Hyundai Prepares to Reveal i30 Fastback Coupe Model

Last year, Hyundai unveiled the all-new i30 nameplate, a hatchback with affordable but capable engine options and a refined ride that made it a strong contender as a practical compact family car. Now, for 2017, Hyundai prepares to expand the i30 lineup with a brand-new Fastback Coupe model. This model will have less of a focus on everyday functionality and more focus on performance, power, and fun.

Hyundai already unveiled yet another model in the i30 family in Geneva called the i30 Tourer, which makes the Fastback Coupe the third entry in the nameplate. The coupe will sport a slick 5-door body style with more athletic curb appeal than other models, and experts guess the i30 Fastback Coupe will offer the same range of turbocharged engine options as its two siblings. It is anticipated it will slot between the standard i30 and the Tourer model, in terms of pricing.

The Fastback Coupe model isn’t expected to make its auto show debut until late 2017, but it will start production and show up on dealer lots sometime in early 2018. Make sure to keep an eye on Shults Hyundai around that time; we’re excited to add the sportier, sleek model to our inventory next year in addition to its two siblings.

Parks and Nature Sites in Chautauqua County, NY

Warm weather, blooming trees, and plants mean that local wildlife is waking up. Enjoy this mild but rejuvenating time of year by visiting any of Chautauqua County’s many parks and nature sites. Whether you’re looking to camp or just go bird-watching, there’s sure to be something for you.

Audubon Community Nature Center: This 600-acre wildlife sanctuary comes complete with an information center with exhibits, a bird collection, and a gift shop. There are also wheelchair-accessible observation decks where visitors can go bird-watching.

Roger Tory Peterson Institute: If you like nature but aren’t feeling outdoorsy today, check out the exhibits, photography, and wildlife art of famous naturalist Roger Tory Peterson.

Boutwell Hill State Forest: Spend the day getting lost in Boutwell Hill State Forest’s 2,944 acres of pristine wilderness. Go hiking, camping, hunting, biking, or even go horseback riding.

Mt. Pleasant State Forest: Outdoor recreation awaits you in this 1,522-acre state park featuring a scenic marsh pond that attracts indigenous wildlife.

Panama Rocks: This half-mile ridge of 60-foot high rock offers explorers the chance to adventure through caves and passages in what’s been TripAdvisor’s #1 attraction in the area for years.

The many parks and nature sites in Chautauqua County are what make the area so beautiful. Shults Hyundai is proud to call this county home.

The 2018 Hyundai Accent Has Arrived

The 2018 Hyundai Accent Will Look Different Than This 2017 Model!
The 2017 Model Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is a subcompact sedan that has been seeing steadily rising sales over the years. The vehicle’s designers have delivered this year and the 2018 Hyundai Accent is ready to strut its stuff. The all-new model made its official debut at the Canadian International Auto Show and bears a striking resemblance to its larger siblings.

The new Hyundai Accent is about an inch wider and longer than the outgoing model and is officially scheduled to hit dealership lots and showrooms towards the end of this year. The subcompact car features a grille, headlights, and taillights similar to the Elantra GT, among others in the lineup. Canadian drivers will see a hatchback version arrive early next year.

The 2018 Hyundai Accent will see a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers 132 hp. The car will feature a standard rearview camera and optional Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as well.

The Accent’s 2016 sales reached nearly 80,000 units in the United States during a time when many small cars were seeing sales decline; that’s a 30% increase compared to the 2015 model year. Hyundai hasn’t released pricing for the 2018 Accent just yet but enthusiasts should expect an announcement as the official public release draws closer.

We here at Shults Hyundai can’t wait for the arrival of the new and improved 2018 Accent!

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Tips For Driving In The Rain
Driving In The Rain

Winter is starting to take its final toll, which means that spring is right around the corner. The spring season may bring warmer weather but it also comes with heavy rains and high winds. Fortunately, taking a few proper precautions can help minimize your risk on the road. Here are a few tips for driving in the rain from us here at Shults Hyundai.

Slow Down

Like snow, rain can make roads slick and reduce traction, causing drivers to lose control of the vehicle unexpectedly. One of the largest factors in losing control of a vehicle is speed. Slowing down will allow you to stop quicker and react faster in the event of an unexpected problem on the road. It will also put more distance between you and other drivers.

