Hyundai Tucson Scores 2016 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award

At the Chicago Auto Show back in February, the Hyundai Tucson took home the coveted 2016 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award in “Best Small Utility” for its best overall value, practicality, performance, and fuel efficiency.

The Tucson scored the sought-after accolade thanks to its full redesign, which offers drivers a crossover that’s more equipped for the challenges of the road and more cost-effective than competitors in its class.

2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson

There are a lot of crossovers out there these days—it’s the fastest-growing segment in the United States. But, thanks to the 2016 Hyundai Tucson’s elevated safety features, high-standard for interior technologies, and overall quality of engineering and drive experience, this CUV has been able to stand out and impress not just critics, but the people who really matter: the folks who actually drive them.

MotorWeek, the group behind the longest-running automotive program on television, has given out the Drivers’ Choice Award every year since 1983.

Hyundai Celebrates 30 Years in America

Happy anniversary, Hyundai Motor America!

This year, the South Korean automaker is celebrating 30 years in America. In 1986, Hyundai entered the United States as a small automaker—amid dominating industry giants like Ford and Toyota—with only one vehicle: the Hyundai Excel. Today, Hyundai is the world’s fifth-largest automaker, with 14 vehicle models in its American lineup alone.

The past year has been a big one for Hyundai. Recently, the brand rocketed past its 10-millionth car sale in the United States; its Super Bowl commercial was ranked at the top of USA TODAY’s Ad Meter (the first time an automaker took the top spot); and, Hyundai has just launched its all-new luxury brand, Genesis.

Genesis

In its 30 years in America, Hyundai has gone from being all-imports to boasting 60% of cars sold here being made in the US; that’s far more than some of those brands that like to label themselves “all-American.”

Here’s to three more decades of growth and innovation!

Kelley Blue Book Names the Hyundai Sonata the Best Family Car

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Hyundai Sonata

Finding the perfect family sedan used to be difficult. Then the 2016 Hyundai Sonata entered the picture! Hyundai’s signature sedan is loaded with features that make it perfect for any family. Those features are now earning the Hyundai Sonata some prestigious recognition.

According to a Hyundai press release, Kelley Blue Book named the Hyundai Sonata the Best Family Car for the year.

Kelley Blue Book’s criteria for the title included the vehicle’s convenience, comfort, and above all else, its safety.

Families won’t find a sedan that is safer than the 2016 Hyundai Sonata. The new models of the Sonata include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, making it easier to avoid accidents in the first place.

“Earning the designation of a Best Family Car by the expert automotive editors at Kelley Blue Book means the Sonata passed not only the safety test but also the test on the ease of car seat installations and more — meeting needs of the modern family,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning for Hyundai Motor America.

The Hyundai Sonata not only meets the needs of modern families, it exceeds their expectations!

Cool Outdoor Winter Sports to Celebrate the Snow

skiingThe groundhog may not have seen his shadow, thus indicating an early spring this year. However, winter isn’t over yet, and there is still plenty of time to take part in some wonderful winter activities outdoors as suggested by Family Fun Education While there’s still snow on the ground and a chill in the air, you can take part in these “cool” outdoor winter sports.

Skiing

Skiing down a slope isn’t all that hard once you master the basic fundamentals of the activity. Just be sure to remember, “Pizza, then French Fries”, and you’ll be guaranteed to have a good time!

Snowboarding

For another slope-based winter activity, try your hand at snowboarding. It takes a lot of practice, but once you get snowboarding down to an art, you’ll be able to perform some incredible mid-air tricks!

Ice Skating

Few activities are more indicative of this time of the year than ice skating. Whether you are just starting out or wowing everyone around you with your balance and coordination, ice skating is a fun activity that brings people together during winter.  All you need is your friends, a frozen lake, and a pair of skates!

New Car Technology Explained: How Hybrids Work

Hybrids are becoming more popular than ever before thanks to some innovative advancements in the industry. Made more efficient and eco-friendly, hybrid models are being offered or researched by most major manufacturers. Here is some information explaining how hybrids work.

According to Edmunds, the most basic explanation is that a hybrid combines a small gasoline engine with an electric motor system. Typically, the electric motor is used at low speeds and supplements power when accelerating, passing, etc. While the first hybrid offered worldwide was the Prius, there are several models now on the market.

A hybrid works by storing electricity in a battery system and then using this power in a motor. This stored power is produced either through an outlet (and used in a plug-in hybrid) or it is made by the engine itself. In some models, the power from the gas engine is split, with some energy going to the wheels, while the other goes to a small generator to produce power for the batteries.

Other intelligent systems in hybrid models include regenerative braking, which uses friction from brakes to produce power, and electricity monitoring systems. You can activate features like some sort of Eco-Mode, use all electricity, or switch on a power “boost” for high-performance designs.

