass a large truck on a mountain climb. “Car and Driver” took it through its standard series of performance tests and the Eco did well for a car designed as an efficient commuter. The Eco powered through the quarter-mile run in just 16.2 seconds, hitting an impressive 87 mph. Top speed on the vehicle is limited by a governor to 120 mph. The Eco also hit 60 mph from a dead stop in 7.8 seconds. None of those numbers are going to impress a muscle car owner, but they do show plenty of pop to give drivers an occasional thrill behind the wheel.
Eco Driver Assistance Features Promote Safety
The Hyundai Elantra Eco has the same great driver assistance features as other Elantra models. Seven airbags are strategically located to protect the driver and passengers, including side and rear curtain airbags to help in the case of someone else t-boning your car. Pedestrian detection with automatic braking helps avoid collisions with someone who may come out of nowhere while your distracted with other traffic. If you’ve ever found your self drifting on those long lonely road trips, lane depature warning and lane keep assist will help keep you on the right path. Smart cruise control helps you remain a safe distance from the car in front, even applying the brakes if needed. The new Elantra Eco is an efficient alternative to hybrids costing thousands more. Check out the entire Elantra lineup at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.
Premier International Design Competition Picks Hyundai
The International Design Excellence (IDEA) competition is a yearly event that judges excellence in design, innovation, benefit to user, benefit to society, benefit to client and aesthetics. This year more than 1,700 entries from countries around the world gathered in Detroit to show off design in everything from automobiles to children’s products. A panel of judges awarded the 2017 Hyundai Elantra a bronze medal in the compact car segment, citing its “unique and outstanding design.” See the 2017 Elantra now in the showroom at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.
Award Confirms Hyundai’s Commitment to Unique Design
“This top honor for the 2017 Elantra shows that Hyundai is committed to creating bold and extraordinary designs,” according to Hyundai President and Lead Design Officer Peter Schreyer. “This award for the 2017 Elantra makes us proud and is a great recognition for our design leadership.” The Hyundai Elantra won in the compact car segment for its sporty aerodynamic design that offers a bold choice against competitors that cost thousands of dollars more. The 2017 Elantra is even priced $100 less than the 2016 model, offering consumers a greater value for an award-winning car.
New Sport Model Adds to Lineup
For 2017, the Hyundai Elantra has added a Sport trim package to the lineup for those seeking a little more performance in their daily drive. The Sport comes with a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine that tops the 200 horsepower mark, or about 53 more than the standard Elantra. Hyundai is offering a six-speed stick along with the seven speed automatic, giving drivers drivers the ability to power through the gears on a twisty country road. A multilink independent suspension on the rear end provides premium handling at higher speeds along with a smoother ride.
SE, Eco and Limited Models Round Out Lineup
For a starting price of $17,150, the base SE offers a lot of car for the money. Choose the automatic transmission and you get up to 38 mpg on the highway. Safety features such as tire pressure monitoring, electronic stability control, traction control and brake assist are standard on all Elantra models. All Hyundai cars come with the industry’s best warranty, with 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/10,000-mile powertrain coverage. Hyundai also offers Blue Link connectivity with the Elantra, allowing you to communicate with your vehicle via your smartphone or smartwatch. You can check vehicle status, lock or unlock the doors or simply find your car in a crowded parking lot. The 2017 Elantra is ready to test drive right now at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.