Hyundai Tucson Earns Top Safety Ratings

We at SouthTowne Hyundai know how important it is to drive a vehicle that will keep you and your family safe, no matter what happens. That is why we are thrilled to announce that the 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV earned top safety ratings and offers outstanding crash protection.

Vehicles are put through intensive testing by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Hyundai Tuscan SUV held up to the demanding crash tests. The Tuscan is the only vehicle in the small SUV category that received good ratings for both driver and passenger in the small-overlap crash test ratings.

The Tuscan has many advanced safety technologies such as AEB with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and many more. These technologies help to prevent crashes, but even if a crash does happen, the Tuscan proves to keep people safe. The IIHS commended Hyundai for the work they are doing in keeping both the driver and passengers protected in case of a small overlap crash.

If you want to learn more about Hyundai’s safety features, stop by SouthTowne Hyundai.

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Don’t Miss These 4 Great Tours in Atlanta!

Tours in Atlanta

There’s a lot to love about Atlanta, especially its history of launching some of the country’s greatest products. You can even tour many of these facilities that are proud to show off their secrets. We recommend taking all of these great tours in Atlanta.

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway: Get up close to this famed NASCAR destination. When it’s not race time, the speedway welcomes visitors for an up-close look at the track’s most famous areas.
  • CNN Studio: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of news reporting when you visit the CNN Studio Tour, filled with interactive activities and videos from iconic reporting personalities of yesteryear.
  • Coca-Cola: The highly-rated tour through the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place is a favorite among visitors to Atlanta who love seeing how these delicious drinks are made and bottled.
  • Chick-fil-A: As Atlanta is home of Chick-fil-A restaurants, it’s no surprise that there’s an interactive facility you can tour to learn what goes into feeding numerous customers every day.

In addition, many of the city’s local buildings, like the Post Office and Fire Station, give tours to visitors. In fact, if you visit SouthTowne Hyundai, we’ll give you a tour of our dealership!

Road Trips with Dogs

Road trips can be fun, especially when you bring Fido. But sometimes, that can complicate things a bit. Here are some tips for road trips with dogs so you won’t have to stress.

Plan, Plan, Plan

When your pup is with you, you’ll want everything planned out. Make sure that you pick out places on your route where you can stop for fifteen to thirty minutes every four hours. This will give your pup a bathroom break and let them get out some exercise.

Crate Your Dog

When your dog is spending a long time in the car, it’s best and safest to keep them in a crate. It’s the safest way for a dog to travel in the car. And sometimes, your dog will feel safer when confined in a small, familiar space.

Pack the Essentials

Make sure you have enough gear for your dog, like food and a food bowl, water bowl, any medications they use, a blanket, treats, poop bags, a brush, and anything else they might need. If it’s sunny where you’re going, considering bringing dog-safe sunscreen!

And mostly, just have plenty of fun with your pup!

Road trips with dogs

Pure Electric Genesis On Its Way

Hyundai knows innovation and they’re taking it on in full. The next Hyundai Genesis you see might have a slight difference from its predecessors. Hyundai is introducing the Electric Genesis.

Manfred Fitzgerald, Hyundai’s chief executive, announced the news, “We will definitely go as Genesis brand down the road of alternative propulsions and it is very, very obvious that EV is definitely on the map.”

Hyundai chose its luxury model, Genesis, for the electric upgrade because of the rising popularity of electric luxury vehicles.

There’s not yet an exact timeline on when this all-electric Genesis will be released, but it should be out by 2020. It’ll have a 250-mile pure electric range.

And it’s not the only update that Genesis is getting. The 2017 Genesis G80 will have a diesel version in addition to its gas model.

When the Genesis EV premieres, it’ll be joining a handful of other Hyundai electric models. The Hyundai Ioniq currently has a standard hybrid model as well as a plug-in. And it, too, has future EV models on the way.

So it might be a little bit of a wait, but it’ll be worth it once the electric Genesis is revealed!

Electric Genesis
*2016 Hyundai Genesis

Atlanta Events for Spring/Summer

Atlanta events

As the temperatures keep climbing, you’ll want to get out and get around the city! Here are some Atlanta events coming up in May and June that you and your family should consider checking out:

Georgia Renaissance Festival – May 1st – June 5th

This festival occurs for six weekends. You can see knights and maidens, shop from about 150 artisans, and eat giant turkey legs.

La Raza Festival – May 8th

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Latin recording artists, Mexican folk dancers, food, and mariachi music!

Atlanta Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance – May 14th

This car show features tons of timeless cars and motorcycles, plus live jazz, wine tasting and children’s activities. As a business interested in cars, this is definitely an event we at SouthTowne Hyundai highly recommend.

Salute the Troops – May 27th – 30th

This Memorial Day celebration lets you honor veterans while also getting live music, a laser-show, and fireworks.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – June 2nd – 5th

This festival gives you cuisine of the South and southern regions of the world.

Atlanta Fringe Festival – June 10th

This festival stages 20 new and innovative shows on 5 stages, with previews and closing parties.

