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The Google Assistant, a home electronic device that can do everything from turn on the lights to search the Internet for a good paella recipe using voice recognition technology, is now available to control Hyundais that utilize the Blue Link telemetry system. The Blue Link Agent allows you to simply tell your Google Assistant to program navigation, unlock your car or start it up and set the temperature to a specific degree. “We continue to lead the industry with these better customer-focused integrations,” according to Hyundai’s director of digital planning, Manish Mehrotra. “With the advent of Google Assistant’s capabilities, we want to provide Hyundai owners with the comfort of remote starting their car on a hot summer afternoon or the security of remotely locking their Sonata hybrid while it’s parked in the garage at the end of a long day.” This new technology will be available on the 2017 Hyundai IONIQ when it arrives soon at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Real World Examples of How This Works

Imagine you’re sitting at home and want to try out a new restaurant in town. You can simply tell your Google Assistant to “send the address of Bob’s Burger Joint to my Santa Fe.” The Assistant will find the address and confirm you want it sent to your Santa Fe. Upon your confirmation, you’ll find the address locked into your navigation unit. You can also quiz the Google Assistant about the weather, and then have it set the climate control in your new Hyundai accordingly. If you have a plug-in hybrid Hyundai IONIQ, just tell the Google Assistant to start charging your car and you’ll have a fully loaded battery when you’re ready to go out in the morning.

Features Include Honking the Horn

As with any app, there will be more features in the future, but for now the Google Assistant can take your Blue Link-enabled Hyundai and program the navigation system, honk the horn, flash the lights, start and stop charging, start the car, adjust the climate control and lock and unlock your vehicle. This service will be free for three years on all 2018 Hyundais as well as the 2017 IONIQ lineup. The Hyundai IONIQ hybrid is now available for a test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale. An all-electric IONIQ and plug-in hybrid will be available later this year. The IONIQ is the first vehicle in North America to offer three different types of powertrains, emphasizing Hyundai’s commitment to clean fuels and environmental accountability.

Noting that the Hyundai “stands out” in a field of competent competitors, the Automotive Science Group (ASG) recently honored the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for “Best All Around Performance,” and the Sonata sedan as “Best Economic Performance” in the field of full-size sedans. “In a highly competitive class, the Sonata is a standout that provides fuel efficient technologies at a best in class value,” according to the founding partner of ASG, Colby Self. “Additionally, five Hyundai vehicles earned ASG’s Best 5 All-Around Performance honors, further reinforcing Hyundai’s position as a market leader.” For the best selection of Sonata’s in the Valley, look no further than Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Selections Based on Ecological Economics

ASG has created the Automotive Performance Index (API), which combines social, economic and environmental performance when evaluating vehicles. This includes the cost of ownership for the first 6.5 years, including the initial cost of the vehicle. All three determining factors are equally important when it comes to evaluating a vehicle’s worth. Making sure that building vehicles does not overtax an already burdened resource system is an important part of ASG’s evaluation. “The recognition by ASG is a testament to Hyundai’s commitment to all aspects of performance and providing the best possible experience for our customers,” said Hyundai senior group manager Brandon Ramirez. “Our high marks across these measures demonstrates our drive to do better, not just in one aspect but across the board.

Sonata Hybrid Comes in Four Flavors

Most companies offer a hybrid model in one flavor, but the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes in a whole range of tastes. Choose the base SE and you still get modern features such as a proximity entry key, push button start and Blue Link telematics while still earning 45 mpg on the highway. Step up a smidge to the Limited and Hyundai adds blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, leather seats and sporty 17-inch alloy wheels. When you head to Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale for a test drive, make sure and look at the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Limited. These two models let you bring your vehicle to a full charge at night while the car rests in the garage. The Limited model also has an Infinity premium stereo system, Xenon headlamps, rear parking sensors and smart cruise control that keeps you a specified distance from the car in front. All the Hyundai Sonata hybrids have a lifetime battery warranty to go along with the limited 5-year, 60,000-mile bumper to bumper coverage.