Hyundai-Google Partnership Could Happen

Hyundai-Google Partnership

In the ever-changing, fast-paced automotive market, those who fall behind are generally left behind. As many automakers continue to research and develop autonomous technology, Hyundai is reaching out to one of the top dogs when it comes to technology. Although nothing has been confirmed just yet, a Hyundai-Google partnership could happen sooner rather than later.

Hyundai is one of the few automakers that hasn’t made developing next-level autonomous technology a top priority. In an effort to remain competitive, the Korean brand reached out to Google for help.

Google has been running its own self-driving program and vehicles have logged well over 1.7 million miles. If Hyundai and Google were to join forces, the Korean brand could become an industry leader when it comes to self-driving cars.

John Krafcik, who left Hyundai to join Google last year, would likely aid any partnership. He’s currently in charge of Google’s self-driving car project and in the perfect position to collaborate with Hyundai.

Considering Hyundai is one of the most enthusiastic automakers when it comes to innovative technology, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Korean brand get a jump on the autonomous vehicle market. Having quickly implemented Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software, the Korean brand is always looking for innovative technologies!

We here at SouthTowne Hyundai are hyped to see what a Hyundai-Google partnership could create!

Signs You Need New Brakes

Need New Brakes

The braking system is arguably the most important part of a car. Without it, all that collision prevention technology is useless so it’s important to keep it in top condition. If you need new brakes, feel free to stop in at SouthTowne Hyundai and see what other services we have to offer! Here are a few signs it’s time to have your braking system inspected:

  • Vibrating – If the brake pedal is vibrating, it could be an indicator of warped rotors. Generally caused by braking for long periods of time, like when towing, warped rotors are a danger and mean that the brake pad isn’t touching the surface of the rotor evenly. While it isn’t cause for immediate alarm, it certainly means you should schedule a service appointment as soon as possible and avoid braking for long periods of time.
  • Seeing – By looking through the wheel spokes on most vehicles, it’s possible to perform a physical inspection of your brake pads. The pad should be pressed against the rotor when parked. If it looks like there’s less than a quarter-inch of pad left, make an appointment for the near future.
  • Grinding – A loud grinding or growling sound indicates that the pads are completely gone and you’ve likely damaged your rotors. Make a service appointment right away and don’t be surprised if the technician suggests a new set of rotors altogether.

Upcoming New Hyundai Hydrogen Fuel Cell to be Paired With New Car

Hyundai changed the game when they released the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle, and now, they are working on their second fuel-cell-powered model. We don’t know much about it yet, but we do know that it will debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics.


According to Hyundai Eco-vehicle Development Director Ahn Byung-ki, the new fuel cells will be smaller and made of less platinum, and they will be paired up with an electric motor – which will also be smaller.


As for the model that it will go into, it appears that Hyundai is coming up with something totally new. Rumor has it that the new Hyundai hydrogen fuel cell model will be some sort of crossover SUV.


Hyundai’s mission is to create a vehicle that can drive for 400 miles without needing to stop for gas. We hope this is the car they are talking about!


To learn more about what Hyundai has in store, contact us or visit us anytime at SouthTowne Hyundai.

Hyundai Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Recognize These Heat Exhaustion Symptoms And Know When to Grab a Drink

Though the summer months are slowly fading away, they seem to be leaving the heat behind. The possibility of heat exhaustion is as strong as ever, and yes, you can get heat exhaustion while driving.


The major form of heat exhaustion that most people tend to think about is related to water depletion, but you can also get heat exhaustion from salt depletion. This is why it is important to keep a sports drink on hand.


Some of the heat exhaustion symptoms include: cool, damp skin; excess sweating; dizziness; fatigue; rapid pulse; muscle cramps; nausea; and headaches. If you or a friend is experiencing these symptoms, try to cool down as quickly as possible.


Drink water and remember to keep your salt levels in check. If you have only been drinking water all day – you may be in serious need of electrolytes.


For more car safety tips, contact us or visit us anytime at SouthTowne Hyundai.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

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.

top safety ratings

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