New Hyundai Fuel Cell Will Debut at Winter Olympics

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Check out what’s coming at the Winter Olympics with the new Hyundai Fuel Cell.

Always at the forefront of automobile technology, Hyundai is now working on the next-generation fuel cell powertrain that will follow up its cutting-edge Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell.

In the United States, Hyundai produced 1,000 Tucson Fuel Cell cars in California to great success. It’s safe to assume that their next-gen model will be even more popular, especially considering the fact that it will be in a brand-new, sharper-looking vehicle.

The new Hyundai fuel cell powertrain is set to get its reveal during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, where Hyundai will be doing tons of press in their home country.

We do not know many specifics about the new powertrain, but we do know that it will be smaller, use less platinum, and have a new electric motor. Hopefully, more information will be revealed soon, and that information would be followed shortly by the actual next-gen Hyundai Fuel Cell itself.

In the meantime, to check out one of Hyundai’s many fuel-efficient vehicles, visit us anytime at Shults Hyundai.

The Versatile Hyundai Tucson Interior Offers More Comfort And Versatility Than Competitors

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Check out what you get with the 2016 Hyundai Tucson interior.

As a compact SUV, the Hyundai Tucson is known for its combination of excellent performance with top-notch fuel efficiency, but there’s more much to the Tucson than this impressive balance.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson also has one of the most refined, high-tech, and versatile interiors of any vehicle on the market. Inside the new Hyundai Tucson, you will find leather-appointed seating, kept comfortable regardless of season with the help of automatic climate control. The driver’s seat can be configured in six different ways – unless you opt for the 8-way seat, of course.

Plus, the second row of seating in the Hyundai Tucson offers more legroom for passengers than in the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and other Tucson competitors. These seats can also recline and are heated.

Lastly, the 60/40-split rear seatback system allows for up to 61.9 cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for families or any driver with adventure on his or her mind.

To learn more about the Hyundai Tucson interior or take the Hyundai Tucson out on a test drive, visit us anytime at Shults Hyundai!

Hyundai Eco-Vehicle Lineup Launches with New Ioniq

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The Hyundai eco-vehicle lineup is something you won’t want to miss.

Ed Shults of Warren Subaru – Why Buy – Shults Advatage   Shults Hyundai – Dealership Blog – Best Car Gadgets Shults Hyundai – Dealership Blog – Ioniq Design     For those that have seen the Hyundai Ioniq design, they know just how unique this innovative EV model truly is. Looking to bulk-up its alternative-energy powertrains and model lineup, Hyundai has had this concept model on the shelf for years. Now, the company will release its first EV, promising affordability and state-of-the-art technologies.

According to AutoNews, the Hyundai Ioniq EV technology gives it a range of roughly 110 miles, though the company hopes to increase this to 250 miles by 2020. Under the hood is a synchronous electric motor that is paired with a one-of-a-kind Ioniq transmission for a smooth transition of power. This model promises to be the first of 28 models introduced over the next few years, a bold plan from this Korean manufacturer.

“Electrical vehicles are changing real fast. From a conventional perspective, two years or maybe a year-and-a-half is not really a long time,” said Ahn Byung-ki, director of eco-vehicle development. “But in the EV business, it is a pretty long time. We have to be ready for the new generation every two years.”

Hyundai initially set out to build 28 new eco-vehicles by 2020, including 10 traditional hybrid models, eight EVs, two fuel-cell models, and eight plug-in hybrids. Though ambitious, the Ioniq represents the first of the 28 cars in the Hyundai eco-vehicle lineup, marking a new era for automotive design. In the future, it should be easier than ever to save money at the pump and to eliminate unnecessary emissions

The Best Car Gadgets for This Year

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The best car gadgets for your used car.

Car gadgets are great for improving your ride, whether you simply want added comfort or a whole lineup of entertainment options. We’ve put together a post on some of the best car gadgets on the market, helping you to make your driving experience better than ever.