AtlantaFest – June 17th – 18th

This Christian music festival is perfect for the young crowd. Two dozen artists play for three days on different stages, with a 5K, camping, and a kids’ zone!

Hyundai Becomes Official Sponsor of the Miami Dolphins

Hyundai and the Miami Dolphins have officially paired up to make an unbeatable duo. That’s right, Hyundai signed its official sponsorship deal with the Miami Dolphins.

This sponsorship adds to four existing ones, with the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers. But it’s just as exciting to add a fifth.

For the upcoming 2016 season, Hyundai will have three vehicles on display at the Dolphins’ stadium for home games. Plus, an air-conditioned premium space at the stadium will be named “The Hyundai Club.” Plus, Hyundai will have digital LED signage that runs on all team-related announcements at the stadium.

“We are excited to partner with Hyundai on this multi-year agreement. Hyundai is a global brand investing in the growth of Miami and South Florida through the Miami Dolphins business and community initiatives,” said Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Todd Kline.

So Hyundai isn’t only helping the Dolphins, but that South Floridian community, too. They’ll give back by being the official sponsor of the Miami Dolphin’s Thanksgiving meal distribution program and will provide the lead vehicle for the start of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge.

Watch out for Hyundai’s vehicle during the first Dolphin game!

Miami Dolphins

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Sets Record For Longest Continuous Journey By A Fuel Cell Vehicle

If you have any doubts about the capability of hydrogen fuel cell technology, you shouldn’t worry about any fuel cell vehicle bearing a Hyundai nameplate. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell recently set a world record for the longest continuous journey by a fuel cell vehicle.

 

The extraordinary feat took place on the M25 motorway (we call them interstates here in the US), an outer belt that runs around London. A team of drivers from the London Hydrogen Network Expansion group took turns driving the Hyundai ix35, making a total of 50 laps around the loop.

 

Hyundai had previously estimated the range of the ix35 Fuel Cell to be 369 miles. For the experiment, the real range turned out to be about 400 miles–almost 12% better!

 

All in all the team drove 6,096 miles over six days. Filling up didn’t add much to the overall time either. The ix35 only takes three minutes to replenish its supply. And remember, that’s 6,096 miles and zero emissions. This was a truly historic trip!

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4 Reasons to Drive the Speed Limit

reasons to drive the speed limitYou could get a ticket. And there is nothing pleasant about getting a ticket. First of all, speeding tickets are pricey, especially if you were going way beyond the speed limit, and can result in increased insurance premiums. Second of all, it makes you late for your destination. And sometimes you have to later appear in court, which also eats up all sorts of time.

 

Speeding increases stress. Speeding contributes to the feeling you have of being in a hurry. The more that feeling increases, the more you see everyone else on the road as being “in your way.” This can make for an extremely unpleasant commute.

 

Speeding can increase the risk of an accident. Speeding often means going faster than the flow of traffic which in turn means you are constantly forced to pass other drivers. This can make you more unpredictable to other drivers, making it less likely that they see you.

 

Speeding doesn’t save enough time. While this is not encouragement to speed excessively, doing so is the only way to really make speeding worth it, in the sense of time saved. But the faster you go, the higher the price; the more expensive the ticket, the more stressful the drive, and the more unpredictable you become to others.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Earns Best All-Around Performance

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Automotive Science Group recognizes vehicles every year for their social, environmental, and economic performance. And this year, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport was honored as BEST 5 All-Around Performance.

The Sante Fe Sport was selected among a group of 104 midsize SUVs. ASG rated all vehicles by performing data-driven automobile assessments to determine award winners. It uses its proprietary Automotive Performance Index, a combination of conventional specs plus environmental, economic, and social performance indicators.

“We are proud the Sante Fe Sport is recognized by the Automotive Science Group as a market segment leader by setting new standards,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager of product planning at Hyundai North America.

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned its ASG honor, with an efficient 2.4-liter engine and amazing standard features like remote keyless entry with alarm, heated exterior power mirrors with a driver’s blind spot mirror, and more.

The Sante Fe gives you efficiency and great technological updates. Try it out at SouthTowne Hyundai today!

Smart Ways to Conserve Fuel

We always want to be as fuel-efficient as we can: it saves the environment and it also saves us some money! Here are some smart ways to conserve fuel.

  • Accelerate gradually – “Jackrabbit” starts, or hammering down on the gas, burn your fuel quicker. Gradually accelerate to save your fuel.
  • Anticipate your stops – When you’re approaching a red light, let your foot off the glass gradually and as early as possible instead of hard stopping.
  • Drive during the cooler parts of the day – During the summer, try driving during the cooler parts of the day. Cooler, dense air can boost power and mileage.
  • Avoid long warm-ups in the winter – These can waste your fuel. Your best bet is driving while your car warms up.
  • At high speeds, use air conditioning instead of open windows – Driving with your windows down causes more drag on the engine when traveling at about 50 mph or above.
  • Maintain recommended tire pressure – Low tire pressure can not only damage your tires but also reduces your fuel economy.
  • Keep your air filter clean – Clogged air filters increase exhaust emissions and burn more fuel.

Ways to conserve fuel