Hyundai Awards Spotlight

The 2018 Kona and 2018 Tucson were the recipients of the recent round of Hyundai awards

2018 Hyundai Kona

The new Hyundai Kona crossover has already won favor with critics and customers alike. Most importantly, it has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s most coveted safety distinction: The 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, when equipped with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and High Beam Assist.

The 2018 Kona was also named one of the 10 Coolest Cars under $20,000 by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. But that’s not all for the Hyundai Kona: The Kona also nabbed a top honor from Red Dot. Red Dot awarded the Kona with the Red Dot Award for Product Design this year.

2018 Hyundai Tucson

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson also earned several high honors. For starters, the Tucson earned praise from both safety governing bodies: It earned a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

J.D. Power has also been quite impressed with the 2018 Tucson. For starters, the Hyundai Tucson ranked as J.D. Power’s “Most Dependable Small SUV” in 2018; this study reviews vehicles throughout their first three years on the road and determines how many or how few problems they have. Because the Tucson had the fewest amount of problems in the small SUV segment, it won the top honor. Consumers also rated the Tucson as highest in infotainment.

The other J.D. Power honor that the Tucson earned was the “Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality.” Rather than study vehicle performance over three years, this study looks at vehicle performance in the first 90 days of ownership. This means that, once again, the Hyundai Tucson had the fewest issues in its segment, according to J.D. Power.

Want to get behind the wheel and experience these award-winning models for yourself? Stop into Gossett Hyundai South today.

Hyundai Emphasizes Quality Time in New Santa Fe Commercials

These Hyundai Santa Fe commercials show how important quality family time can be

Quality time; it’s a thing that we seem to have less and less of the older we get and the more access we have to information via smartphones. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, families might spend as little as two hours of quality time together every week. Hyundai thought that this was a bit absurd, which is why the its new 2019 Santa Fe commercials dub its most technologically advanced SUV the “Quality Time Machine.”

 

“The Santa Fe was designed and engineered to fuel quality family time for modern families,” said Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America. “At Hyundai, we believe anything is possible, and the advanced technology, entertainment, and preventative safety features help get families out together, whether it’s on a road trip or simply across town.”

 

The three ads — “Dad, Look,” “Not Flying,” and “The Journey” — demonstrate how the all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe can play a key role in making sure that you and your family get to spend time together in memorable ways. This includes playing up the Santa Fe’s available HTRAC all-wheel drive and cutting-edge safety features like Safe Exit Assist.

 

If you want to see why the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe helps you make the most of your time with your family, stop into Gossett Hyundai South and take this impressive new SUV for a test drive.

Best Campsites Near Memphis

Take a fall road trip to some of the best campsites near Memphis

Fall is a great time of year to head out under the stars for an evening of camping. Not only is is less hot than summer and typically drier than the spring, but it’s a great opportunity to check out the beautiful colors of the season. If you have your tent and gear at the ready, consider these wonderful campsites near Memphis for your autumn getaway.

 

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is only a 20-minute jaunt from Memphis, making it one of the most accessible options for a camping adventure. This state park boasts 13,476 acres of wilderness, as well as visitor-friendly facilities atop the majestic Chickasaw Bluffs.

 

Southfork Resort

Southfork Resort is a privately-owned campground that is well worth the two-hour journey from Memphis. Southfork offers picnic tables and fire pits with every campsite, as well as a bathhouse and available canoes and kayaks for heading out onto the water. It’s located near the Ozarks in Arkansas, which makes it a great stop on a larger adventure.

 

Sylamore Creek Camp

At Sylamore Creek Camp, you can swim in the eponymous creek, view the Ozark National Forest, and travel to nearby Mountain View or the Blanchard Springs Cavern. Not a tent kind of person? The Sylamore Creek Camp also offers RV sites and cabins to make your roughing it a bit less rough.

 

Dismals Canyon Conservatory

If you like the idea of primitive camping, head to Dismals Canyon Conservatory. The campgrounds enhance the pristine natural state of the park and offer relaxing privacy. The main attraction, of course, are the Dismalites — glow-in-the-dark creature that light up the canyon at night.