Hands On the Wheel

Driving in an area with high winds is risky business. Taller vehicles are more susceptible to winds, causing them to unexpectedly veer from their lanes. Keep both hands on the wheel to react quickly in the event of another driver losing control.

Lights On

Making yourself visible to other drivers is incredibly important, which is why you should have your headlights on, even in a light drizzle. Not only will you be more visible, you’ll be able to see everything else a little better as well.

How to Cure Cabin Fever

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One way to cure cabin fever is to learn a new skill – like how to play the guitar!

Wintertime can certainly be trying. The short days combined with the cold weather and snow can have you wishing you were a bear, able to hibernate until spring. While we’ve had some surprisingly warm days lately, that doesn’t mean winter is over. Since our weather is always fluctuating, we’ve put together a few strategies you can use to help cure cabin fever when the snows do hit.

 

  1. Embrace the snow. Sure, trudging through the snow on your way to work or school probably doesn’t constitute fun. But as long as you have the proper winter gear, activities like skiing, snowboarding, building a snowman, and snowball fights can have you feeling thankful for winter.

 

  1. Set the world record for binge-watching Netflix. Winter is great because you can watch an entire season of TV in one sitting without feeling a bit of guilt. I mean, what are you going to do, go outside?!

 

  1. Talk to people face-to-face. Remember what that was like, before online video games and cell phones? Wintertime provides a great opportunity to just hang out, play board games, and spend quality time with family and friends.

 

  1. Learn an instrument. If you are like a lot of people, you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, violin, or maybe even the kazoo. You need to spend a lot of time indoors to develop musical skills. Winter is perfect for that kind of thing.

 

  1. Makes plans for the summer. That’s the best way to get back at old man winter!

 

How do you plan to beat cabin fever this winter? Let us at Shults Hyundai know in the comments below!

The 3 Best Podcasts of 2016

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Look forward to your commute with the 3 best podcasts of 2016.

We are certainly living in the era of the podcast. Terrestrial radio may be dead but luckily podcasts have taken their place. Here are three of the best podcasts of 2016.

More Perfect – Believe it or not, there is an entire podcast series devoted to the Supreme Court. It’s actually a spinoff of Radiolab, arguably one of the best podcasts ever made. More Perfect takes an in-depth look at landmark Supreme Court cases. The result is, obviously, very educational and, surprisingly, very suspenseful at times.

 

CriminalWho doesn’t like a true crime caper? The Criminal podcast manages to find the most interesting and bizarre cases to follow. Episodes range from the recent “The Shell Game,” about the Magic Castle, a private club for magicians in Los Angeles to “Melinda and Judy,” about an adopted woman who goes on a fascinating adventure to find her biological parents.

 

HomecomingAudio fiction is like story time for adults and Homecoming may be the best of that sort. Curated by author Eli Horowitz, this podcast features lively and thrilling stories that are different every week. You know a program has substance when they can get actors like Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac to voice characters!

 

With the popularity of movie streaming sites, you’d think that podcasts wouldn’t be as popular as they are. But people still need to drive and these three of the best podcasts of 2016 are perfect to make your commute around Jamestown, Warren, Olean, and beyond just a little more interesting.

Hyundai Adding AWD to New 2017 Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson - new 2017 Tucson AWD model
Luckily, we have been able to get AWD on the Tucson here in the states for quite some time. This isn’t the case in India. However, in the new year, they will be able to purchase one of the best Tucsons ever: the new 2017 Tucson AWD model.

Unlike the 2016 Hyundai Tucson stateside, the current Hyundai Tucson is being sold in the Indian market with only front-wheel drive capabilities. This gives the SUV a slight disadvantage in comparison to its more well-equipped competitors. However, for the new 2017 Tucson, rumor has it that Hyundai is bringing their all-wheel drive system to the nameplate’s lineup and offering it as an option for the new model.

The Tucson so far has offered a number of options to the Indian market, ranging from traditional gasoline and diesel engines as well as the choice of a manual or automatic transmission, but the inclusion of AWD will be a first.