According to Thrillist, the hands-free Bluetooth car kit is still one of the most popular things to buy. Although many models now come standard with Bluetooth, this gadget is great for those who buy used or certified pre-owned vehicles. You can have the latest technologies, without buying a new car.

Many drivers now want to record their driving, making an HD video recorder dash cam a must-have gadget. This records your driving, saving it to a cloud or to a hard-disc memory storage unit. This recorder is great for supporting insurance claims in the event of an accident, and it is also used by new drivers to improve their driving habits.

Electronic parking guides also come standard on many new vehicles; nevertheless, if you buy a used car, you can still get parking assist. An electronic parking guide can be inexpensive and simple, helping you to back into your garage without bumping the walls. This high-tech guide helps you park perfectly every time.

Finally, a portable office desk is great for workaholics. Desks, like those offered by AutoExec, come with power invertors, printer holders, iPad mounts, filing, and more. Stuck in traffic or working on the road? No problem—now you have a portable desk you can work from with ease. Any of these gadgets would be great in your Hyundai!

Rental Car Tips

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Learn the best way to get a rental car.

It’s summer, which means it’s vacation time! And going on vacation means you might need a rental car. Thankfully, we’re here to give you some rental car dos and don’ts!

Do look online for discounts. You can find tons of coupons and discounts on cars or rental places that partner with companies you’re a member of, like Costco or AAA.

Don’t purchase insurance from the rental company. Most auto insurance plans cover rental cars, which means that you’re already covered by your own insurance. Don’t shell out more for theirs.

Do reserve the car for longer than you’re planning. While it sounds unnecessary, it might help you in the long run if you’re running behind or just need an extra day.

Don’t prepay for gas. While it may seem smart at the time, you don’t actually know how much gas you’ll be using, and you might end up wasting your money.

Do perform a thorough inspection of the car before you drive off with it. You never know if there’s damage from the previous driver that you might get charged for.

Don’t rent from an airport. Rental companies at off-airport locations tend to be cheaper than those on site.

For a reliable car, check us out at Shults Hyundai!

Hyundai Named Most Valuable Employer for Military

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Hyundai has been recognized as a valuable employer for military.

Coming back home from being overseas can be rewarding and difficult for members of the military. Getting reacquainted with civilian life can be a difficult process, but thankfully Hyundai is here to help, named a most valuable employer for military personnel.

Hyundai Motor America was recognized by the website CivilianJobs.com, which helps connect members of the U.S. military with civilian careers. This year, they awarded Hyundai as one of the 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military. While they were one of a few, they were the only automaker on the list!

This year, all companies based in the U.S. were eligible to receive the honor. Hyundai, amongst other winners, received recognition based on its recruiting, training, and retention plans for military members. Companies completed a survey outlining these plans and winners were chosen based on how well their plans served military members and veterans.

“In addition to targeting veterans specifically via their careers web site, their Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military survey outlined ways in which Hyundai nurtured and grew their Hyundai VET program as well as their recently launched Employee Resource Group targeted towards veterans,” said Garrett Reed, Branch Manager of CivilianJobs.com.

Go Hyundai!

Hyundai Announces Luxury Plug-In Hybrid for Genesis Lineup

Hyundai Announces Luxury Plug-In Hybrid for Genesis Lineup

Earlier this year, Hyundai broke the news that the Genesis nameplate would be splitting away from the Hyundai lineup and becoming the first of a new luxury sub-brand bearing the same name. Since then, Hyundai has been fairly quiet on what other models would become a part of the new Genesis brand, but now the brand has dropped a hint about another vehicle joining the lineup: a luxury plug-in hybrid. However, no one knows yet which model will be used as the new PHEV’s platform.

Both Hyundai and sister brand Kia offer plug-in hybrid options for more environmentally-savvy buyers, so it comes as no surprise that Genesis will also having a PHEV of its own. Other luxury brands such as BMW, Porsche, Volvo, Audi, and Mercedes also offer plug-in hybrids along the traditional gasoline vehicles in their respective lineups, so Genesis certainly won’t be the first premium brand to put a luxury PHEV on the market. However, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski stated that the Genesis plug-in hybrid will be the brand’s first step towards eventual hydrogen fuel cell dominance in the auto industry.