 

If you’re ready to head out for an adventure but need a new vehicle that’s up to the challenge, you need only stop into Gossett Hyundai South.

September Events in Memphis

There are all kinds of September events in Memphis to enjoy this year
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Just because summer’s over and school is starting back up doesn’t mean you and your family have to stop having fun. Here are some exciting events coming up in September that will keep your summer going.

International Goat Days

There are all kinds of festivals and events going on in September, especially ones that are fun for the whole family. The International Goat Days Festival features a Goat Parade kids will love, corn hole tournaments, car and tractor shows, and even a battle of the bands. There’s something for everyone at Goat Days!

Delta Fair & Music Festival

The Delta Fair and Music Festival is another fun festival, taking place for ten days from Sept. 1-10 and offers tons of fair attractions like Ferris wheels and carnival games, along with live music and livestock competitions. There are even major music names joining the lineup of September events in Memphis, including Mary J. Blige, Bruno Mars, and The Daily Show Host Trevor Noah.

Germantown Festival

The Germantown Festival is also unmissable, thanks to the neighborhood’s charming artsy vibes combined with local music, games, and carnival food. The Memphis Music and Heritage Festival on Sept. 2-3 is a huge block party in Downtown Memphis with lots of local vendors and artists showcasing their work.

There’s never any shortage of things to see and do around Memphis, no matter the time of year. If you need a fresh, stylish ride to get around and do it all in, look no further than Gossett Hyundai South.

How to Rotate Tires the Right Way

For DIY car service, make sure you know how to rotate tires properlyRotating tires is an important part of tire maintenance that will make your tread last longer. With fall on the horizon, now is a great time to rotate your rubbers before the cold weather sets. If you’d prefer to do this yourself, here are some quick tips to make sure you do it the right way.

It’s not hard to jack up your car and take the tires off, but what people get wrong about tire rotating is the rotation pattern. Depending on what kid of tires you have, you’ll use one of two rotation patterns.

First, you need to know what kind of tread you have. Tires with angled grooves that go in one direction are directional tires, while tires without angled groves in a single direction are non-directional. Because directional tires are optimized for one side of the vehicle, you can’t switch left tires to the right side and vice versa. Always switch directional tires back to front.

Non-directional tires are a different case. With these tires, you’ll get the most mileage out of your tire tread by switching the front left tire to the rear right wheel, and the front right tire to the rear left wheel. While these two are changed to the diagonal wheel, the back tires move straight forward. The left rear tire goes to the left front, and the right rear goes to the right front.

If you’re at a bit of a loss or would rather leave it to the experts, have no fear — the service team at Gossett Hyundai South is here to help! Stop into our service department and we’ll make sure that your tires are in the best position to serve the needs of your vehicle.

Summer Road Trip Tips to Consider

Follow these summer road trip tips for a fun and safe vacation

Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip vacation, but the heat can add extra stress. Follow these easy summer road trip tips to have a safe, fun vacation with your family or friends.

Pre-Inspect Your Vehicle

Before you leave on your trip, it’s important to get a vehicle inspection done. Make sure your engine oil is fresh and full, you have plenty of coolant, your battery has a strong charge, and your air conditioner is working well. Heat puts more strain on every part of your car, and you don’t want to have a breakdown in hot weather.

Avoid The Heat

If you do break down, it’s important to have ways to keep yourself cool and shaded while you wait for assistance. Make sure you have plenty of water in your car, electric fans, and snacks to help you keep your strength up. To be certain that you have what you need, pack a summer-specific emergency kit with all the essentials.

Snack Light

Speaking of snacks, you don’t want to bring food that’s too heavy or hard on your stomach. Being queasy on a long road trip is not only uncomfortable but can lead to distracted driving. Light foods like dried fruit and crackers will keep your stomach from getting upset.

Stay Entertained

Finally, bring plenty of entertainment, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Audiobooks and podcasts, music, portable DVD players, and handheld games are all good options for keeping the drive from getting too boring. Don’t rely on driving games that you’ll get bored with.