The new 2017 Tucson AWD model will be available in spring of next year – more specifically, April 2017. However, the system will only be available in models equipped with the diesel engine option. Other features on the 2017 Tucson include LED exterior lights, chrome accents, and front parking sensors, all of which provide buyers with tons of luxurious options in addition to the new option of an all-wheel-drive system.

The particular base price for the new 2017 Tucson equipped with all-wheel drive is not yet known, but considering it will only come with models with the available diesel engine, it’s reasonable to assume the price will be higher than the standard model with front-wheel drive.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Teenagers

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Sometimes it’s impossible to please your teen. Hopefully this list of Christmas gift ideas for teenagers will make it a little easier.

Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to shop for. All they want is a new car, and while we think a new Hyundai Elantra is a great gift idea, it’s not really practical for most families. Thankfully, there are some cool Christmas gift ideas out there that your teen will appreciate, so skim this list for some ideas for what to get your wayward thirteen-year-old who keeps saying “I don’t know” every time you ask them what they want.

Laptop Stickers and Accessories: Being a teen is all about finding your own identity and expressing it, so help your teen better be themselves by decorating their laptop with stickers and other accessories.

Brookstone’s Cat Ear Headphones: If your teen wants to stand out from the crowd, these cute headphones with cat ears on them will be sure to grab them some second glances. Possibly even a meow or two.

Trendy Stationary and Journals: This is kind of a “safe” gift, but cute or well-designed journals and stationary always look good stacked on top of other high school supplies.

Portable Phone Charger: If your teenager’s phone is always dying, help them out by picking up a portable phone charger that they can bring with them on the go.

Cool Backpacks: Over winter break the last thing on your teen’s mind is school, but heading into the New Year with a trendy backpack will be just the thing to get them excited about the first day back in class.

There are tons of Christmas gift ideas for teens; they just might require a little creativity and a lot of luck to find the perfect thing that’s just “so them!”

Fall Car Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car Running Right

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Fall Car Maintenance Tips will help your car run smooth all winter long.

As fall gears up, this means that temperatures will be changing right along with the leaves. When the weather gets colder, it’s important to give your car a checkup to ensure it will continue running smoothly through the winter season. Here are some fall car maintenance tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the winter.

Keep an eye on your tires. Cold weather can make your tire pressure drop below the manufacturer’s suggested number, so check your tire pressure monthly. If your tire pressure is low, then fill your tires until it is within the proper number range. 

Perform routine maintenance. Before the cold weather sets in, get your oil changed and any of your vehicle’s fluids checked. These fluids are vital to your car running smoothly, so topping them off will keep it in tip-top shape.

Replace windshield wipers. Windshield wipers should be changed every six months, since cracked and worn blades should be replaced before the weather gets bad. Purchase new blades and replace them to ensure you can see throughout the fall season.

Check your battery. Low temperatures don’t just affect your tires—they can also affect your car battery. Have the battery and charging system inspected by a technician to ensure that it is in top-notch condition. If your battery is older than five years, it is likely time to replace it.

How to Exercise While In Your Car

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Exercise in your car & save time!

As a modern worker, you more than likely end up sitting for at least half of your day. In addition to that, many people have to drive as part of their job or take a daily commute. At times, it can feel like we’re remaining stagnant for way too long and losing muscle. Here are a few ways to add a little bit of exercise to your day while you’re driving your car.

Side Twist

For the side twist, simply lean forward in your seat with both feet on the floor while tightening your core muscles. Twist slowly from left to right for a set period of time.

Grip Squeeze

This one is simple. All that you have to do is pick up a grip squeeze at your local sporting goods store. Squeezing and switching from hand to hand will strengthen muscles in your hand, wrist, and forearm.

Short Bicep Curl

You need a small rubber weight for this one. It can be as much weight as you can comfortably lift and transport in your vehicle. All you have to do is hold the weight in one hand and curl the weight toward your body.

It may sound silly to some people to exercise while in the car, but there are real benefits to squeezing in a little bit of activity whenever you can since busy work schedules don’t always allow for a full work out. Shults Hyundai wants you to be safe, so remember to always keep your eyes on the road.