What are the advantages? Hybrids save more fuel, but they also limit emissions and increase performance. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with standard hybrid and plug-in hybrid designs. Car shoppers interested in the Sonata Hybrid should also see the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Super Bowl Sweepstakes: Enter to Win Tickets and More

football fieldHyundai is giving 25 football fans the opportunity of a lifetime. As an official sponsor of the NFL and Super Bowl 50, the brand is giving a pair of tickets (50 total) to 25 fans, as well as lodging, transportation, and more.

Contestants for the Hyundai Super Bowl Sweepstakes can earn points that increase the likelihood of winning, according to Hyundai. Fans can earn entry points by registering at football.hyundaisweepstakes.com for 1 point, by test driving at a local dealer for 10 points, and by getting friends to enter (5 points). Contestants can have a total of 16 points.

“With these sweepstakes we want to give back to fans of the Hyundai brand,” said Trea Reedy, senior group manager, experiential marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “By giving 50 fans the chance to spend a night in the heart of the action, at one of the world’s biggest sporting events, we hope to give them an experience that they won’t soon forget.”

Hyundai has been busy connecting with NFL fans all year, and will run a series of Super Bowl ads during the game in February. This is just one of many ways Hyundai is celebrating its new participation with the NFL.

Check Out These Winter Emergency Kit Upgrades to Make in Your Car

winter drivingThough you can’t always prevent emergencies, you can certainly make sure you are prepared for them. While driving, this means a solid emergency kit, which should get updated throughout the year.

Here is a list of some winter emergency kit upgrades to keep in mind:

  • Re-stock any bandages, antibiotic ointment, or other first-aid items that may have been used throughout the year.
  • Add a warm blanket, and an extra set of a coat, gloves, and hat–in case you find yourself stuck in the cold.
  • Never underestimate the power of clean, warm socks.
  • As always, be sure you have an extra cell phone battery, a flashlight, and an extra battery for your flashlight.
  • Keep a small shovel and an ice scraper handy. Not only will this help you out if you find yourself late too work and with a frosted windshield, but you may need it to dig yourself out of the snow.

For more winter weather tips, or to explore our enormous selection of vehicles ready to take on winter weather, visit us anytime at Gossett Hyundai.

New Hyundai Ioniq Teaser Revealed Before Big Debut

About a month before the big debut in January, Hyundai has released an all-new teaser image of the upcoming 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, giving us a sneak peek at the much-anticipated electric vehicle.

We’ve been looking forward to the Hyundai Ioniq ever since it was first announced, especially since it will be an industry first: offering the option of a hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), or battery electric (BEV) powertrain.

You can check out the Hyundai Ioniq teaser picture here, to get a good look. The image is merely a silhouette, but it does give a clear outline of the vehicle’s general shape. Hopefully, Hyundai will release more pictures before the release date.

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is looking to blow its competitors out of the water, and we can’t wait to see how it performs. In the meantime, visit us anytime at Gossett Hyundai to explore our current Hyundai models.

All-New 2016 Hyundai Tucson Earns Best Compact Crossover Award

2016 Hyundai Tucson

Interior of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Ruedas ESPN presented the all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson with the “Best Compact Crossover” award during the 45th annual Miami International Auto Show, marking the fifth consecutive time a Hyundai has been honored by the Spanish-language automotive radio show in the United States.

Ruedas ESPN can be heard on more than 48 radio stations in the country as well as on SIRIUS and XM channel 157. From 11am to 1pm on every Sunday, hosts Sergio Rodriguez, Niky Pauli, and Jaime Florez have a conversation about cars, motorsport, and engineering with thousands of Hispanic listeners.

The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson was chosen at the winner of the “Best Compact Crossover” award by an expert panel of jurors based on multiple key attributes, including comfort and design.

“The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson has everything a young family needs and more,” said Jaime Florez, one of the aforementioned hosts. “The Tucson is a class-leading compact crossover with its appealing combination of bold design, comfort, functionality and advanced safety technologies.”

Regardless of the language you speak, everyone can appreciate the new 2016 Tucson. Give it a whirl at Gossett Hyundai!

Hyundai October Sales Up 20%—A New Record!

How do you know it’s been a good month? When no month before has ever been as excellent, of course!

Hyundai October sales have been revealed as the best in the automaker’s history, with 60,005 units sold—up a whopping 20% over the same period last year—making it a very good month indeed.

Driving the sales forward were the all-too-popular SUVs and CUVs, represented by the Hyundai Tucson, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport, which attract hundreds of prospective customers every week at Gossett Hyundai.

2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson Available at Gossett Hyundai

Together, Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport sales were up 25% for the month, while Tucson sales reached nearly 7,300 units, marking an incredible 103% increase over October 2014.

That’s not to say sedans didn’t do well either: the Elantra had its best October ever with sales up 24% and the Veloster appealed to even more sports car fans than usual with sales up 30%.

It seems new car shoppers really do know where to find the good stuff!