The most important summer road trip tip: have fun and be safe! If you need a new ride for your next adventure, stop into Gossett Hyundai South and make it happen.

Hyundai Wins Big in AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Hyundai won four categories in the 2018 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Hyundai won four categories in the 2018 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, taking the title of Most Satisfying Popular Brand and seeing the Sonata, Elantra, and Accent coming out on top of their respective segments. AutoPacific’s president, George Peterson, lauded Hyundai for its continual improvement and resonance with customers through quality design and reliability.

“With so many different brands for customers to choose from, Hyundai is proud to stand out as a leader in the mid-size car, compact car and economy car categories and as the overall winner of the VSA’s Most Satisfying Popular Brand award,” said Omar Rivera, director, Quality and Service Engineering, Hyundai Motor America.

“Hyundai is committed to satisfying consumers’ needs—whether that be through cutting-edge technology or award-winning safety features—and we are extremely excited by the results of this year’s VSAs,” Rivera added

AutoPacific based the 2018 VSAs on survey results taken from 58,000 individuals who own a 2017 or 2018 model-year vehicle. Respondents rank 40 different considerations made when purchasing a new vehicle, and the results inform brand and individual vehicle awards. Because of their numerous upgrades and improvements, the 2018 Sonata, Elantra, and Accent outranked the competition in their respective classes by appealing to drivers more.

To experience what makes the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, Elantra, and Accent so great, stop into Gossett Hyundai South and do so up close and in person.

Hyundai In-Car Payment System Developed for Added Convenience

The new Hyundai in-car payment system is designed to make shopping easier for Hyundai owners

Hyundai is working with Xevo and other brands to develop an in-car payment system that is aimed at making your life easier. This system will allow drivers to find and pay for gas at select Chevron and Texaco stations, order Applebee’s® To Go, and find and pay for parking with ParkWhiz.

Digital Connectivity

How does it work? According to Hyundai, the system uses connectivity services and a Hyundai Digital Wallet payment platform to securely access services like those mentioned above. The digital wallet platform uses a secure processing system to help you check out from the comfort of the driver’s seat.  While the services you can access are currently limited, Hyundai hopes to expand them in the near future.

“Combining Xevo’s innovative Market solution and our artificial intelligence, car, cloud, and mobile expertise with Hyundai’s Blue Link technology makes it possible for Hyundai to offer consumers a secure, convenient way to connect with their favorite brands and make payments while in the car,” said Dan Gittleman, CEO of Xevo.

More Tech Concepts

The new technologies were showcased at TU-Automotive Detroit in early June. Hyundai is also experimenting with usage-based insurance to offer savings, which Hyundai Motor America Senior Group Manager of Vehicle Technology Planning Cason Grover says will provide both savings and convenience to customers.

To see how Hyundai is innovating and continues to innovate, stop into Gossett Hyundai South and check out the latest products on the lot.

Summer Tire Care Essentials

Get the best summer tire care tips to keep you rolling this season from Gossett Hyundai South

Summer tire care is essential for those who want to reduce wear, extend tire life, and improve fuel economy. Tire pressure changes based on a range of factors, including temperature. That’s why it’s especially important to check your tires when the seasons change, as summer months tend to affect tires significantly.

Check Your Pressure

According to Michelin, tire pressure increases 1 psi with every 10-degree increase in temperature (and vice versa in cold weather). That means that if you haven’t checked your tires since the winter, or perhaps earlier, your tires could be over-inflated. Naturally, tires can lose pressure over time from sheer use, so be sure to check pressure if you haven’t already.

Check Your Treads

What else can you do? It’s also a good time to do a visual inspection. Look for any uneven wear, cracking, or bulges—these can all indicate that you may need new tires. You can also test the tread by flipping a penny upside down and placing it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you should replace the tires.

As you’re checking the tire pressure and tread, it’s also an opportunity to remove any debris or stones that may be stuck in the tread. You can also have a professional rotate the tires to more equally distribute the wear.

If you want to be truly positive that your tires are ready to meet to road, there’s no better way than to bring your vehicle into Gossett Hyundai South for a professional inspection.