In the statement to Automotive News (subscription required), Zuchowski said, “We believe alternative-propulsion engines are going to be really important – even more important in the luxury market than they are in the mainstream market.”

The luxury plug-in hybrid coming soon to Genesis’ lineup will be joining the original Genesis sedan, rebranded the G80, as well as the Equus, which has been rebranded the G90. A G70 sports sedan, a new crossover, and a two-door coupe are all expected to join the brand soon. With the addition of a PHEV, the Genesis brand will kick off its debut with a well-rounded lineup appealing to a variety of consumers. We can’t wait to see what else the new Genesis line has to offer!

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco Pricing Announced

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For the 2017 model year, Hyundai is adding the Elantra Eco to the Elantra nameplate in order to give buyers a more efficient and environmentally-friendly option. Hyundai recently announced that the Elantra Eco pricing would be starting at a base price of $21,485.

The 2017 Elantra Eco replaces the standard Elantra’s standard 1.8-liter or available 2.0-liter engine with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine paired with a seven-speed EcoShift transmission that receives an EPA-certified fuel rating of 40 mpg on the highway, 32 in the city, and 35 mpg combined. That’s an increase of 2 mph, 4 mpg, and 3 mpg over the standard 1.8-liter engine in the traditional Elantra. The Elantra Eco is also priced as a mid-range trim level between the entry-level Elantra and the range-topping Elantra Limited, which will cost $17,985 and $23,185, respectively.

Because the Elantra Eco is priced above the standard Elantra, it will also get more standard features aside from the brand-new engine. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and even a hands-free power trunk will all be part of the package when you buy the Elantra Eco, plus a seven-inch touchscreen that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The addition of all these standard features, alongside the more efficient engine, is what makes the Elantra Eco pricing worth it, especially at point where gas prices are higher than they have been for the past six months.

Hyundai Wins Two Segments in 2016 Vincentric Best Value in America Awards

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Two Hyundai Vehicles were named 2016 Vincentric Best Value in America vehicles earlier this month, the 2016 Elantra taking the compact car category and the new Veloster winning the sports car category.

Vincentric is an automotive research company that focuses on ownership costs, and the Best Value in America Award winners are chosen based on finance costs, average maintenance, insurance, how well they hold their value over the years, fuel economy, and several more. One vehicle from each segment is chosen.

This is the fourth year in a row the Hyundai Veloster has won the Best Value Award in the sports car segment and the Elantra’s second year winning for compact car, highlighting not just the value but the superior engineering, efficiency, and reliability of Hyundai vehicles.

Vincentric cited that the Elantra had the lowest depreciation rate in its class, as well as lowest total costs. The Veloster had the lowest operating and repair costs, and both had the overall lowest cost to own.

Road Trip Safety Tips

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It’s not long until school’s out for summer and families, new graduates, and college kids are pouring onto the highways of America for cross-country road trips. No matter who you are or how many road trips you’ve taken, it’s always good to brush up on road trip safety before you leave.

First of all, make sure your car can handle it. Nothing ruins a vacation like getting stranded. Aside from preparing your car, prepare yourself! Get good sleep and eat a healthy, filling meal in the morning before you leave. Also, pack an emergency kit! Blankets, snacks, water, sunscreen, and some basic tools are a must.

Don’t pack too much. Weighing your car down is a good way to not only slow you down but use up a lot of extra gas. Plus, if you have a lot of cargo, it could get thrown from the backseat if you stop suddenly and injure you.

If another licensed driver is in the car, let them take the wheel for a while so you can rest and maybe grab a nap. And if it gets too late, stay in a hotel for the night. Better safe than sorry!

By following these tips, you should be better able to have a summer vacation you won’t soon forget.